Winter 2021 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 2021


  • Skate Your Heart Out

    Our frozen lakes have a special kind of magic. Some of Canada’s most beloved athletes share their wild ice memories, and we reveal how to get the best rink on the lake.

  • Get Water in Winter

    Having a reliable water source is key for cottaging all winter. Here’s how to get the hydration you need—the old ways, and the new.

  • The Right Angles

    Beautiful landscapes, fascinating wildlife, and priceless memories caught on camera—these are the winners of our 2021 photo contest.

  • Something Spätzle for a Cold Day

    Move over mac and cheese, there’s a new comfort food in town. Try this spätzle recipe by superstar chefs Lynn Crawford and Lora Kirk. Plus, our expert picks eight winter beers.

  • Different Strokes for Different Folks

    DIY alert! Skip the mall, and make this beautiful ottertail paddle for one lucky cottager on your list.


  • Waterfront

    Coffee cake on the barbecue; cottager gift guide; board game decider; long cottage commutes; reader donates defibrillator; Reporter; the coldest natural object in the universe; birds rocked puffers before it was cool; winter feeder tips; the big reason this family opted for an inland cottage

  • Workshop

    Gift ideas for a putterer; a seat for cold trips to the outhouse; prevent tear-out; damaged drywall quick-fix; four ways to remedy scratched furniture; bubble wrap will keep you warm?; DIY curling stones

  • Cottage Q&A

    A foxy flip-flop mystery; save a shedding cedar tree; tankless water heaters vs. the north; protect your vent stack; keep trespassers off private property

  • Zim Weighs In

    Christmas at the cottage like in the old days sounds great in theory, but in practice? Maybe not so much...

  • Style Ideas

    Combining chairs you already have (no matter the decade) with a few new pieces can give your cottage a whole new look.

  • Nature Scrapbook

    The star-nosed mole is a largely subterranean, semi-aquatic, and curious-looking mammal.

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