June 2011 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 June 2011


  • Dare to Go Bare

    On Barearse Island, the owners of this tiny, renovated off-grid cabin can do whatever they want—trousers optional.

  • Cast a Spell

    Nothing says old-fashioned glamour like the enchanting verandahs of the Thousand Islands.

  • The Queen of Clubs

    At Sixteen Island Lake in Saint-Sauveur, Quebec, the Club has been at the heart of cottaging for more than a century.

  • Flip Your Lid

    Is a metal roof worth the investment? Here’s what you need to know.

  • Grill Guide: Fish & Seafood

    Grilling techniques and tips; does frozen beat fresh?; how to stop sticking; sizzling, scrumptious recipes; prep calamari like a pro; dipping sauces; shrimps, scallops, oysters, clams, mussels, and more


  • Waterfront

    Return of the cougar; Animal second acts; Lifejacket rewards; A ROM-inspired woodshed; Long-distance swim primer; Turtle spat; Book shelf picks; News about leases; Four-legged photo assistant

  • Puttering

    A smarter way to sharpen your chisels; father’s Day gifts for dads who DIY; how to get a sticky sliding door rolling; a swim raft on wheels; low-tech dryer for resealable plastic food bags

  • Cottage Q&A

    Mossie lunch; UV-system tips; inheritance taxes; bylaws on rebuilding; glowing wood

  • Environment

    Is this the last summer for eels?

  • Cottage Lore

    My first job: A lake summer like no other.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Tiny terror: The six-spotted tiger beetle is fearsome, fast, and furious.

  • Weekender

    “I approve this message!” And the last word goes to the chipmunk.

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