Mar/Apr 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.

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 Mar/Apr 2019


  • Real Estate 2019

    Building from scratch on a vacant lot can be an affordable route to owning a cottage. Or, maybe not.

  • Party of 40

    Join in on the moving mystery dinner, where neighbours become friends, and nobody leaves hungry.

  • An Outside Job

    Choosing siding gets crazy-making. Wood, vinyl, composite, or fibre cement? Installed or DIY? Sort through the options with our handy guide.

  • Old at Heart

    Innovative design keeps the cherished 1940s family cottage at the centre of this stylish remake.


  • Waterfront

    Get your greens at this heirloom veggie farm; a colourful frog; it’s raining trivia; new cottage reno docu-series; the ruling on non-motorized vessels; Reporter; emoji fun; dock vs. mini tornado

  • Workshop

    How to choose the right saw blade for the job; a super grabby construction glue; hull-saving dock fenders; apply a satiny finish like a pro; eavestrough cleaning know-how; easy mountain shelf project

  • Feast

    Best make-ahead breakfasts; lemon raspberry loaf; cinnamon streusel coffee cake; vegetarian breakfast enchiladas; sausage, apple, and thyme bread pudding bites; ham and cheese sconewiches

  • Cottage Q&A

    Organizing tips; growing cannabis; unusual moss; outdoor heaters; do geese poop in the water?

  • Solutions

    Ramp up your trailering skills for a perfect put-in.

  • Zim Weighs In

    There’s a lot of plastic at the cottage. And that may be okay.

  • Legacy

    Cottaging can be intimidating for people of colour. But why is that?

  • The Fine Print

    Water weeds, argh. We can help you with the permits.

  • Style Ideas

    A tiny chic DIY cabin packed with space-saving tips.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    You’ll hear the chorus frog croak from far, far away.

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