Aug/Sept 2019 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 Aug/Sept 2019


  • The Way We Were

    We take a look back at the highs, lows, wins, losses, and questionable cottage fashion of days gone by.

  • Years in the Making

    For decades, this family has been making maybe the most comfortable chair ever. Could it be the best seat to take in what’s around them?

  • Canned Heat

    Propane is for more than just barbecues. But what else should you know about this super useful fuel? How to buy, haul, store, and use it.

  • My So-Called Cottage Life

    I hated going to the lake as a teenager. But sometimes you have to go away to come back.


  • Waterfront

    Vintage tales from an Eaton’s catalogue cottage; fighting invasives on Seymour Lake, B.C.; wildlife baby names; after the floods; a unique cabinet sale; the coolest cooler?; Reporter; chips we’d like to see

  • Workshop

    Saturday project: Make this fun classic marble game; how to scribe deck boards; easy waterski revival light fixture; know your rasps and files; padlock protection tips; restore a wobbly vintage kitchen chair

  • Feast

    Upgrades for cottage faves; s’mores ice cream cake; chip-flavoured butters for corn on the cob; soy-glazed burger with sesame slaw and avocado mayo; Caesar salad skewers; Niçoise devilled eggs

  • Cottage Q&A

    Pressure-treated lumber and your drinking water; wild raspberries; asbestos shingles; ticks on an island; mystery wasp.

  • Zim Weighs In

    Go ahead, build a boathouse. But don’t say Zim didn’t warn you.

  • The Fine Print

    Fireworks and how to use them.

  • Style Ideas

    Are your vintage things trash or real treasures?

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Fireweed springs up after the wildfire is gone.

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