Early Summer 2018 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 2018


  • The Queen Bee

    At 22, she brought the struggling cottage store of her childhood back to life.

  • When Nature Swipes Right

    You’d be surprised at what dating is like in the animal world. These guys are wild!

  • Summer Lovin’

    We asked you about your cottage romances. Here are your sweet (aww, sniff) and silly stories.

  • Succession Strategies

    Who will take over your cottage? How will you make it happen? Can you save some money? We have the answers.


  • Waterfront

    Healthy watershed help from Kawartha Conservation; Reporter; crazy cottagey foods; blue jay vs. blue jay; an amphibian surprise; solar patio lights; hosting a cottage wedding? Make this centrepiece

  • Workshop

    Build a bee box; how to handle pesky squirrel invaders; tips to remove stubborn old nails; showdown: brush cutters vs. weed whackers; boat cover spray protection; swing-in dock staircase invention

  • Feast

    ¡Tostadas! Spice it up with this Mexican fiesta; tomatillo chicken; crispy shrimp with fruit salsa; guacamole, cheeses, and other tasty toppings; black bean spread; watermelon and cucumber salad; horchata

  • Style Ideas

    You’ll love these three love shacks.

  • Cottage Q&A

    Earthships; chaga; vendor mortgages; green chainsaw oil; fridge fin frost.

  • Cottage Watch

    The OMB is on its way out. How will its replacement affect cottagers?

  • Zim Weighs In

    Take a big swig of your lake water. Zim’s done it.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    The pitcher plant is home to some and ruin to others.

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