April 2013 Issue


Cottage Life will help you enjoy life at the lake even more with fun and informative articles on everything from how-to projects to inspirational design ideas.

PLUS you’ll get...

  • Discount coupons to our Cottage Life shows
  • Free digital access with your paid subscription
  • Useful renovation and maintenance tips
  • Our annual Real Estate and Grilling issues
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What's Inside April 2013


  • Four on the Floor

    Two different families + inspired architecture = a unique, playful take on sharing. How co-owners make it work with creative thinking.

  • Soak It Up

    Buh-bye, biffy. Hello, gorgeous bathrooms, with clean lines, unusual materials, and an unexpected paint colour that could entice you to bathe all day.

  • These Hallowed Halls

    Tradition reigns at this grand 1899 cottage, as it ages gracefully and with loving care.

  • Chilly? Chili!

    Surprise! It’s more than beef, beans, and tomatoes, but we’ve got that recipe and so much more.


  • Cottage Real Estate 2013

  • The Art of Bargain Hunting

    Expert tips for scoring a cottage to fit your budget.

  • Five Regions to Watch Now

    Where to go in Ontario and how to save even more.

  • Deal? Or No Deal!

    Look for hidden problems with that quirky gem.

  • Waterfront

    Coffee addicts rejoice!; Five cottage-country roasters; Researching Asian carp; Handy water bottle; Algonquin Land Claim; Reporter; Dogs with a job; Photo caption contest winner; Thousand Islands ambassador; Funding for good works

  • Puttering

    Drill bits; how to drill metal; DIY Weekend Stump Remover; quartersawn and plainsawn lumber; gyro screwdriver; brushless motors

  • Cottage Q&A

    Smelly dog; mystery flies; large leech; crib-dock sizing Keywords: With Q&A document

  • In Like Zim

    Guess who’s got a bee in his bonnet and an axe to grind over age-old, clichéd proverbs? Thankfully, his writing is as good as gold.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Warm welcome: As spring arrives, the mourning cloak butterflies flutter to life.

  • Weekender

    I’ve got this: It’s a girl vs. lunch grudge match, winner eat all.

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