Summer 2012 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 2012


  • A Paddler’s Dream

    To become the best kayaker in the world, this three-time Olympian trains on the never-ending waterways of Ontario’s Algonquin Park.

  • Don’t Change a Thing

    To celebrate our 25th year, you told us what you love best about the cottage.

  • Cowboy Cottager

    Have way more fun this summer, pardner! Learn how to ride taller, shoot straighter, fling a mean horseshoe, and 27 more cottage skills.

  • Signs of Its Times

    In its 125 years, Longuissa cottage has hosted diplomats, statesmen, and Hollywood royalty.

  • Feelin’ Hot! Hot! Hot!

    In the mood for a party? Cottage Life’s founding editor serves up some Caribbean-style food that never fails to get the celebration going.


  • Waterfront

    A new way to fish; Hook, line, and sinker by kayak; Bala band; Art camp; Anniversaries; Reporter; Summer reading; Award-winning rescue product; Camouflage for cellphone towers

  • Puttering

    Smart storage bins; mitre saws; save a wet phone; building inspector; two deck helpers; clever tricks for storing boats, tools, and hardware

  • Cottage Q&A

    Missing loons; selling a steep lot; water softeners; light pollution; attach a swim ladder to rock

  • Cottage Lore

    The next 25 years: Cottage country, and your cottage, in the future.

  • Solutions

    First aid for cottage dogs (and cats)

  • Cottage Watch

    Do wind farms make people sick?

  • In Like Zim

    We’ve come a long way: I remember when…

  • Nature Scrapbook

    The action heats up in summer for the curious, solitary marten.

  • Weekender

    Happy 25th Anniversary, everyone!

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