Winter 2004 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 Winter 2004


  • Counter Intelligence

    Upgrading your kitchen work surface is easier than you think.

  • Cooking For Two

    In which we meet a pair of chefs, a Minaki cottage, and the occasional hungry bear.

  • Cool Runnings

    Time to ditch your old snowmobile for a better ride? Here’s the rundown on the new crop of cold-weather runabouts.

  • Bowling Turkeys, A Toilet Toss…

    …and 12 other ways to chill outside at the cottage this winter.

  • Rooms With a View

    From Big Apple to big water, a Manhattan couple celebrates the wide-open spaces of Georgian Bay.

  • 15th Annual Photo Contest

    Cottage-Country Shootout: Out of 2,682 entries in our photo contest, these winning images hit the mark.

  • Party Pals

    Pair up these festive cocktails and munchies for holiday entertaining.


  • On the Waterfront

    Snowmobiler goes electric; extreme gift guide; cottage-rental know-how; vintage-radio showdown; a sub's first summer; Inukshuk on ice; fundraising lake runners; blanketed in memories

  • Puttering

    Thread your own bolt holes; pop-rivet gun; tips for unclogging the toilet; make a headboard from old shutters; best bolts for the job

  • Cottage Q&A

    Tree woodpecked to death; road maintenance and right of way; lake-name policy; frozen septic tanks; propane-line inspection.

  • Cottage Finds

    Finishing touches: Knobs and pulls are a handy way to update your cottage cupboards.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Attila the goshawk: A legendary hunter stalks the woods.

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