Summer 2010 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 2010


  • Foie Gras Not Included

    It's not a grand getaway, but this writer's sunny retreat is made just right with a no-fuss reno.

  • The Last Boy Scout

    An intrepid leader turned a ragtag group of city kids into cottagers. How the legacy survives.

  • Hark! Who Goes There?

    You may not see nature's players in action, but they leave behind plenty of signs.

  • Row Row Row

    The new shells are cheaper, more rugged, and easier to handle. So why aren't you rowing yet?

  • Dock Bites

    Dinner's not for hours, but you need a little something: Break out the afternoon snacks!

  • Secrets of the 50-Year Deck

    How to make yours the strongest, smartest, and most durable on the lake.


  • Waterfront

    An artesian well wonder; Canada's Parks Day; Beer-and-barbecue pairings; Cottage books; Swimming cat; Book-club shenanigans; Drum tellers; the long, long journey of a paddle; Reporter; An unusual snake; Healing with blueberries

  • Puttering

    Circular saw blades; circ saw guide; keep your old deck alive; no-solder fittings; to the dump; wind-pumped water; Cool beer in sauna

  • Cottage Q&A

    Swimmer's itch; siting a cottage; tornado refuge; a legal agreement; Is microFIT a fit?

  • Cottage Lore

    Why do we call them "cottages," anyway? You'll be surprised by what we found out.

  • Cottage Coup

    Sir Percival arrived and wouldn't go away.

  • Rituals

    Another #$*! Friday traffic jam. What to do?

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Spark of life: The jack pine's trial by fire is a rebirth for northern forests.

  • Weekender

    Saluting red and white: Time to wave the flag and celebrate all things Canada.

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