Summer 2015 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 2015


  • Sweet Temptation

    How one couple renovated a classic cottage, preserving the charm while adding efficiency, and kept the kids coming back summer after summer.

  • Who’s that Man?

    Samuel de Champlain came to Ontario cottage country 400 years ago, and his legacy lingers. But what do we really know about the explorer?

  • Best Summer Ever!

    Give your kids the cottage vacation that you once had. Plus fun activities and games, basic cottaging skills, and answers to nature’s big mysteries.

  • Front Lines, Home Fires

    This family cottage is cherished, but the special role it played in a time of worldwide crisis gives it extra significance.


  • Waterfront

    Regatta time!; Reporter; a cottage with an enchanted forest; watermelon facts; Northern Ontario rail news; crafts for kids; Potty Poetry Contest winner; chips on fire; spiders on drugs

  • Cottage Workshop

    Build a portable wine table; evict animals from under your cottage; kits for carburetor repair; accessibility upgrades for seniors; roof insulation invention; Euro-hinge maintenance tips

  • Cottage Feast

    No-plates, no-cutlery feast; uses for a turkey deep fryer; feed a crowd with a porterhouse; steak sauce roundup; sirloin in San Miguel marinade; taste test for lemonade; wasabi packs a punch

  • Cottage Q&A

    Wasp fear; pros and cons of metal roofs; storing wine

  • Cottage Watch

    What to do when your power line goes down.

  • Boating

    The Disappearing Propeller Boat is still on the water.

  • In Like Zim

    No one says cottage rituals have to make sense, right?

  • Cabin Pressure

    A better bunkie, perfect for guests.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Pretty jewelweed explodes on the scene in summer.

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