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



A Cottage Built with Local Flavour

This Georgian Bay couple didn’t have to go far to find all the help they needed.

Ice Capades
By Pat Lynch

For these islanders, getting to the cottage is a bone-thumping, propeller-powered adventure on ice.

Mixed Blessings

Homemade mixes add time-saving versatility to your cottage meals, or make unique gifts for your friends. Decisions, decisions...

Can This Cottage be Winterized?
By Charles Long

Strategic thinking and expert advice for three cottagers with familiar cold-weather conundrums. Click here to read this article online.

18th Annual Photo Contest

Picture Perfect: From 2,655 entries, we present the 12 winners of the 2007 Cottage Life Photo Contest.


Task Master

Make your toboggan slope-ready

Real Tools
By Paul Lewis

Japanese-style pull-saw

Bright Idea

Fire-retardant spray gel; mini blow torch

Hit List
By Craig Saunders

DIY books for the putterer’s library

Job Jar
By Ryan Shervill

Keeping track of your plumbing in winter

Great Inventions
By Pat Lynch

Wood-fired water heater; pop-off deck railings

On the Waterfront

A speed-skating pioneer; keeping hot water bottles cozy; Manitoulin pedal power; how art helped save an island; please don’t feed the deer; toboggans on your noggin; Zimmer rants on trashy behaviour; book review of Looking for Loons

Cottage Q&A


Tin ceilings and condensation; traplines and pets; re-webbing lawn chairs; creosote-tie retaining wall; a cottage tree for Christmas?

Nature Scrapbook

Little stinker

The musky mink is fair of fur and foul of temper.

Cottage Classic


The directionally challenged driftwood marker.

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