Winter 2014 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 2014


  • His Favourite Space

    There’s nowhere else that Chris Hadfield would rather be than down-to-earth on Stag Island.

  • Plan Bee

    Abandoned for two decades, this log cabin made a DIY comeback. The sweet and magical story of what happens when someone says “Honey, could we?”

  • The Big Pictures

    You will believe a dog can fly. Here are the winners of our 25th annual nationwide photo contest.

  • Laugh Lines

    Crazy poses, goofy antics, and something furry in the fridge. These photo contest shots had us chuckling.


  • Waterfront

    Into rock climbing? Try it frozen; ice climbing gear and tips; Reporter; a trashy tale; the crawling dead of cottage country; make some musical instruments; lake toques; gift books; boat engine update

  • Cottage Feast

    The secret to great nachos; two dips for your chips: refried beans with bacon and smoky queso; champagne cocktails; gifts for the cottage cook; Cornell chicken is Ivy League delicious

  • Cottage Workshop

    Know-How: Don’t be afraid of hand planes; Saturday Project: Master these three baseboard joints; Great Invention: Toilet-sink combo invention; Stuff We Like: Easy-to-install sliding drawer inserts; Real Tool: How to sharpen a spade bit; Solutions: Metal studs vs. wood 2x4s

  • Cottage Q&A

    Injured wildlife; solar lights; septic pump; cut-up heating cable; too many toilets?

  • In Like Zim

    No one wants picked-over corn or tomatoes. Zim’s got the solution all wrapped up.

  • Cottage Watch

    How a land trust risked what it was meant to protect.

  • Cabin Pressure

    A dock, a deck, and a makeover.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Colourful evening grosbeaks shine in the winter.

  • Weekender

    Dogs also love the cottage in the snowy season.

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