Aug/Sept 2021 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.

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  • Free digital access with your paid subscription
  • Useful renovation and maintenance tips
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What's Inside Aug/Sept 2021


  • May Island Magic

    Among the fancy cottages of Lake Rosseau lies this charmer, home to a delightful collection of treasures and the king of puttering.

  • A Cottage for Every Body

    Making your cottage more accessible to people with disabilities or the elderly is easier than you might think.

  • Cold Comfort

    The days are hot and the snacks are cold: four refreshing ice pop recipes to help both kids and adults chill out.

  • They Are More Afraid of You

    Is there a more misunderstood cottage creature than the snake? Read our ID guide to “scary” serpents and you’ll fear no more.

  • A Snake in the Grass

    For this new cottage owner, learning to live with the resident rattlers was the easy part.


  • Waterfront

    Attack of the alien invaders!; invasives list update; red fox spotting tips; group efforts for fire prevention; Plaunt cottage— where are they now? Seven flavour bombs from Bob Blumer; Reporter; buying a cottage sight unseen

  • Workshop

    How to rewire an old lamp; keep rot away from your outhouse; step-by-step guide for replacing a toilet; Real tool: track saws; the difference between rails and stiles; feed birds, not bears with our latest reader project

  • Cottage Q&A

    Aspens vs. yellow-bellied sapsuckers; antibacterial soap vs. your septic system; how to turn your RRSP into a cottage; mystery white marks on the basement floor; using straw bales as cabin skirting

  • Legacy

    Blueberries are the summertime blues that need no cure. Celebrating the sweetest little fruit of the season. Plus: a classic recipe for blueberry-peach crisp.

  • Zim Weighs In

    A familiar foe, the cousin who doesn’t pitch in, presents a tricky challenge to cottage sharers.

  • Style Ideas

    These two trailers are an affordable—and surprisingly chic—take on the cottage bunkie.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    The eastern red-backed salamander is all around you at the lake, but you’ve probably never seen it.

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