Fall 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 Fall 2017


  • Closing-Up Guide

    Smarter ways to put your boats, docks, plumbing, and more to bed—with a lot less stress.

  • Something in the Water

    Drink from your lake? You just need a water-filtration system. Here are your options.

  • How to Build a Family Cabin

    Three generations pitch in to build a retreat—and learn about cooperation along the way.


  • Waterfront

    Quaff a craft beer at Boshkung Brewing in Minden Hills, Ont.; Reporter; sleep better at the lake; food gadgets tested; sky lanterns banned; return of the eagles; a unique Canada 150 project; “celebrity” lakes

  • Workshop

    Build a fold-up workbench; wheeled dock-mover invention; new jack city: handy farm and bottle jacks and how to use them; Tesla solar roof tiles; six small problem-solving gadgets for your workshop

  • Feast: campfire desserts

    Bannock; baking basics; cottage pudding cake; whole wheat biscuit mix; cinnamon swirly buns; grilled pineapple wedges; easy dessert bundles; pecan skillet brownies, mmm!

  • Cottage Q&A

    Moose antlers; foam block docks; red squirrels; holding tanks; nearby hunters.

  • The List

    At closing-up time, here’s what you shouldn’t leave behind.

  • In Like Zim

    Zim’s take on all the beautiful people in those cottage ads.

  • Cottage Watch

    Are there fewer fish now? And why fishing may be the solution.

  • Style Ideas

    Look at what you look through: a window is more than just a view.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Red squirrels are busy in the fall, stocking up for the cold season.

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