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



One Hot Party

Celebrate Cottage Life’s 20 years with 20 ideas for a great campfire fest: s’more tips, smoke charmers, music makers, flame facts, and our anniversary cocktail. Plus…

Pick The Perfect Spot

And finesse the perfect fire.

Play By Smokie's Rule

No point in burning down the neighbourhood.

Tell A Really Scary Story
By Diane Forrest

It was a dark and stormy night…

Honour The Fire

Why are campfires so captivating ?

Take A Shot In The Dark
By Bonnie Schiedel

Make memorable fireside photos.

A Diamond In The Rough

How a dedicated cottager, fresh paint, and lots of elbow grease brought this little Lake Joseph gem back to life.

Theory of Relativity

These families stayed together by moving apart, into cottages on the same lake.

Your Waterfront's Secret Service

Build a dock seat double agent. It also hauls your canoe up out of the water.

First Principles

Great new recipes for the campfire, where cooking began.


Task Master

Outdoor ground-fault circuit breakers

Real Tools

Professional-grade wire strippers

Bright Idea

One-time exterior wood finish and preservative

Cottage Plans

A compact, timber-frame tower

Hit List

Are dollar-store tools worth the savings?

Job Jar

A substitute for pilot-hole drill bits

Great Inventions

Backwoods AC; bungee-cord plant hangers

On The Waterfront

Muskoka running mates
A boat reno surprise
Tiny cottages
Canoes from the House of Windsor
Potato gun initiation
Beach mystery
S.O.S. for Clean Marine
Cedar waxwing babies
What you didn't know about beer
A decoy for wasps
Post Cards from Lake of Bays book review
Zimmer rants on the apocalypse and family feuds

Cottage Q&A


Telephone party lines; tax breaks for forests; how to fix slippery steps; rules for road rights; sheeko or chicot?

Cottage Finds

All bases covered

By the dock or on a deck, choose from a variety of umbrellas to fit your cottage needs.

Nature Scrapbook

Peel me a grape

Fruit is the food of love for courting cedar waxwings.

Cottage Classic

By Michelle Kelly

Want some corn on the cob with your butter?

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