August 2023 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 August 2023


  • "The Cottage is Boring!"

    Fear not, parents! Expert tips on how to rekindle kid lake love.

  • The Last Flight of the Ariel V

    After a tragic hydroplane accident 65 years ago, history has brought this fated boat back home.

  • How Pull a Vanishing Act

    Animals have many strategies to stay hidden from hungry predators—and us.

  • To Top It All Off

    We’re overhauling the bun, the cut, and the toppings. It’s time to fancy up your franks.


  • Waterfront

    Toys for older kids; Reporter; Oak Lake Palooza; aging dock disposal; test boat noise; meet a storm chaser; loons shake a leg; Great Lakes smart buoys; get to know Honey Harbour, Ont.; parents downsize to the cottage

  • Workshop

    Beat the heat without AC; avoid power tool burnout; composite decking; ductless mini-splits; choose your vise; vise pads; clear septic clogs; repurpose sad pool noodles

  • Cottage Q&A

    Hanging grandma’s quilt; gauging propane levels; creosote substitute; lightweight dock options; ID’ing fossils

  • Forces for Nature

    Beavers are a common cottage foe, but this is why we should embrace them now more than ever.

  • Solutions

    Modern heat pumps are an energy-efficient, cost-effective way to control the temperature in your place.

  • Style Ideas

    This Aussie transformed her cottage with a lot of colour and a ton of joy.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    What would summer be without the blueberry? We just hope the animals leave some for us.

  • Cottage Glossary

    That word for when the sun hits the water juuuust right.

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