Early Summer 2016 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 Early Summer 2016


  • Return to Splendour

    With three small kids and two busy careers, why not take on the restoration of a beloved resort? The story of the Opinicon.

  • The Lotion Commotion

    Confused about sunscreen? Here’s what you really need to know to keep your family safe this summer.

  • Learning Curves

    Sometimes it’s easier to build multiple cottages at the same time. Four unique Manitoba cabins—and the man who made them.

  • The Kitty Contingent

    Cottaging isn’t just for dogs. Let’s all celebrate our boat-riding, canoe-tripping, nature-loving, mouse-banishing feline companions.


  • Waterfront

    Learn to wakesurf; Reporter; first aid tips for parents; fun summer reads for the family; an unusual outhouse; a new cross-border trail; Are bugs’ ears really cute? We’ll be the judge of that

  • Workshop

    Whittle a walking stick; tie a rope handle; a patriotic dock invention; a tip for hooking up a trailer; sliding barn doors; Sonotube trick; how to install a zipline; upgrades for your fluorescent lights

  • Cottage Feast

    Easy, ready-to-travel salads; boil an egg the right way; delicious pepper stout beef; how to use up your leftover chipotle; sexy Italian cocktails; Chinese green onion pocket appetizer

  • Cottage Q&A

    Noisy neighbours, smelly water, building permits, principal residence, dead tadpoles.

  • Cottage Watch

    Lyme disease is spreading. How to protect yourself and your family.

  • In Like Zim

    Something is bugging Zim. Oh, yeah: it’s the bugs.

  • Style Ideas

    Brush up on your painting skills before your next DIY project: you really can paint almost anything.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Few cottagers ever catch a glimpse of the fast-moving five-lined skink.

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