October 2011 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 October 2011


  • The Sheer Pluck Club

    Think you’re too old to cottage? Take a cue from these survivors and their secrets to longevity.

  • Chip Truck Confidential

    Mmm! The fries at these roadside wagons always draw a crowd. But they’re not the only attraction.

  • Builders & the Beach

    Welcome to Big Sand Bay on Christian Island, where artsy meets eclectic meets quirky. The beach is fantastic too.

  • Close Encounters of the Bear Kind

    Seems like they’re everywhere in cottage country these days. What’s really happening with our hairy, hungry neighbours?

  • The Big Finish

    Sweet treats to use up your summer pantry—peanut butter, cereal, even the pretzels!


  • Waterfront

    Fall fairs rock on; fair-sized events; forest by Forfar; eating singlehandedly; world’s biggest small catch; reporter; prep-kitchen peek; provincial election time; great reads; you’ve got moose mail

  • Puttering

    Flooring alternatives; extendable poles; vinyl siding repair; fall closing-up reminders; easy edge-sanding jig; wakeskating without the boat; bare-bones boat launch

  • Cottage Q&A

    Insurance for cottage raising; baseboard heater paint; fear of fungus art; winter water storage

  • Cottage Watch

    Triage on the Trent-Severn: Who will fix the Waterway, and who will pay for it?

  • Solutions

    Weapons of warm: Portable electric heaters

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Evil eye: The striking berries of a doll’s eye plant are a warning to would-be pickers.

  • Weekender

    The towel is the message: This bath sheet really says it all.

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