Winter 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 Winter 2012


  • The Man from Snowy Hills

    Deep in the forest of northern Ontario, a rugged firefighter built a retreat almost single-handedly. Now, the challenge is getting there through some of the harshest winter storms you can imagine.

  • On Wings of Ecstasy

    Pinehurst Cottage, a gingerbread marvel in the Thousand Islands, is alive with memories of its original owners, an intrepid explorer of glaciers and a pioneering Victorian poet.

  • Hidden Treasures

    Dates, figs, raisins…The edible jewels of the cottage cupboard bring robust, luscious flavour to sweet and savoury dishes.

  • Snap to It

    You sent in thousands of entries to our photo contest. Here are the 13 superlative shots that won our 23rd annual competition.

  • Laughing Matters

    Have a chuckle at these crazy contest pics: a cat, an owl, a bear, some geese and hummingbirds, a dog or three, and one very casual Agent 007.


  • Waterfront

    A winter sport for dogs; Skijoring how-to and gear; Revamp your hot chocolate; Living with wolves; Rental regulation update; Canadian trivia game; The year in cottage news; Reporter; Crafty cottager books; Top lake names

  • Puttering

    Snowshoe repair and upkeep; woodworker marking tricks; cellphone signal boosters; receptacle tester; double bunks; floating chair

  • Cottage Q&A

    Buying a used snowmobile; winter drywall cracking; white vs. red pine; protection from tetanus; liability for an icy private road

  • In Like Zim

    Pundit-mocking season is back again. After all, trendspotters are so last year.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Here’s the fire: Chilly weather is no hardship for this bracket fungus, the tough tinder conk.

  • Weekender: Anniversary Essay

    No revolutions, no politics, no wars—when the news anchor pulls up to the shore.

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