May 2024 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 2024


  • Morning Glorious

    Expand your weekend repertoire beyond bacon and eggs. Our 2024 Grill Guide: breakfast edition.

  • One Night Only

    You don’t need a ticket for this family’s epic summer concert on Baptiste Lake. Just paddle up or drop anchor.

  • They All Lived Happily Ever After...

    These cottagers bought in a tumultuous pandemic real estate market. Four years on, do they regret it?

  • The $12,000 Hole to Nowhere

    If you’re thinking of drilling a well, learn from our writer’s costly mistakes.


  • Waterfront

    Invasive carp ID guide; beer terms quiz; A floating coffee roastery; Georgian Bay eco-gin; behold! The new Canadian Canoe Museum; a curious watercraft; bizarre condiment history; trash panda jokes; Reporter

  • Workshop

    Protect your trees from pests; DIY pothole fix; build a “beaver deceiver”; stuff we like: Shoe Goo; best paints for masonry; paint can storage how-to

  • Cottage Q&A

    How do we bring back our frogs?; repair gappy deck boards; who’s responsible for a downed tree in the lake?; jelly-blob mystery; voles vs. waterlines

  • Forces for Nature

    Land trusts aren’t new, but the way we use them is changing. And that’s good for the planet.

  • Cottage Watch

    Severe weather is making cottage insurance more expensive and harder to find. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Style Ideas

    Thinking of a bunkie? These three tiny cabins offer stylish solutions.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    When the days warm up in spring, the endangered Blanding’s turtle starts getting busy.

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