October 2008 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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  • 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 October 2008


  • Drop-Off Zone

    Create a multi-function storage space in an underused area of your cottage.

  • The White House

    Vintage finds, a touch of whimsy, and a truck full of paint make for a simply stylish retreat.

  • Happy Trails

    How a well-planned path takes you from here to there quickly, safely, and treading lightly.

  • Secrets of Presqu’ile

    Smugglers, squatters, and shipwrecks: The MacKenzie clan has seen it all in six generations on Lake Ontario.

  • Flip It, Fold It, Wrap It, Stack It

    The pancake isn’t just for breakfast anymore—from basics to crepes to clafouti and more.


  • On the Waterfront

    My favourite trophy wall; Have sailing school, will travel; Don’t Ask Zim!; Army bar-cart builders; Goats on the roof; Sanctuary bunkie; Animal groups; Reporter; The eco-shed; Our six-word cottage memoir contest

  • Puttering

    Games table. Download the template for this project; Manual log splitter; Household heating; Ladder safety; Combination bolt lock; Shore shrub-staking; Native plants; Oil-tank trailer; dinner board

  • Cottage Q&A

    Burning garbage; defibrillators; air intake for woodstoves; deer deformity; ice scours.

  • Cottage Watch

    You’ll be getting your updated property assessment any day now. Don’t panic. Here’s how to handle it.

  • Solutions

    It sneaks in quietly, invisibly, imperceptibly. The cottage hazard you can’t detect and the essential device that can.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Travellin’ blues: The jays are movin’ on.

  • Weekender

    Lesser-known cottage-closing traditions.

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