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Cottage Life June/July 2019

The go-to source for cottagers, the award-winning Cottage Life offers valuable advice as well as profiles, how-to articles, recipes, essays, issues pieces, and lifestyle stories that help readers look after their cottages, entertain guests and, of course, kick back and have fun.

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1 min.
what's happening at cottage life

Introducing the Cottage Coach Who better to host our new web series, Cottage Coach (launching soon), than our DIY video guy, Adam Holman? “From fixing a broken pipe to replacing a rotten deck board, I’ve always been the one to call,” says Adam. He can recommend a drywall anchor or build a bench in a quick minute, but here’s what else you need to know about Adam: cannonballs over dives; burgers over hot dogs; sunrise when he’s fishing, but with his wife, sunset. Discover all of Adam’s advice on our YouTube channel, and, in the meantime, avoid his number one weekend fail: not having enough beer. GET YOUR FIX HERE So you want more how-to info, fix-it tips, and ways to become the master of just getting stuff done? Then you need our…

3 min.
a girl named sue

As I write this, I’ve just returned from Edmonton, Alta., where I encountered the toughest woman I have ever met. Sue Aikens is a 55-year-old Alaskan who lives 800 km north of the closest city. There, she runs what she calls “a twisted bed and breakfast,” a hunt camp and fuelling station that serves only the hardiest souls. They come and go—by air—over the three months of the year of relative warmth and light, some to study the environment, some to shoot big game. But for most of the time, Sue’s on her own, living on the frigid, dark tundra. I interviewed Sue onstage at the Edmonton Cottage Life & Cabin Show about her unique life and her work on the TV series Life Below Zero (on the Cottage Life channel, Tuesdays,…

4 min.
your letters

Dear Cottage Life The wooden cover of the book at our cottage says “Guests,” but for as long as I can remember, it has been called “The Cottage Book.” The July 27, 1959, entry reads, “Mother locked me in the john for two hours! Mrs. Tyler released me. Regards, Dad.” It is my hope that this book will continue to bring joy for years to come. —NANCY HALL, VIA EMAIL FEAST YOUR EYES ON THIS I cook a lot, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a “larger than life” sausage coil (“Not Just Another Saturday Night,” May ’19). We had live lobsters once for my son’s birthday, which involved a day trip from our boat-access cottage. At least these two recipes are easy to cook. But the mushroom salad—19 ingredients? I can’t even…

2 min.
step back in time

It was the summer of 1950 when cottager Susan Dutton’s grandmother started the Juniper Island square dances on Lower Stony Lake. Back then, “everyone knew what square dancing was. And it was something fun,” says Susan. And today? The community still looks forward to the dances every summer. “I don’t think I’ve ever missed a year,” says Jill Trennum, who has attended the dances since age six and helped run them with her husband, Bob, for a decade. The family dances—every Wednesday night in July and August—have the best turnout. On these nights, you’ll find the island pavilion full of families and friends of all ages, as most children, barefoot and still in their bathing suits, try their best to keep up with the steps and the caller’s instructions. Live music elevates…

1 min.
you canoe it

In January, Canadian brothers and adventurers Tom Schellenberg and Kyle Roberts strapped on two canoes and trekked for 19 days and up 11,000 vertical metres to base camp on Mount Everest. Naturally, we had questions. First of all, why? To raise money to build a short-term emergency mental health centre for women in Kathmandu, because Nepal has been massively affected by natural disaster. And why the canoes? Well, refrigerators would just look stupid. But seriously? Trekking to base camp two years ago, we thought, This would be the ultimate portage. Imagine if we had canoes up here. We used to do all the longest portages in Algonquin Park. What’s your park connection? As kids, we spent every summer there learning to paddle and portage in the wilderness. We both have a tattoo of Algonquin…

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taxed to the max

They’re mad as heck, and they’re not going to take it anymore. Cabin owners in Belcarra, a pretty village on the shore of Indian Arm at the outskirts of Vancouver, are launching a class action suit to challenge B.C.’s new Speculation and Vacancy Tax. The problem is that the tax, which was designed to penalize foreign buyers who purchase properties in B.C. and then leave them vacant, has also snared decades-old B.C. cabins. Nancy Strain’s tiny, rustic A-frame, which her father built in 1963, is an example. For the 2018 tax year, the 71-year-old widow and her family must pay an additional $5,000, on top of about $5,000 in property taxes, unless she declares that she lived there full time or has rented out the property for six months of the…