October 2004 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.

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What's Inside October 2004


  • Call to Order

    Ten solutions to keep cottage clutter at bay.

  • The Zen Zone

    A Toronto couple created a cottage retreat as serene as their city life is hectic.

  • Father Knows Best

    A closing-up checklist that’s watertight – and would make dear old dad proud.

  • Honk If You Love Flynn’s

    The little store at the foot of the 507 is a must-stop pit stop for Kawartha Highland cottagers.

  • Follow Your Blissters

    A seven-year odyssey of love, sweat, and tears, building a cabin in the heart of wild Temagami.

  • Four on the Floor

    Solid, prefinished, engineered, or laminate – the wood floor in your cottage is not just wood anymore.

  • Easy as Pie

    If you’ve been put off by pastry, it’s time to take another look at this favourite cottage dessert.


  • On the Waterfront

    Cottagey class trip; ice cream with a twist; rock-light show and tell; vintage toasters; potato potlatch; POW canoe discovery; beaver bite and run; the minnow bucket; watery webcam

  • Puttering

    Winterizing your chainsaw; The power of the pruning saw; Tucking away dangling wires; PFD paddle tree; Plastic window coverings; Lifting docks and dock boards

  • Cottage Q&A

    Beer best-before dates; installing a cottage fuel supply; crib docks and the environment; principle-residence claims on rentals; eating freshwater clams.

  • Environment

    The Species at Risk Act protects 233 flora and fauna. Does it put cottage permits in peril?

  • Cottage Finds

    On the bright side: Add some kitsch to your cottage lighting with these quirky table lamps.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    The turncoat conifer: In autumn, our native tamarack goes against the green.

  • Weekender

    Biting the big one.

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