May 2010 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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  • Useful renovation and maintenance tips
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What's Inside May 2010


  • Maggie's Place

    An inventive cottager makes a once-derelict cabin both stylish and cozy, all on a dime.

  • The Other Side Of The Lake

    Michipicoten Bay’s long, beautiful beaches and placid waters can almost make you forget that it’s on rugged Lake Superior. Almost.

  • Working on Sunshine

    Install a solar-power system and cut your ties to the grid. We tell you what you need to know.

  • Good Dog

    There’s more to life than ketchup, mustard, and relish. It’s time to teach your hot dogs (and grilled sausages) some new topping tricks.

  • Special Boating Section

  • Going Concern

    Marinas are closing, taking their boat slips with them. What will water-access cottagers do?

  • Around The Loop In 80 Days

    One very tiny runabout, two young women, and a challenging 9,600-km ride.

  • Nautical Selection

    Boat design is always evolving. Here are the newest innovations and features in our favourite rides.


  • Waterfront

    The boathouse that wouldn’t be; Prep for bear season; The keepsake couch; Books for everyone; Secret sites of the Group of Seven; Solar-powered bilge pump; Here come the carp?; Reporter; Revival of Kilcoo camp classic canoes

  • Puttering

    Spark plug upkeep; Extension cords; Fishing rod rack; Turning a freezer into a fridge; Replacing lawn chair webbing; curtain-rod tool holder

  • Cottage Q&A

    Rejuvenate an unused canoe; how to get rid of ants; the truth about private lakes; slimy parasite found; regulations for old privies

  • Cottage Coup

    Tackle the chores or head down to the dock? One cottager’s imaginative solution.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Slip Sliding Away: The endangered eastern fox snake looks dangerous but really isn’t.

  • Weekender

    Traffic Report: Seems like everyone’s jockeying for position these days, even the bugs.

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