March 2003 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 March 2003


  • The Market Valued

    Here’s what you get for what you pay – comparing 18 regions of cottage real estate.

  • A Whole Lot of Bunk

    Three styles of double-decker sleeping.

  • Who’s Been Peeping in my Den?

    MNR biologist Martyn Obbard gets nose to nose with mama bear and her cubs.

  • Arts & Crafts Movement

    Keeping this 1930s-era cottage from sinking into Christie Lake was a labour of love – and a tribute to its architectural legacy.

  • Using Your Noodles

    Pasta can be stretched a hundred different ways. Try these twists on the tummy-filling favourite.


  • On the Waterfront

    Springtime syrup-makers; picnic table guest book; the classic coffee pot; a lighthouse comes out of the cottage; golf meets croquet at the lake

  • Puttering

    The hole story of drywall patching; the essential cat’s paw; a nail guide for the clou-less; inside the pressure lantern; use a bucket to tape those awkward angles

  • Cottage Watch

    All's well that mends wells: If your old cottage system needs upgrading, tap into a little-known government program that pays for two-thirds of the fix.

  • Cottage Q&A

    When to use plumbing antifreeze for winter flushing; help us identify a mysterious marker; properly insulating floors with vapour barrier; putting in a P-trap.

  • Legacy

    How I married into a cottage only a whisky-swilling, bottle-tossing, paranoid taxidermist could love.

  • Photo Finishers

    Encore! Due to a printing error, we're bringing you our 2002 Photo Contest winners as they should be seen.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Whistling in the dark: Spring inspires the saw-whet owl's nighttime serenade.

  • Weekender

    Catch spring if you can.

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