May 2009 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 2009


  • The Torchbearers

    The recipients of our 2009 Green Cottager Awards are working hard for future generations.

  • Beauty on the Barachois

    Easy living is the custom at this cool and airy retreat by the sea in PEI.

  • A Tolerable Supper

    Miniature ecosystems, lichen feed the multitudes and pretty-up our cottage landscape to boot.

  • Roughing It to the Bush

    You thought your cottage commute was tough! Consider this family’s multi-vehicle journey.

  • The Cottage That Got Away

    Tales of love and loss weave through our family archives.

  • Brewers’ Feast

    Beer in food? It’s not just for chugging anymore. Recipes online.

  • 4 Ways to Use Water Better

    Cottage-friendly technologies to help you get more from your H20 and save your hard-earned cash.


  • Waterfront

    My favourite know-it-all; Pollinator counters wanted; Don’t Ask Zim!; Reporter; Safer wildlife crossings; Six-word contest winners; Website for Great Lakes boaters

  • Puttering

    10 five-gallon bucket ideas - plus two more exclusively on; Paint containers; Water heater quick fix; Toilet options; Four silt-free solutions for foot valves; How to cut glass

  • Cottage Q&A

    Geothermal heating and cooling; wasp-nest removal; trespassing branches; mould cleanup; foot-valve anchor

  • Cottage Watch

    High stakes: Will uranium mining ruin cottage country? Online bonus: a list of resources for cottagers

  • Solutions: Cottage Sharing

    Successfully sharing the cottage: Can we all get along? Online bonus: Peter Lillico's presentation on cottage sharing agreements

  • Nature Scrapbook

    The fisher king: The belted kingfisher heralds its arrival in the north.

  • Weekender

    Water babies: Whatever the species, little ones never tire of splashing about.

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