Fall 2014 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 Fall 2014


  • Sweat Devotion

    With a little vision and a lot of elbow grease, a teardown blossoms into a charming retreat.

  • Confessions of a Detailed Mind

    Everything goes according to plan when a pro builder remakes his own Georgian Bay cottage. Well, except for the floor going up in smoke.

  • The 4-Minute Isle

    There’s a tidy little place where the cottages are close to the city, and yet so far away.

  • Who’s a Good Swimmer?

    Cottage dogs love the water. Take a look at these intriguing underwater images by photographer Seth Casteel.


  • Waterfront

    Vintage board games could be worth a mint: how to tell; mystery beach beast; the high costs of low water; Reporter; the skinny on nudity; lighthouse saviours; clever solar water bottle; Lake What?!

  • Cottage Feast

    Turkey for two, with gravy, stuffing, and cranberry salsa; pumpkin beer; caramel apples; a new Caesar; pick the right pan; send us your grill disasters; roasted sweet chile cauliflower; long vs. short grain rice

  • Cottage Workshop

    Skill Set: Safe kindling tips and a handy chopping tool; Job Jar: Simple door fixes; Real Tool: Pump for boat engine oil change; Know-How: Ways to manage dust; Saturday Project: Make your own barometer; Bright Idea: Three options for electrical switches; Great Invention: Dock cooler

  • Cottage Q&A

    Mystery bugs; fire insurance; storing wool; home care; ants on septic

  • In Like Zim

    If you think a leaf blower is a cottage tool, you need to read this. Now.

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