I've been going to my family's cottage on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park since about age four. My strongest memories of summers there include 1) keeping a leech as a pet (not successful); 2) performing a live re-enactment of the Nintendo video game "Super Mario Brothers" (also not successful); 3) assembling a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle called "Bear House"(technically still not successful, three pieces were missing). Now I love going to the lake to swim, hike, and spend time with family.
At Cottage Life, I'm the assistant editor. I edit the Waterfront section, write the Cottage Q&A column, and do a lot of fact-checking. Every day I learn a ton about cottaging, but not enough to complete a jigsaw puzzle.
Recent Articles and Blog Posts
Should we worry about bringing our cat to a cottage?
We plan to bring our cat up to the cottage. How concerned should we be if he’s wandering about? I’m worried he will be attacked by some other animal.—Cat-Astrophizing
That’s certainly a danger. And it’s one of many....
Our guide to picking the sweetest corn this season
Everything is better with a side of corn on the cob. And, come corn season (July through October), it’s plentiful at roadside stands and farmers’ markets. So, take advantage, and get the cobs while they’re in top...
The best coastal hikes in Canada
Tired of your usual cottage-country rambles? Looking for a great long-distance trail adventure? Strap on your multiday pack and tackle one of these bucket listers.
East Coast TrailThe east coast of Newfoundland, along the...
How to choose the perfect telescope for stargazing
Nothing beats smokin’ hot summer nights for skinny-dipping and dock partying. But when it comes to stargazing, early spring is an astronomer’s friend. The air is clearer, the nights longer, and the planets and constellations...
4 things you probably didn’t know about maple syrup
1. Quebec makes almost 75 percent of the world’s maple syrup, and 90 percent of Canada’s supply.
2. The average cost of Quebec syrup is about $38 per gallon: more expensive than gas, beer, or Red Bull.
3. In the summer of...
How to be a bar star at your next cottage party
It’s May Two-Four. That means it’s time to throw an epic party—or at least get together with a few lake neighbours. Why not bust out some bartending tricks of the trade for the occasion? No one’s asking you to juggle...
9 facts to help you avoid sunburn
Apply about two tablespoons of sunscreen to cover your entire body; reapply every two hours, and after sweating or swimming.
Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen and lip balm with a minimum SPF of 15.
Apply sunscreen at least 20...
Pro tips for baking the best butter tarts
If you’re Canadian or you’re a cottager—and if you’re reading this magazine, you’re probably one of those—you know a good butter tart when you taste it. Flaky pastry, delicious filling, just the right amount of...