Penny Caldwell has worked in the magazine industry as a writer and editor for more than 30 years. In 2000, she was named Editor-in-Chief of Cottage Life, which has won numerous awards under her guidance.
A passionate boater, Penny likes to kick back and enjoy cottage life at the family cottage she and her husband share with their two children and a golden retriever on an island in Georgian Bay.
Recent Articles and Blog Posts
The happiness factor
Imagine that aliens studying life on Earth found a USB key with thousands of photographs submitted to the Cottage Life Photo Contest. They could assume that the people who lived in cottages, cabins, and camps along the lakes and...
Cottage Association to meet at the Fall Cottage Life Show
The Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Association's (FOCA) Fall Seminar will be held on Friday, October 26, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., right on site at this year's 2012 Fall Cottage Life Show. The seminar is open to everyone who...
Call me inspired
As I write this, Canada is high with Olympic fever. When you read this, our nation will be basking in the afterglow. I love the pageantry, the drama, and the magnificence of the athletes and loyalty of their families. Olympian,...
Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden visits Cottage Life
Last summer, Cottage Life’s executive editor, Michelle Kelly, was on maternity leave. But apparently she never stops thinking about her day job, because one morning she sent me a link to a stunning video by the Toronto Star’s...
CTV launches cottage traffic app
Could there be better news for cottagers on a Friday than the launch a free app that tells you what the traffic is like up ahead?
Check out the new CTV Cottage Traffic app in the itunes store. And have a safe and traffic-free...
Embracing change at the cottage, or not
Last weekend we took an old couch out of our basement. It was so big, we had to break it up to get it out the door. Inside the couch, we found sawdust and straw, a strong (and heavy) hardwood frame, and…was that horsehair? The...
Roy MacGregor enters Hockey Hall of Fame
One of the first times I called Roy MacGregor he was on his cellphone. He answered, and then like many of us do when we talk mobile to mobile, he told me where he was.
“Hi Penny. I’m in the Leafs’ dressing room.”
Cottage Life wins two National Magazine Awards
What a nice way to end the week—with two National Magazine Awards presented last night at the Carlu in Toronto. Congratulations to Daniel Ehrenworth, who won the Gold award for Portrait Photography for “Project Privacy.” Dan...
Cottage Life up for nine awards this week
People have flown into Toronto from across the country and the U.S for MagNet, Canada’s Magazine Conference, the highlight of the year for many Canadian magazine professionals. I had lunch today with colleagues from Nova...
Skin infection makes a sad doggy
It’s been awhile since my last Tuesday update about Mitch, the wonder golden retriever puppy. This photo is of him basking in the warm sun on the cottage deck about a month ago.
Mitch really is a wonder: now nine months old, he...