May 2019 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 2019


  • The Gong Show Weekend

    It may be the most cottagey party in the country, and the most kid-friendly. Here are their secrets on getting organized to make it work.

  • How to Handle Guests

    The A to Z guide to the care and feeding of cottage guests—so they’ll have a good time, and you will too.

  • Grill Guide 2019: Go Epic!

    Time for the meal of the summer. Skip the hot dogs, and think delicious lobster, oysters, mixed grill, and other mouth-watering dishes from Canada’s top chefs.

  • Emergency Cottage Fixes

    Flooded road? No TP? Grandma got into the special brownies? This is a job for Captain Cottager! (That’s you.)


  • Waterfront

    Got an odd job? Nikki’s Cottage Care can take it on; birdhouse bedrooms; grab a burger in the middle of Shuswap Lake, B.C.; Reporter; gotta-get grill tools; the killer wildlife of cottage country; electric ferries on order; beech bark disease update

  • Workshop

    This DIY lake-shaped cheeseboard is the perfect host gift; fix a smelly sink trap; extend your outboard’s life with an in-line fuel filter; how to spalt wood; unstick a sticking wooden drawer; paddleboard storage rack invention; a superior screw

  • Cottage Q&A

    Too many cluster flies; caterpillar ID; flooded well water; renting liability; how to measure distance over water.

  • Solutions

    A wall tent may be the answer to your overcrowding problem.

  • Zim Weighs In

    Guests can arrive with some pretty weird things.

  • The Fine Print

    So you’re buying a boat. Do you have all your papers?

  • Style Ideas

    It’s no mystery why Yannick Bisson loves his new cottage.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    White-tailed deer have their babies in the spring.

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