June/July 2019 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/July 2019


  • Ready, Set, Let Go!

    Some of Canada’s best writers on how they relate to the wild inside them and around them.

  • Waiting for a Queen to Fly

    Our bees are hurting, but on one Lake Simcoe island, they’re thriving. And it’s a honey of a story.

  • Fantastic Feasts

    Weeds and brush? Nope, that’s dinner. Tips and recipes for foraging a delicious meal. Dig in!

  • A Bog’s Life

    We need wetlands, especially to help prevent flooding. Here’s what you can do to keep them healthy.


  • Waterfront

    It’s hip to be square dancing—grab your partner and do-si-do!; a most unusual portage; fighting a B.C. tax; new boating innovations from Europe; Reporter; hail the (ready-made) Caesar!; Canada’s big things vs. the world’s; the wagon bunkie

  • Workshop

    We love this mobile modular tool storage system; the best way to cool down a hot loft; a simple trick for pulling a rope taut; are your shelves sagging? Here’s how to fix them; best chains to use in water; the raddest, maddest swim raft you’ll ever see

  • Cottage Q&A

    Boathouse and dock insurance; cottage sharing tips; weather vs. climate; strange seeds; HST rebates.

  • Zim Weighs In

    Lend Zim your ear; he’ll tell you all about borrowing.

  • The Fine Print

    Big party = big to-do list. Start with a permit.

  • Style Ideas

    A super simple saltbox special on Nova Scotia’s south shore.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Ovenbirds have a penetrating call and a nest like…an oven.

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