May 2022 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 2022


  • The Really Great Outdoors

    Tucked away in B.C.’s Coast Mountains, two parents, a teen, and two young kids squeeze into a 350 sq. ft. cabin—and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Choose Your Own Adventure

    You can do better than a kayak from a big box store. Our buyer’s guide has something for every skill level and every budget.

  • Off the Map

    We all get lost sometimes. But our brains have a clever system to help us navigate—here’s how to hone yours.

  • Hot Take

    It’s our annual grill guide! If you want to barbecue like a boss, try these expert-approved cookers, gizmos, and recipe suggestions.


  • Waterfront

    Get outside gear guide; powwow pointers; tick true-or-false; this cottager will deep dive for you; favourite campfire songs; find a new summer sport; flip a dilapidated cabin into your dream place

  • Workshop

    A tool with at least 11 uses; choose the right work glove; fix furniture wobble; common paint woes, solved; keep your deck in tip-top shape; push sticks and story sticks; change (or remove) tinny livewell hoses; bucket filling trick; a homemade smoking pit

  • Cottage Q&A

    How to tell your neighbours you’re renting; a what-the-heck plant; construction vehicles abuse a right-of-way; WETT inspector alternates; city mice moving into cottage country?

  • Solutions

    Indigenous communities have used controlled burns to mitigate forest fires for millennia—here’s what we can learn from them.

  • Cottage Watch

    Taking photos too close to wildlife is risky for you, but for them, it can be deadly.

  • Style Ideas

    When a birder builds a bunkie, there’s sleep space for people and avian friends alike.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    This pale blue azure butterfly signals the arrival of spring flowers.

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