June 2013 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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  • 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 2013


  • 97 Per Cent True

    Guy Maddin is known for his fantastical films. Now here’s the tell-all tall tale of the filmmaker’s Gimli cottage—Marilyn, moonwalks, and all.

  • Total Loss

    Cottage fires are on the rise. Find out the most common causes and how to protect your place.

  • The Island that Time Forgot

    For most of the year the population is zero. Then Cockburn Island becomes a thriving cottage community, but one with a twist.

  • Are You Sitting Down?

    Straight talk about composting and incinerating toilets: the good, the bad, the ugly, and the ick factor.

  • Smoke It! Grill Guide

    Where there’s smoke, there’s deliciousness! Use your own grill to get the best flavour ever, with recipes for pulled pork, brisket, ribs, chicken, and fish, plus spices, sauces, and rubs. Mmm…


  • Waterfront

    Follow a barn quilt trail; update on Crown land leases; Reporter; Board game trivia; Man vs. leeches; A new book you’ll love; How cottaging changed Neil Young; Cottages for people with developmental disabilities; Fast-track dredging for low water levels

  • Puttering

    Tips for how to hang things, and using French cleats; stuff; two tool vests tested; ball vs. globe vs. gate valves; flowerpot turned outdoor wash basin; tune up your screen and storm doors

  • Cottage Q&A

    Earthworms; horsehair mattress; first-aid kit; runoff in outhouse pit; I/O engine noise

  • Real Estate

    Rental agreements are complicated. What should be included and what shouldn’t?

  • In Like Zim

    I hate the drive to the cottage, and there’s one thing about it that really gets to me.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    One sweet tree: Large-leafed, roomy, and tasty, basswoods feed and house many forest dwellers. They’re good for carving too.

  • Weekender

    Yoga gone wild? Don’t be fooled…

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