May 2008 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 May 2008


  • Perched on a Cliff

    An expat Canadian revives her West Coast roots with a tiny, perfect Bowen Island retreat.

  • A Cottage Greenovation

    Love our planet? Give your cottage an eco-makeover.

  • Custodians of Paradise

    The recipients of our 2nd annual Green Cottager Awards.

  • Restore, Replant, Relax

    Three inspiring ways to nurture a natural shoreline.

  • How to Choose a Greener Cleaner

    Pick the right soap and shampoo and you can help preserve your lake’s water quality.

  • All the Kids Came Back

    The car-free, carefree cottagers of Victoria Beach.

  • Take the High Road

    You’re enviro-everything, but what about your car? Here’s a greener way to drive to the cottage.

  • The Secret Life of Spring Flowers

    The magical beauties of the awakening forest floor.

  • Preferred Shares

    Time-tested recipes from cottager cookbooks.


  • On the Waterfront

    My Favourite Critter; New traffic options; ThirstyWear; Ask Zim; Reporter; Walking stick; Online cottage connections; Carbon calculations; A wine for trees; Monopoly Mark 2; Waiting for a ball

  • Puttering

    Suitcase stand; Portable air compressor; Sustainable insulation; Lithium-ion batteries; Local, independent sawmills; Readying new wood for stain; A water pump or generator house; Two-jug water system; Raccoon-thwarting fence

  • Cottage Q&A

    A big dig, canoe identification, a tree mystery, bottled water options, Trent-Severn real estate.

  • Cottage Coup

    Stranger in a Strange Land: The smell, the noise, the creatures. What is this place and what is it doing to me?

  • Cottage Watch

    When the Sun Goes Down: Will wind turbines work at your off-grid cottage?

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Layaway Plan: The wily cowbird never puts all her eggs in one basket.

  • Weekender

    The first job is making the job jar.

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