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



Shades of Change

By Catherine Doherty and Leslie Young
Simple updates inspired by traditional cottage colours.

On The Edge Of The World

Nature’s elements were the challenge behind the Thom family cottage.

Beauty, Blowouts, and Holding On In Hazard Land

Cottaging on Long Point is about the beach, the marsh, and survival.

Special Deliveries

By Liann Bobechko and Catherine Collins
A springtime peek at the little-seen beauty of birds’ eggs.

Are You Ready For The Next Big Storm

Tales from last year’s twisters and an action plan for living through the new norm of summer.

By Jane Rodmell

A hearty sandwich is just about the easiest cottage meal around.

Welcome To Hooterville

Make room for owls at your cottage with just one board, a few tools, and some imagination. Project plans by Wayne Lennox.


Task Master

Keeping water out of your outboard fuel line

Real Tools:

Essential boat tool kit

Job Jar

Lubricating padlocks

Cottage Plans

On a point, great views

Hit List

Sorting and identifying screws

Bright Idea

A storm-resistant nail

Great Inventions

Hockey-stick dock; drill+forks=egg beater

On the Waterfront

Animal forensics lab
homemade outdoor shower
a zesty meal for a bear
blastomycosis; storm-alert radio
Zimmer on entropy

Cottage Coup

Driving a Hard Bargain:

Keeping the shortcut to the cottage a secret.

Cottage Q&A

By Steve Brearton

Peeing in the lake; lake-water circulation systems; water-system jet pump; lot size and principal residence; finding a banded bird.

Cottage Find

By Leslie Young : Directionally challenged? Weathervanes read the wind and signal your style.

Nature Scrapbook

I’m baaaack

The cormorant is thriving, like it or not.

Cottage Classic

On the hook

The story of one old fishing hat.

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