In each issue of Cottage Life you'll find answers to your cottage questions, delicious recipes, design ideas, and stories of other interesting cottagers and some wildlife too



Maggie's Place

An inventive cottager makes a once-derelict cabin both stylish and cozy, all on a dime.

The Other Side Of The Lake
By Conor Mihell

Michipicoten Bay’s long, beautiful beaches and placid waters can almost make you forget that it’s on rugged Lake Superior. Almost.

Working on Sunshine
By David Harris

Install a solar-power system and cut your ties to the grid. We tell you what you need to know.

Good Dog
By Monda Rosenberg

There’s more to life than ketchup, mustard, and relish. It’s time to teach your hot dogs (and grilled sausages) some new topping tricks.

Special Boating Section

Going Concern
By Kate Barker

Marinas are closing, taking their boat slips with them. What will water-access cottagers do?

Around The Loop In 80 Days
By Pat Lynch

One very tiny runabout, two young women, and a challenging 9,600-km ride.

Nautical Selection
By Conor Mihell

Boat design is always evolving. Here are the newest innovations and features in our favourite rides.


The boathouse that wouldn’t be; Prep for bear season; The keepsake couch; Books for everyone; Secret sites of the Group of Seven; Solar-powered bilge pump; Here come the carp?; Reporter; Revival of Kilcoo camp classic canoes


Job Jar
By Andrew Lupton

Spark plug upkeep


Extension cords

Saturday Project
By Ryan Shervill

Fishing rod rack

Stuff We Like
By Paul Lewis

Turning a freezer into a fridge

Great Inventions

Replacing lawn chair webbing; curtain-rod tool holder

Cottage Q&A

By Jackie Davis

Rejuvenate an unused canoe; how to get rid of ants; the truth about private lakes; slimy parasite found; regulations for old privies

Cottage Coup


Tackle the chores or head down to the dock? One cottager’s imaginative solution.

Nature Scrapbook

Slip Sliding Away

The endangered eastern fox snake looks dangerous but really isn’t.


Traffic Report

Seems like everyone’s jockeying for position these days, even the bugs.

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