Winter 2016 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 2016


  • Haida Gwaii Scavengers & the Neoprene Handshake

    Surfing: not the first sport that comes to mind in winter. But these cottagers live for a good swell.

  • Unbridled Joy

    Are you ready to ride? Here’s your guide to the best in snowmobiles for the season ahead.

  • Shoot to Thrill

    The best shots from our photo contest, with spectacular skies, serene scenes, and a unique flag-raising.

  • The Funnies

    Photo entries that made us chuckle.


  • Waterfront

    What you need to know to stay warm and healthy this winter; Reporter; frost flowers; a snowshoeing tradition; movies about games; microbeads; cottage quilter; great gifts for $50 and under

  • Workshop

    Stocking stuffers for your putterer; cut the cord with these workhorses; matchbox holder project; woodstove tool rack invention; rafters from scratch; how to remove water rings; chimney creosote fix

  • Cottage Feast

    mmmMushrooms!; warm mushroom salad; drinks with butter; sipping rums; cold weather BBQ cheats: ribs, steaks, cheeseburgers; Mexican polenta lasagna; books for cooks by cooks: Bourdain, Garten & more

  • Cottage Q&A

    Septic odour; ice for skating; clams; partition act; septic insulation.

  • Cottage Watch

    Eastern wolves are in trouble. How can we protect them?

  • In Like Zim

    Remember when going to the cabin in winter was a slog? Zim does.

  • Style Ideas

    Hop into our hot tub find machine, and soak up the warmth. Ahh…

  • Nature Scrapbook

    Woodland caribou love the cold, but herds are hurting.

  • Weekender

    Life’s better @thecottage.

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