Summer 2013 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 2013


  • The New Normal?

    Something’s up with water levels. Here’s the lowdown.

  • Make a Splash

    How to save the lake without wrecking the weekend.

  • Go Jump in the Lake!

    25 water-lovin’ expressions of joy.

  • Arrrr!

    Avast, me hearties! These island cottagers know how to put on a swashbuckling good show.

  • Under the Wings of the Thunderbird

    Breathtaking and truly awesome, a violent lightning storm is one of nature’s best displays. What to be aware of and how to stay safe.

  • The Scoop

    An ice cream exclusive! Tips, tricks, and delicious secrets to make summer’s classic treat way cooler.

  • S, M, L

    Whether they’re pre-schoolers, ’tweens, or fully grown, your kids deserve a Muskoka chair that fits.


  • Waterfront

    Butter tart bakeover; Miss Canada IV restoration; sun safety by the numbers; beer cocktails; best cottage guests ever; cool stuff for the hot season; blue-green algae trouble; Reporter

  • Puttering

    Drywall how-to; workshop helpers; water to go; smart drywall seams; blade sharpening; pressure-treated wood that looks like cedar; new uses for nail polish

  • Cottage Q&A

    Saw sizes and pruning tools; filtering out tannins; smart succession tip; winterizing for resale; placing navigation markers

  • In Like Zim

    Our cottage needed a depressing amount of work. I needed a four-stage coping strategy.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    A big bug’s life: That sqeaky, creaky sound coming from the trees? It’s the hungry but harmless sawyer beetle.

  • Weekender

    A dog day at the beach.

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