May 2021 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 2021


  • The Seven Deadly Sins

    We asked seven of Canada’s top writers to confess how the cottage can bring out the best (and the worst) in us.

  • Container Camp Charm

    When they had to replace their falling-down A-frame, this Thunder Bay, Ont., family found a surprising solution for their new camp.

  • Support Authority

    Is your cottage foundation on its last legs? How to tell—and how to fix it.

  • Grill Guide 2021

    Get it while it’s hot! Expert secrets for using rubs, sauces, and glazes. Plus, essential barbecue maintenance tips.


  • Waterfront

    Top 10 opening weekend activities; a cottage tragedy silver lining; what’s an AED?; Ötillö: the hottest new cottage pastime; better internet is coming; grill this, not that; Reporter; cottages are expensive—consider a condo

  • Workshop

    Five different deck railing designs; smelly outhouse solution; soldering vs. brazing vs. welding; fishing gear fix-up; build this light for uneven surfaces; get in shape for DIY season; a clever solar pontoon conversion

  • Cottage Q&A

    Mice and matches fire concerns; how to save birds and preserve your view; is two-ply safe for septics?; cedar shake maintenance; new insurance hikes.

  • Cottage Watch

    It’s a tale as old as time: quiet cottagers vs. noisy wakeboaters. Is there a way to enjoy these activities and keep the peace?

  • Zim Weighs In

    Sharing the waterfront—it’s easier said than done. But it’s for the best when you learn to get along with your neighbours.

  • Style Ideas

    These two young families updated a dated bungalow with a fresh look by sharing the load (and the fun).

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Flower flies, which are often mistaken for bees, neither sting nor bite, but they’re a similarly important pollinator.

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