Early Summer 2017 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 2017


  • Our National Pastime

    Essays and photos about the place where we feel most Canadian.

  • Cottage Country

    Exclusive! Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on how the cottage has shaped him, his family, and this nation.

  • Estate of the Nation

    What exactly goes on at our official summer retreat, Harrington Lake? You may be surprised.

  • Plant a Tree, Grow a Forest

    We challenge cottagers to put a tree in the ground this year to celebrate Canada 150. Here’s how to plant it right.

  • American Woman

    After a lifetime on a Canadian lake, Connie Wahl has a thing or two to teach us about cottaging.


  • Waterfront

    Dock & dine at the Waubic (or helicopter in!); Reporter; beat the bugs, naturally; a better canoe; teenage escapade exposed; great 150 gear we like; the iconic Canadian wildlife we love to hate

  • Workshop

    Things every Canadian cottager should know; choose the right duct tape; best glue; keep mice away; secure a dock umbrella; learn your fasteners; make a jig; undent wood; use…peanut butter?!

  • Cottage Feast

    Canadian mashup recipes; lobster roll bagel spread; double-double sugar pie; beer and bacon poutine; snacks for a 150 party; wild rice salad with Bloody Caesar dressing; rye and ginger strip loin

  • The List

    Fly the Maple Leaf, but do it correctly with these key tips.

  • Cottage Q&A

    Loons, shipping container cabins, blocked propane, too much noise.

  • In Like Zim

    Cottagers have made Canada awesome. A little credit, please!

  • Style Ideas

    How to choose the right cottage chair for dock or deck.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Ruby-throated hummingbirds are tiny and talented.

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