May 2013 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 2013


  • The Life Compact

    One couple, three boys, and two big dogs in a 840 sq. ft. BC cabin? With a clever design and inventive storage solutions, they make it work.

  • How the Nest Was Done

    If you’ve ever wondered where that bird was going with that scrap of plastic or twig, here’s the lowdown on nine cottage-country nesters.

  • The Seven Year Pitch

    The platform was supposed to be temporary, but now it’s their cottage. You’ll be amazed by these unorthodox campers.

  • Lunch Break

    We’ve all got better things to do, right? Get out of the kitchen with our lunchtime rescue ideas.


  • Cottage Boating 2013

  • A Green, Lean, Boating Dream

    A new Canadian boat is making waves with an alternative eco-fuel.

  • How Now, Pontoon?

    Pontoon boats are all the rage and not just slow floating barges anymore.

  • Revamp Your Ride

    Don’t ditch your boat, when you can easily upgrade your outboard.

  • 10 Secrets to Better Boat Buying

    Find your perfect match with these tips from the pros.

  • Waterfront

    Ride the mountain bike trail; Know your bike parts; Invasives for dinner; A new-style heaving line; Reporter; Towing etiquette; Eager frogs; May Two-Four snowman; The world’s longest porch?

  • Puttering

    Update your chair upholstery; how to paint a chair; rewire a receptacle to Code; solo DIY tips; emergency roof repairs; see-saw dock ramp; a better bilge pump

  • Cottage Q&A

    Sauna mould; vent a crawl space; algae blooms; weird-looking plant; osprey nests

  • Real Estate

    We got emotionally invested in the cottage, even though it wasn’t really ours.

  • In Like Zim

    Answers, sure, I’ve got a few. But I get some questions that are head-scratchers.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Fast and Furious: The peregrine falcon, once nearly extinct in Ontario, flies again.

  • Weekender

    Turtle Landing: Even reptiles need a little relaxation time.

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