October 2019 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...

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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 2019


  • Algonquin Inspired

    How a passion for Canoe Lake cottaging was the inspiration for the Tuck Shop Trading Co.

  • Sleep Space: 35 Solutions

    You love having guests, but don’t have room for them all to stay over. Wait, yes you do—with these snooze-tastic ideas for where to stash a visitor (or 12).

  • The Little Storage Shed that Could

    Kayaks, lawn chairs, tools… Where to put all your cottage stuff? Build this super storage shack: you’ll have a place for everything and a nice deck.

  • Come High Water

    A cottage community in New Brunswick has been hit with extreme flooding for decades. How one family fought back.


  • Waterfront

    Meet the Professor (real name: Hilo), one of Alberta’s mussel-sniffing dogs; zebra and quagga update; a unique tribute to Dad; cottage signs we’ll probably never see; Reporter; ugh, what is it with the Mason jars?

  • Workshop

    Know your abrasives: a guide to using sandpaper; traditional lumberjack tools to make your wood chopping easier; how to install a keypad lock; check your spirit levels; a device to help you drain your pipes; a cool floating sauna

  • Recipes

    We got your beer-based recipes right here!; buzzard’s breath stout chili; cheesy wheat beer cornbread; what kind of beer is that? A handy cheat sheet; pale ale double onion dipper; IPA mac & cheese; brown ale beer batter

  • Cottage Q&A

    The lifespan of a barbecue; wildlife–car collisions; the rules on deck railings; what to do if a rattlesnake bites your dog; is it ever okay to feed the deer?

  • Zim Weighs In

    Nudity on your cottage lake could be an issue. But it’s not just about etiquette. It’s about safety too, says Zim.

  • Style Ideas

    Sometimes big design comes in small cottages. This family created a compact, livable cabin using a shipping container: it’s only 265 sq. ft. for four people, but it has plenty of custom style.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    The wee least weasel dons a white coat before winter comes around.

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