Summer 2009 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 Summer 2009


  • He Says, She Says

    Industrial or homey? To build the cottage of their dreams, a husband and wife use teamwork to bring together their disparate visions.

  • Whose Island Is It Anyway?

    When the development demon comes calling, is the only good cottager the one who's already there?

  • Sweet Refuge

    For these women, an unassuming cottage on a quiet river is a place to slip between the unbearable past and an insecure future.

  • All Its Glory

    Fresh, ripe, and always surprising, the midsummer tomato is making the most of its moment in the sun.

  • What's Going On Down There?

    Does your basement or crawl space suffer from mould, poor ventilation, or water damage? Time to call Dr. Damp.

  • Escape to Barbecue Island

    Build our grillside work centre, create space for food prep and tool storage, and kiss your free time goodbye.


  • Waterfront

    My favourite tipple; Vintage Playmates for rent; Don't ask Zim!; From China to the lake; BBQ reads; Have a Galileo moment; Reporter; Download a book or pick one up; Follow that blue raven

  • Puttering

    Flashlights; Friendly fishing; Stone patio; Paving stones; Cribs repurposed; Nuts-and-bolts chess set; Wood cart; this fly swatter's a keeper

  • Cottage Q&A

    Moss, lichen on wood; highway paving; permits for a new dock; succession

  • Real Estate

    Your shoreline may be built on Crown land—and payment is due.

  • Cottage Style

    Make your guests more comfortable: Plan ahead with these 13 organizing tips.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    A royal tour: After a Mexican winter, monarchs fly north to fortify their numbers.

  • Weekender

    Off duty: Relax, you're at the cottage.

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