October 2005 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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  • Discount coupons to our Cottage Life shows
  • Free digital access with your paid subscription
  • Useful renovation and maintenance tips
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What's Inside October 2005


  • Play It Again

    Who better than your brother-cum-architect to build a modern Muskoka cottage that echoes the best of summers past.

  • Just a Little Batty

    Meet Robbie Goulden, inventive genius, master storyteller, and zany creator of The Bat Shack on Georgian Bay.

  • Different Stokes

    Not your grandpa’s potbelly, the new woodstoves are sleeker, cleaner, and more efficient.

  • Door with a View

    Pretty and practical, there’s a screen door fit for every cottage entrance.

  • Aw, Shucks

    You’re smiling, aren’t you? It’s time again for the nostalgic fun of a traditional corn roast, the season’s favourite feast.

  • Special Package: Take a Hike Why Don’tcha?

  • Bushwhacking 101

    If you can’t see a trail for the trees at your cottage, cut a private path.

  • How Not to Lose It

    Your way, that is. Use these tips and your wits to stay on course. Read this article online - click here.

  • Get in the Geocaching Game

    There are secret stashes all over cottage country, waiting to be found.

  • You Are Here

    GPS units have a sense of direction, even if you don’t.

  • Kidding Around on the Trail

    Make a walk in the woods fun for little hikers.


  • Puttering

    Can’t do without a cant hook; Stop rooftop moss; Old grill resurfaces as a table; Tankless hot-water heater; Teeter-totter plotter; lattice tire grip

  • On the Waterfront

    Rock star of another sort; gator caper on Wolfe Lake; shake-and-shine flashlight; solar-power bargain hunter; Simcoe cottage moves into history; the doorframe chronicles; tackle on loan

  • Cottage Q&A

    Whether to rake or leave them be; the quota for trapping minnows; ewww! A stringlike parasite busts out; low-flow toilet guidelines; cottage pump springs a leak.

  • Cottage Finds

    On the hook: Handy holders for your cottage clutter.

  • Solutions

    Digs in blankets: Take the chill off your old cottage with new insulations. Four options for a retrofit.

  • Cottage Watch

    Scene-stealer? Smog-cutter? What will wind towers do to cottage country?

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Picnic at the beech: Bears and others eat their fill of this tree's rich fall harvest.

  • Weekender

    The fishing-gene pool

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