Winter 2019 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 2019


  • Hang On to Your Toque

    Take a trip inside a glacier with adventure-loving B.C. cottagers.

  • Oh, Snap! 2019 Photo Contest Winners

    Simply the best cottage shots of the year: loons, kids, and chicks; a dreamy night sky, a stupendous sunset; and, of course, dogs.

  • Good Things in Small Packages

    Whether you call them ravioli or dumplings, they’re delicious. Fillings include pork, bok choy, mushrooms, walnuts, baked crab, and more, plus sauces.

  • 101 Ways to Love Winter at the Cottage

    Maybe the coolest bucket list you’ll ever read—fun and games, food and drinks, wildlife and wild activities. Ready, set, snow!


  • Waterfront

    On the line: meet your Hydro One workers; Winter words we’d like to see; Reporter; a very cottagey board game; holiday gift guide; electric float planes are now a thing; wet and wild icicles; how super are superheroes?

  • Workshop

    Pellet stoves vs. woodstoves; old- school and high-tech ways to find drafts; build this easy snowmobile helmet rack; know your nail guns: types and uses; synthetic cable vs. steel; tips for winterizing and storing your batteries

  • Cottage Q&A

    How appliances fare in the cold; cottage heating options; what fireworks do to lake water; ways to save on hydro; do the northern lights make a sound?

  • Zim Weighs In

    Good for you for winterizing your cabin. Now here are a few things that you may not have thought about.

  • The Fine Print

    A de-icing device may help protect your dock or boathouse from the ravages of heaving lake ice and spring flooding. But there’s more you have to do after you install a bubbler.

  • Style Ideas

    Classic A-frame cabin, check. Budget decor update, check. Adorable corgi companion, check. Plus: why the iconic triangular shape is ideal for winter.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    The downy woodpecker drums up the love tunes in winter.

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