June/July 2023 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 2023


  • Between the Cedars

    This couple went to great lengths to not disturb the land when building their beautiful B.C. surf shack.

  • Summertime and the Livin’ Is Sneezy

    Dust, mould, bugs, ick. Learn how to combat your cottage allergies.

  • Hook, Line, and Dinner

    Nothing says summer like a fish fry—try ours with zesty tartar sauce.

  • Long-Range Forecase

    Scientist and lake-lover Katharine Hayhoe wants us to talk about the elephant in the cottage: climate change.


  • Waterfront

    Close-up bird feeder photos; Gravenhurst music festival alert; be gone, road salt!; visit Ucluelet, B.C.; Inuit kayak culture returns to Labrador; Reporter; floatie history; freshet, defined; CL cover faves; summer book rec; Alberta family opts out of dream property

  • Workshop

    Spray paint tips; master abrasives; sanding mops; a multitasking ladder; railing painting hack; your roof can be cooler; a quick-change drill; boost boat fuel efficiency; refurbished propane barbecue

  • Cottage Q&A

    Add a dormer to a loft; repainting wooden chairs; swimming squirrels; bats behind glass; what’s considered a recent survey?

  • Boating

    Thinking about purchasing a boat? Our experts weigh in on when to buy.

  • Legacy

    This one is for the Cottage Dads, for whom weekend work serves a clear purpose.

  • Cottage Watch

    Floating homes are causing controversy in cottage country. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Style Ideas

    You need only a glimpse of Kara McIntosh’s classic Georgian Bay cottage to know why it’s her muse.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Move over, dock spider. There’s a new horrifying insect in town.

  • Cottage Glossary

    The can opener (no, we don’t mean the kitchen utensil).

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