May 2016 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 2016


  • A Makeover Story

    The cabin was rundown and dated, But go-getters Bonny and Tom rolled up their sleeves and made it into a relaxed, inviting retreat.

  • Let’s Do Launch

    It’s almost boating season. Time to spruce up your ride. You want to turn heads, don’t you?

  • The Good-Time Drifters

    Nearly no one knows about this cozy, fun-loving float-cabin community in B.C. We take a peek at this hidden beauty.

  • Grill Skills: Her Cred’s at Steak

    Our editor goes to barbecue boot camp with the Grill Genius and learns tons of tips and techniques. You can too. Plus: great grilling gear!


  • Waterfront

    Hot baked goods; Reporter; read these instructions; what not to put in the water; boat rental portal; her boots make her fearless; drowning stats; an off-grid clothes washer; a wild caterpillar

  • Workshop

    Choose your exterior siding; vertical drainage gap; post anchor kit; muskrat deterrent invention; copper pipe DIY project; tips for drilling a perpendicular hole; a self-centering hinge bit

  • Cottage Feast

    Add flavour with a crust: sesame tuna, pepper steak, ribs, and more; speedy barbecue sauces; celebrity chefs’ pantry secrets; the jaffle: an Aussie campfire staple; brining trout; three charcoals

  • Cottage Q&A

    Retiring a boat, fence disputes, 911 resources, crib docks, mystery spider.

  • In Like Zim

    The drive to the cottage used to be fun. Remember all the amazing stuff along the way?

  • Style Ideas

    Kitchens worth celebrating: from rustic to modern.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    The song of the black-throated green warbler is persistent and distinctive.

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