Spring 2016 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 Spring 2016


  • The Dream, Realized

    You want a cottage, but how will you ever afford it? Here’s what’s happening in real estate now.

  • Meet Dyan

    Loves bright colours, bold displays, and collecting—especially collecting. Come with us as we peek inside her cottage.

  • Upgrades for Opening Up

    29½ tips, projects, ideas, and products to make your cottage better this spring.

  • Treasured Chest

    A blanket box with French-Canadian heritage is a DIY project that you build for generations to come.


  • Waterfront

    Cool gadgets; Reporter; my first lake association meeting; lichens love a picnic table; researchers love pancakes; eating invasives; a fun enviro book for kids; new laws that affect you; caption contest winner

  • Workshop

    All about load-bearing walls; a log-bench invention; how to fell a lodged tree; water sensor device; repair your vinyl flooring; in-line waterline-heating cable; a simple way to inflate a tubeless tire

  • Cottage Feast

    Easy make-ahead breakfast recipes: delicious muffins and stratas; advice we regret giving: what not to do while grilling; Mexican bean tortilla soup; chorizo-feta stuffed peppers; cutting-board care

  • Cottage Q&A

    Septic systems, swans, barkless trees, sky lanterns, and green roofs.

  • In Like Zim

    Zim gives advice on giving and receiving advice, but are you sure you really want it?

  • Cottage Watch

    Useful tools or spying menaces? Drones are here—and flying around your cottage.

  • Style Ideas

    Carve out a cozy nook or an extra bed, and make your space really work.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    These tiny voles spend their brief but action-packed lives in meadows all over Canada.

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