Mar/Apr 2024 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
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What's Inside Mar/Apr 2024


  • Best of Cottage Country

    A totally debatable, not-at-all logical, completely unscientific compendium of your (and our) favourite parts of cottage life.

  • Meet Her at the Lake

    It was a cottage setting that launched novelist Carley Fortune’s career.

  • Learning the Ropes

    Our handy guide to mastering seven key knots (while maintaining the life of your lines).

  • The Kits Are Alright

    The learning starts early for baby foxes, bears, and birds. Here’s how.


  • Waterfront

    A CL tribute, hammock-style; cashing in empties for a good cause; easy, cheesy bread recipe; the origins of seven wildlife idioms; how Facebook helped an injured fox; Reporter; Carley Fortune’s favourite spots; a flock of ball players?; this cottage purchase took a leap of faith

  • Workshop

    Portable power options for when the juice goes out; one reader’s DIY Finnish-style sauna build; repair strategies for those leaky fridge and woodstove seals; a simple trick to cut PVC pipe; how to build a Leopold bench in one weekend; help the planet—choose insulation with a small carbon footprint

  • Cottage Q&A

    The best mattresses for high indoor humidity; is it a gray fox or a red fox?; a mysterious rash from the lake water; capital gains and selling the cottage; how many fires do trains cause?

  • Style Ideas

    Holy clever design, Batman! This architect built his Quebec retreat with a thousand of those flying, mosquito-eating mammals in mind.

  • Cottage Glossary

    Time to suit up, kids! A charming name for the safest vest a cottager can own.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Spring beauty sprouts from the forest floor under leafless trees and amid the still-melting snow.

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