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
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...
A brief history of board games
After nearly eight decades, Hasbro announced this year that it will replace the Monopoly iron with a cat. Diehard traditionalists were dismayed, cat lovers were delighted, and people who regularly wear wrinkled clothes probably...
Stuff we like: Green’s Your Colour bottles
Drink up! It’s easier than ever to take your hot or cold beverage of choice on the road, thanks to these insulated, BPA-free, stainless steel bottles by Green’s Your Colour. They’re available in 350 ml, 500 ml, and 750 ml...
Stuff we like: The Toss N’ Save
Here’s a savvy saving device: The Toss N’ Save—a 16-metre buoyant heaving line wrapped around a disc that floats—makes water-rescue attempts as simple as throwing a Frisbee.
“Even kids can get it out 25 feet without...
A cottage getaway for dogs
Don’t get overexcited, but you’re going to the cottage this weekend. You’ll get to hang out with your friends, sleep wherever you want (even on the bed), and enjoy the best of cottage cuisine—raw steak, or ground beef...
All about Boater Assist
It’s back! Boating Ontario’s Boater Assist—launched as a pilot program in July 2011—is again available in 2013. Run out of gas? Having engine or battery failure? Need a tow? If you’re a Boater Assist member, simply dial...
5 keys to a calm lake—and neighbours
All cottagers love the lake, but let’s face it: Come boating season, not everyone embraces high-speed watersports—or the big, fast boats that go with them. This summer, Buckeye Marine is offering expanded, on-the-water courses...