May 2014 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
Subscribe Digital Edition Give a Gift Renew

What's Inside May 2014


  • Dreamlandia

    Never heard of Nirivia? These cottagers have been going there for years. And it’s spectacular.

  • Bugs Suck!

    How to deal with blackflies, mosquitoes, horseflies, and other biting insects that we love to hate.

  • No Small Sacrifice

    Your cottage doesn’t have to be big to have a big impact. The tiny house movement is bringing back the little cabin.

  • Cottage Boating 2014:

  • Locking Through: Novice vs. Waterway

  • Trends: More Oomph and Less Work

  • Tech: E-Boats Are Making Waves


  • Waterfront

    Be a better barkeep with pro tips on tools, garnishes, and more; Happy birthday, Victoria; cattails solution for algae; weird weather; reporter; a cabin bought piece by piece; sunbathing turtles; don’t procrastinate: read this!

  • Cottage Feast

    Do up radicchio, arugula, kale, and others on the grill; many ways to make greens; no-cook meals; new near-beers; better burgers; easy curry; shake up your condiments; just what does “adjust” mean?

  • Workshop

    Flexible plumbing piping; coat your deck so it will last longer; simple antler-mount key rack; stacking lumber; deer gate; even up a wobbly chair; unblock a slow faucet

  • Cottage Q&A

    Smoke detectors; water testing; dock shade; mortgages; prickly plants.

  • Cottage Watch

    The new wildlife corridors are working, with some surprises.

  • In Like Zim

    Hot yoga? Ironman boot camp? Our guy’s unimpressed.

  • Cabin Pressure

    Turn wall-to-wall wood into modern rustic style.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    A grand affair: The showy white trillium, the official flower of Ontario, is slow blooming but worth the wait.

  • Weekender

    Take one hungry chipmunk. Add a peanut. Hilarity ensues.

Latest Issues

June/July 2023

May 2023

Mar/Apr 2023

Winter 2022

Sept/Oct 2022

August 2022

Browse Full Archive

Special Editions

How to Buy a Cottage: The Ultimate Interactive Guide image

How to Buy a Cottage: The Ultimate Interactive Guide

Insider tips, essential checklists, important questions to ask, ways to get into the market, where to find bargains, and more. Download the free Cottage Life App to purchase a copy.

Print Sold OutDigital


A collection of 201 great barbecue recipes from 25 years of Cottage Life, plus great party menus and grilling tips. Download the free Cottage Life App to purchase a copy.

Print Sold OutDigital