Winter 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 Winter 2013


  • A Man, a Machine, and a Bar on Fire

    Hockey, curling, skating, hot chocolate, an ice bar, and even a real ice resurfacer—this outdoor winter party has it all going on.

  • Hello, Potato

    The poor potato is taken for granted no more. We’ve got renewed recipes for old favourites and new ways to take your taters in different directions. This spud’s for you!

  • Photo Finish

    Our readers submitted thousands of pictures this year and we’ve hand-picked the very best of the lot. Here are the winners of our 24th annual photo contest.

  • A Bundle of Laughs

    Animals doing funny things? Check. Humans doing crazy things? Check. Animals and humans doing funny, crazy things together? Of course. It’s our yearly roundup of contest pics that gave us a chuckle.


  • Waterfront

    Winter fishing is hot; ice-fishing basics; a mini-cottage; a cottage zombie hunter; Olympic athletes; Rideau corridor review; Reporter; gadgety gifts

  • Puttering

    Snow blower buying guide; blower care and upgrades; know-How: Drill clutch adjustment ring explained; firewood storage; plywood edging options; insulating a raised floor; easy plank-floor fixes

  • Cottage Q&A

    Storing a car; keeping red squirrels out; best heating options; rental income and taxes

  • Cottage Watch

    A huge land claim is on the horizon and cottage country may never be the same.

  • Solutions

    With new equipment, welding is more user friendly and affordable than you think.

  • In Like Zim

    Most of us like to relax at the cottage. This hothead can’t help but sweat the small stuff.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Just squeaking by: How the hardy deer mouse survives through winter.

  • Weekender

    Santa Claus kicks back at the cottage.

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