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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 2018


  • Real Estate 2018

    Our annual trend report reveals who’s buying now. You may be surprised by your new neighbours.

  • Two Weeks at Sea

    We don’t own the cottage, but in our hearts, it’s ours. A rental love story.

  • Prep for the Season

    Four lists of essential dos and don’ts to get your place ready.

  • Talk Dirty to Me

    Argh! Poop, filth, and more poop! Our pros show you how to clean just about anything.

  • One Heck of a Deck

    Genius carpenter Marshall Black shares his secrets to a stunning, sturdy deck that’s built to last.


  • Waterfront

    Hand-blown glass at Artech Studios in Tory Hill, Ont.; Reporter; film set prop buoy; lake group saves wetland; secret playhouse; portable gear; invasive species primer; when the fridge conks out

  • Workshop

    Junk drawer basics: what you need and what you can chuck; expert tips for organizing your workshop; a fix for an old hammerhead; hooks for every hanging; cordless jig saw; stacking boxes project

  • Feast

    Surefire meal ideas for when the power is out; grilled halloumi; fish and chips; chicken kebabs with lemon coriander marinade; bulgur salad with artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes; breakfast pizza

  • Cottage Q&A

    Outhouse moon; electric shock drowning; cottage roads; leaves in the lake; moth ID.

  • Zim Weighs In

    Should we ban the float plane? Zim’s provocative take.

  • Style Ideas

    Tiny, portable off-grid cabins with style and comfort to spare.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Eastern cottontail rabbits are busy dating and mating in spring.

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