June 2012 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.

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  • 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 2012


  • Play It Again, Sam

    Everyone from Benny Goodman to Sam Roberts to Snoop Dogg has played the Kee to Bala, the Lake Muskoka venue that's like no other

  • Ready, Set, Mallory

    Kick back at the cottage? This family would much rather bike or climb—for the fun of it, and to prepare for their next big adventure challenge

  • Three Walls, Hold the Floor

    A boathouse can be a stunning addition to your cottage and a confounding challenge to build. Here's what you need to know, from the designers and builders themselves

  • Grill Guide to Essential Sides

    Our 25 all-time favourite side dishes, perfect for serving with grilled foods, including yummy recipes for tomatoes and corn, plus sides for beef, pork, chicken, burgers and fish


  • Waterfront

    Elvis spotted in cottage country; Fun festivals; Nautical outhouse; Bad guests begone; Planting for wildlife; Reporter; Books about brewskis; Silver maples and allergies; Host gifts gone wild

  • Puttering

    Bending metal; modular dock systems; fixing your wobbly ceiling fan; how to diagnose a running toilet

  • Cottage Q&A

    Protecting pine floors; woodworms; bug bites; easements; what are these suckers

  • Cottage Watch

    The state of cottage-country healthcare

  • In Like Zim

    Talkin' Trash: It’s a dirty job, but Zim’s on it.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    The Wild Ones: Blue flag irises are strategic, getting pollinated on their own terms

  • Weekender

    Anniversary Essay: The iconic swim

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