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Cottage Life August/September 2019

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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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s’more stuff

Get the picture? Cameras at the ready: our photo contest is on. Enter for a chance to have your photo in the magazine (like the one at right), and to win one of our amazing prizes (totalling more than $3,500)! There’s no entry limit, so send us your sunset shots and doggy candids, we want them all. Submit your photos at cottagelife.com. THE COACH APPROACH You take the cottage seriously, but not too seriously—we get that, and so does our Cottage Coach, Adam Holman. One minute he’s building a flagpole and the next he’s fixing a deck board. If you want to learn a little and laugh a lot, you can watch all of Adam’s adventures at cottagelife.com/cottagecoach. A CAN-DO ATTITUDE We asked for your help on social media to give us name suggestions…

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time and again

Way back in our June 1990 issue, longtime Cottage Life contributor Denny Manchee wrote the very thing that often rattles around in my brain: “It seems whenever I think about the cottage, I feel like an eight-year-old again and want so much for it to be the way it was when I was that age.” What cottager can’t relate to that? Even those who didn’t grow up at the lake, or haven’t watched a kid grow up at the lake, share that same sense of nostalgia. So much of the cottage exists only in our mind, because we are there so infrequently. It is a memory book of sorts, one that holds all of our favourite experiences—some from last summer, some from 30 summers ago. The first time we swam all…

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your letters

ONE’S DIRECTIONS After reading “Captain Cottager, the Emergency Edition” (May ’19), I thought I would share my method for getting guests from the Barrie area to Petawawa, Ont., where our cottage is located. On one trip to the cottage, I took the time to measure each turn with my odometer. I returned home, accessed Google Earth, and took a screenshot of every intersection where you would turn and every landmark that was important on the trip. I put together a booklet with descriptions of where you were headed, a picture of the secenery at each turn, and how many kilometres are between them. I like to think it’s turned a long, difficult journey into a fun adventure in navigation.—Stephen McIntosh, via email A FLOOD OF SUGGESTIONS While the flooding in Ontario has been…

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the best is history

This Eaton’s catalogue cottage is more than 100 years old and tells the tales to prove it If walls could talk, they’d have a few stories to tell about Barrie Renick’s cottage. How in 1906, William Fritz Thompson bought the 19-acre island in Woods Bay, Ont., from the Crown, and how in 1910, J. Westley Faust, a doctor from Kansas, put a cottage on it. How the good doctor once performed a splenectomy on the dining room table and stored the body of a worker who’d gone through the ice until spring. They would tell you that it was not just any cottage, but a five-bedroom kit called the Parry, ordered from the T. Eaton Co. catalogue as easily as you could order milk. Barrie discovered the island 74 years and…

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they have to nip this thing in the bud

For more than a decade, the clump of lily pads with dainty yellow flowers lingered where it had been planted along the shore of Seymour Lake in northwest B.C. It wasn’t until groupings began to appear around the lake’s perimeter that locals realized they had a problem. “None of us knew the seriousness of it,” says Poppy Dubar, a lake resident. Now, Poppy and her neighbours are fighting the first known infestation of yellow floating heart west of Ontario. The invasive aquatic weed can be devastating in natural waterbodies; its thick mat of leaves depletes the lake of light and oxygen. In 2015, Poppy and other locals formed the Seymour Lake Conservation Society and began looking for a solution to stop the plant from spreading by seed and by fragmentation (when…

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water weary

This spring, as historic flooding hit Central Ontario cottage country, Liz Beatty was grateful that her great-grandparents built their Lake Muskoka cottage on high ground and situated the boathouses on the lee side of the island. What’s more, she was grateful for whatever intuition prompted her to store her vintage boat on the mainland instead of in the boathouse. “Thank God I did,” she says, noting the stories and photos of high water and ice destroying boathouses and crushing boats against ceiling beams. Liz was among the thousands of cottagers (and homeowners) in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick hit with flooding; the Insurance Bureau of Canada expects weather-related claims to top $1 billion this year. Many suffered property damage, ranging from disappeared docks, sagging boathouses, and collapsed structures. “Cottagers aren’t…