Mar/Apr 2020 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 Mar/Apr 2020


  • At the End of the Highway

    In Desolation Sound, B.C., the isolation is part of the charm.

  • Take Back the Power

    Going off grid is cheaper and easier than ever. Here are 8 great reasons to do it now.

  • Taste of the Season

    Spring’s first fruits are here—finally! Make one of these 7 easy and delicious dishes.

  • Real Estate 2020

    Buying for the first time can be intimidating. New cottagers share their strategies for breaking in to the market.

  • TV Sneak Peek

    Meet the stars of our new show, Life Below Zero Canada.


  • Waterfront

    What not to forget on opening-up weekend; beers and chores; test your invasives IQ; frog vs. spider; maple syrup is big business; a utility knife for cottagers; ode to the Swiss Army knife; how the mosquito changed history

  • Workshop

    Use your car as a generator; protect wooden chair legs from rot; an Alberta take on an outdoor tiki bar; why your cottage needs a rain barrel; a useful scraper; linseed oil paint for window frames; cleaner paintbrush cleaning

  • Cottage Q&A

    The kind of sugar-water solution to leave out for birds; the benefits of security cameras; the best foundation for a shed; why zebra mussels come and go; what animal left all this poop in our kayak?

  • Zim Weighs In

    A lifejacket, a pool noodle, a shiny new cooler, a Tilley hat, a canoe: all manner of things float up to your dock. You can’t keep it—or maybe you can…

  • Cottage Watch

    The Great Lakes are at their highest levels ever. We look at the theories, the solutions, and the forecast.

  • Metahumour

    The zombies are coming! How to fortify your cottage against the undead and other disasters. (For real? You decide.)

  • Style Ideas

    Beautiful and sustainable: why more and more cottagers are opting for these three alternative building methods.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    This keystone rodent creates wetlands bustling with life—lots and lots of it.

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