October 2013 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 2013


  • Faith, Hope, and Clarity

    They bought the lot in winter. It’s home to a rattlesnake zone. And the modern cottage they built looks like nothing else on Georgian Bay.

  • The Hand-Me-Down Blues

    Don’t despair! There are ways to keep the cottage in the family. With careful planning and our expert tips, you can ensure a future by the lake.

  • The Last Picture Show

    With found film footage and a lifetime of cottage memories, artist Elizabeth Siegfried has created a captivating photo exhibition.

  • Pie Society

    Flaky pastry. Scrumptious filling. Dutch apple; fresh raspberry; Swiss cheese, mushroom, and onion. Who doesn’t love homemade pie?

  • On with the Shows!

    Lights, camera, action: The brand new Cottage Life channel launches this September. Here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes.


  • Waterfront

    A dockside library; You never know what you’ll find in an old cottage; Aquatic wildlife update; Reporter; Your cottage is on Lake What?!; Slow cooker breakfasts; American coot; Clever containers

  • Puttering

    Battery chainsaws; a fool-proof chainsaw sharpener; winterizing the dishwasher; sump pump alarm; leak-proof and hassle-free pipe fittings Real Tool: Pry bar vs. crowbar Job Jar: Airtight woodstove door

  • Cottage Q&A

    Cackling crows; best antifreeze; cast-iron pans; loose floor tiles; spotted leaves

  • Cottage Lore

    Half a billion years ago, tiny creatures ruled. They’re still here, if you know where to look.

  • In Like Zim

    Cottagers are suing the government for flood damage. Maybe they’re on to something…

  • Nature Scrapbook

    A tasty sensation: Wonderful wintergreen is a minty breath freshener, but who knew that it also helps heal sore muscles?

  • Weekender

    Close encounters of the cervid kind

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