May 2020 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 2020


  • Beer, Bacon & Old-School Boathouses

    What defines the cottage? We’ve tackled that question before. A selection of essays from past issues on the icons we cherish.

  • The Rescue Mission

    They always got to their remote cottages by boat. Then their marina went up for sale. Here’s what happened next.

  • Asked & Answered

    In a super-sized Cottage Q&A, we revisit the most popular queries from the last three decades.

  • One Tart to Rule Them All

    The most iconic cottage treat? A butter tart, of course. But what do you really know about them? Plus: the best recipe.

  • The Scars We Bear

    A bear attack can change your life—in surprising ways.


  • Waterfront

    Q&A with the loon, the crown fowl of cottage country; our most iconic CL covers; Reporter; new boathouse and dock law; names for birds; build a better burger; the foam cooler: anti-classic, then and now; is that a dinosaur?!

  • Workshop

    The favourite tools of our puttering contributors; one trick to force a crooked plank into place; tips for keeping your trees trim and fit; how to join black poly pipe; a deck chair invention with built-in footrests

  • Solutions

    What to do when your vehicle only holds so much? You can carry everything from firewood to mattresses in a utility trailer. The add-on you didn’t know you needed.

  • Zim Weighs In

    No ride to the cottage? Our Zim has a few suggestions for the car-less: some unorthodox, some long out of fashion, and some downright dangerous.

  • Style Ideas

    This environmentally conscious young family updated their charming no-chink log cabin with sustainability and modern design in mind.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Birds, bugs, and mammals get food and shelter from the holes pecked out by this busy chiselling woodpecker.

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