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6 outdoor skills you need to know

Thanks to the proliferation of smart phones, troubleshooting any problem involves only a quick Google search, a YouTube tutorial, or downloading a special app. But what about when your phone dies while you’re out camping for the...

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Low-maintenance tips to spruce up your cottage garden

Cottage gardens can be tricky to build and maintain. You can’t tend to them while you’re back home during the week, and you don’t want to spend your relaxing weekends fussing over every little detail. What you really need is...

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Simple upgrades to increase your energy efficiency at the cottage

Time spent at the cottage is all about unplugging, unwinding, and getting back to nature. But despite the green surroundings we enjoy at the cottage, a lot of cottage activities—from zipping around on gas-guzzling lake toys to...

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Lake Simcoe’s “Friday Harbour” creates cottage resort for city dwellers

Just 45 minutes from the GTA on Lake Simcoe, Friday Harbour has positioned itself to become the hottest all-season resort residence in Canada. Less than one hour’s drive up the 400—or a 90-minute GO train ride—Friday...

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Top window dressings for sun lovers

Everyone loves spending time in a light-filled room. Without natural light, our spirits sink, our eyes ache, and our plants die. We enjoy the way sunshine lights up our lives indoors, but we need privacy as well as protection from...

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B.C. man dragged from campsite, attacked and killed by bear

Last weekend a 27-year-old man was dragged from his campsite and killed by a black bear after falling asleep near the site's fire pit. Mackenzie, B.C.-resident Daniel Ward Folland O'Connor was attacked at the small forest...

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Create a DIY Rio tropical planter in four simple steps

Looking to create an easy, show-stopping, long-lasting planter to display at the cottage? It’s easier than you think to put together a stunning piece that your lake neighbours will ogle. Choose a colourful tropical theme,...

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10 essential pieces of outdoor gear for Canadians

Miwok 18 backpack First off, you’re going to need a pack. For day trips, we like the Miwok 18 by Gregory. It’s compact and minimal, but is still spacious enough for water, food, and gear. The shoulder and hip straps are...

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7 activities to enjoy outdoors—even if the bugs are out

Swimming, boating, drinking beer dockside—these are the activities that make cottaging in the summertime the best part of the year. But we’re not the only ones who love the water. Pests like mosquitoes and flies hover around...

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