May 2023 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 2023


  • How to Build Your Own A-Frame

    …And look rad doing it. Andrew Szeto is inspiring millions to manifest their own cool cabins.

  • There’s Something in the Wind

    Rig up a DIY sail for your canoe, and then let nature do the work.

  • Crispy, Crusty, Cheesy, Chewy

    For a dinner that’s customizable and on the table in a few minutes, pizza ovens are the answer.


  • Waterfront

    Opening up chill-out; explore Wakefield, Que.; grizzly-black bear hybrid; Smith Bay memory book; deal with bacon grease; Indigenous waterway names; deer twins; Reporter; a P.E.I. cottage on a line of credit

  • Workshop

    Build a turtle nest protector; improve your ruler; prevent glue squeeze-out; NailSlicer Framing blade; a removable canoe yoke; galvanic corrosion; ripped sail repair; save water, install a bidet

  • Cottage Q&A

    Tree age formula; plants vs. septic; boats with your rental; grackle deterrent; including the cottage in your pre-nup

  • Forces for Nature

    Pesky wildlife can test us, but we need to protect all species for a bright environmental future.

  • Cottage Canon

    Six power outage myths that shine a light on what happens when we’re stuck in the dark.

  • Style Ideas

    This gothic-arched cabin is cool inside and out thanks to a timely renovation.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    This iconic animal can beat you in a race just days after being born.

  • Cottage Glossary

    They’re the words you only hear in cottage country. First up, it’s the thunderbox!

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