May 2012 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 2012


  • As the Bird Flies

    How do our avian friends do it? It takes more than wings and a prayer to soar. The science behind their amazing aeronautics.

  • The Milky Way

    From 1940s gloom to contemporary beachfront airiness. Take a look inside this breezy, light-filled transformation—design tricks included.

  • Flea-Bitten

    Catch the sea-flea magic! The little boat that could is enchanting a whole new generation.

  • How to Love Your Leftovers

    A little planning will save you time and make your second meal truly first-rate.


  • Cottage Boating 2012

  • Different Strokes for Kayak Folks

    Go beyond the basics: Tips and techniques to improve your kayaking skills.

  • Boat 4 Sale!

    Don't settle for a lemon: Steps to find the sweetest used boat.

  • Rx for Ailing Outboards

    Engine trouble can leave you stranded. Here’s how to diagnose and cure your problems.

  • Waterfont

    I stalked a monster; Lake creatures of Ontario; Boater Assist; Reporter; Propane Outboard; Books for cooks, kids, builders, and birders; the imaginary cottage

  • Puttering

    Hole digging dos and don'ts; deck building tips; three Ways to Age Wood; how to fix a leaking rivet

  • Cottage Q & A

    Plants for sand; permits for blasting; cures for coliform; foils for mosquitoes and ants

  • Cottage Lore

    A growing problem: Can two bedrooms—and a pullout couch, and a bathtub—hold us together?

  • Cottage Watch

    Ornge alert: On a call with paramedics from Ontario’s air ambulance service.

  • In Like Zim

    Once a paper boy, always a paper boy?

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Hip hoppers: Toads emerge from underground in spring and hit the pond in search of love.

  • Weekender

    Anniversary essay: The iconic canoe.

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