May 2018 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
  • Our annual Real Estate and Grilling issues
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What's Inside May 2018


  • Are We There Yet?

    Do innovations in car technology finally mean the end of cottage traffic? A look at the road ahead.

  • Boat Maintenance: To Redo or Not to Redo

    You may be able to love your boat instead of listing it. Here’s what you can do—and how much it will cost.

  • Shoreline Restoration

    Natural shorelines are all the rage, and better for land, water, and wildlife. Nine ways to get the look.

  • After the Fire

    The wildfire took everything. But these hardy cottagers started over and rebuilt. A story of resilience.

  • Grill Guide to Big Cuts

    Prime rib! Thick steaks! Pork shoulder! Leg of lamb! More than enough for the whole gang.


  • Waterfront

    Trash or treasure? This auctioneer in Apsley, Ont., is the guy to ask; Reporter; you’ll never look at plants the same way again; kids love beer caps; building a community with…a community building; new threats for monarchs; solutions for deer flies; is it a place or a reality show?

  • Workshop

    Make a new cottage sign that will wow your neighbours; handle a full sheet of plywood with a track saw kit; how to harvest rainwater; an inclined wagon-rail invention; strip paint off your hardware with ease; a dozen pro tips for building a bunkie—from roof pitch to floor joists

  • Cottage Q&A

    Barbecue brush; laminate flooring; fireplace ashes; scat mystery.

  • Cottage Watch

    Flood plain maps are essential—and outdated.

  • Zim Weighs In

    Just how much house-ifying can a cottage take?

  • Style Ideas

    A loving makeover for a Manitoba-made Boler trailer.

  • The List

    Listen up, BBQers: You might be making these bad grilling mistakes. Shame on you!

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Cecropia moths mean warm days.

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