Aug/Sept 2020 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 2020


  • The 100-Year Pitch

    These cottagers take baseball seriously—while having a grand slam great time. Play ball!

  • Cottage Music

    Classic rock is the go-to summer soundtrack. And we think we know why those songs endure.

  • We Swim

    Rain or shine, taking a dip is a great cottage tradition. What is it about water that draws us in?

  • PFD Buying Guide

    What you wear matters. How to choose the right lifejacket or PFD for you and your family.

  • Slaw Talent

    Coleslaw is fast, cheap, and easy, plus it keeps well. You’ll want to try these four delicious recipes.


  • Waterfront

    Games are us: trivia and CL readers’ faves; how to jigsaw like a pro; try new games; Safe Quiet Lakes; Nancy Drew is always sleuthing; Reporter; a chores-based card game; gas station food: you’re going to eat that?!

  • Workshop

    Build your own puzzle table; how to remove caulking; quick fixes for a squeaky bed; why you need anti-tip brackets for your stove; easy-to-install window film to beat the heat; hide valuables with these secret stash spots

  • Cottage Q&A

    The truth about cats and birds; how to stop ants from destroying your plants; painting a subfloor; putting a flush toilet in an outhouse; do loons kill ducks?

  • Games for One

    Even if you’re all alone at the cottage, you can still have fun. You only need a deck of cards.

  • Zim Weighs In

    Some cottage rules and traditions don’t make sense. But Zim knows how to make that crazy logic work in your favour.

  • Boating

    Want an alternative to gas? Convert your boat to e-power—it’s not as difficult as you think. All you have to do is start with a few simple questions.

  • Style Ideas

    Ahh, rinsing off under a cloudless sky or in the moonlight feels great. Looking for an outdoor shower? Here are your options. Even some with hot water!

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Plentiful king bolete mushrooms reign in the forest, nourishing trees with their water and nutrients.

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