Cottages

15 life hacks for all your winter woes

It’s been a pretty tame winter so far, but you know that snow, ice, and slush are just lurking around the corner. Prep for the onslaught with these …

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Why do Scandinavians enjoy winter more than we do?

It’s time we faced an unfortunate truth: Canada might be the great white north, but our cold-weather cousins across the pond in Scandinavia do a much …

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Christmas gifts every Canadian will love

Christmas is reportedly more than 40 per cent of Canadians’ favourite holiday, more than twice as popular as Canada Day, the distant runner-up. …

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Here’s how to prep your skates, skis, and snowshoes for winter fun

Snow season is on its way, which means it’s time to bust out all the gear that’s been hibernating in your basement or attic all summer long. But …

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Couple transforms old school bus into a dream home for two

Parked next to a lake in Stone Mountain, Georgia, this 250-square-foot bus is not what it seems. Completely gutted and refurbished, the 1990 Blue …

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Canada’s boreal caribou are under threat, and provinces lag behind in promises to help

A recent report from Environment Canada has revealed that all of the provinces have failed in their commitments to protect boreal caribou.<p>Five years …

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Subscribe & Get Country Cottage Living Ideas: Recipes, furniture & Plans

<b>New gift subscriptions will start with the Winter issue, mailed in late December.</b><p>*Total including taxes: Canada: $24.75; U.S.: $39.75; International: …

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Watch as Alberta dog found in Manitoba reunites with family

A month ago in Brooks, Alberta, Jim Third’s dog ran away from home. After five weeks of posting on missing pet platforms and scouring the …

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Man converts cargo van into ultimate camper in just 17 days

Like many of us, Nate Murphy had a dream of getting off the grid and devoting himself to a life of exploring, hiking, and adventure. But unlike most, …

Campers

Tips for building a tiny house in cold climates

Unfortunately, when it comes to building a tiny home, “small” doesn’t always equate to “cozy.” Cold northern climates present a unique challenge for …

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Give new life to an old toboggan with this shelf project

<i>This article will appear in the Winter</i> <i>2017 issue of</i> Cottage Life <i>magazine</i><i>.</i><p>It might be a rule that every Canadian has a wooden toboggan relegated to …

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Ministry asks public’s help finding a deer with an arrow in its side near Windsor

Conservationists have taken to Facebook to ask the public’s help in finding a deer with an arrow in its side. The deer was seen in the Ojibway Nature …

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Newfoundland and P.E.I. are the least-stressed provinces

If you’re feeling stressed—and research shows there’s a good chance you are—it might be time to head east.<p>According to the latest Canadian Community …

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You need these weekend cottage playlists in your life

When Gord Downie passed away in October, the country collectively mourned. Given that so many of the Tragically Hip’s lyrics are rooted in cottage …

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Explore a B.C. architect’s stunning, off-the-grid retreat

After living in a small Vancouver apartment for years, architect Jesse Garlick and his wife decided it was finally time to get back in touch with …

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Photographer captures hearts with incredible images of her tiny pet owl

Last winter we shared a gallery depicting the unlikely and heartwarming friendship between a shepherd dog and a tiny owl. Now Poldi the owl is back, …

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Questions to ask yourself before winterizing your cottage

There’s nothing better than spending a snowy weekend tucked away at the cottage, cozy in front of the fireplace. If you’re the owner of a …

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North Bay man captures incredible images of light pillars dancing in the sky

When a northern Ontario man recently woke to his two-year-old crying, he wasn’t expecting to witness a new natural phenomenon.<p>Last week, Timothy …

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8 cold-weather survival skills everyone should know

Every year, extreme winter weather claims the lives of North Americans. Last year, two Canadian hikers were rescued by forest rangers after getting …

Cabins

Electronics in the cold

<i>What kind of temperature limitations are placed on electronics? Can I safely leave my equipment in my non-winterized cottage over the winter?<br>—Daniel</i> …

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Design tips for organizing cramped cottage closets

One of the best things about going to the cottage is that everything is smaller and cuter. But also, one of the drawbacks of going to the cottage is …

Hacking

British Columbia otter pups need help to make it through the winter

A pair of river otter pups that were found on the side of the road this past summer are in need of some help.<p>The animals seem to have had a hard go …

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Tim Hortons under fire for poppy donuts

A Tim Hortons in Calgary has pulled a donut decorated like a poppy after an outcry on social media.<p>The uproar began when a Calgary Twitter account …

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Nova Scotia woman spots elusive bobcat in her backyard

Bobcats are well-known for being elusive, solitary animals. Their habitat ranges from dense wilderness to swamps and even deserts.<p>With urban sprawl, …

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“Pick up your garbage” Alberta man urges after finding fish deformed by plastic ring

Think littering doesn’t have much effect? Think again. An Alberta fisherman took to Facebook to post about a fish he’d found that had been deformed …

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The best off-road scooters for outdoor adventures

You can never have too many toys at the cottage. So why not add an off-road scooter to your collection? Powered by gas, electricity and person, …

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Saskatchewan man finds house in his field

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever found on your property? Odds are a Saskatchewanian Patrick Maze has you beat after finding an entire abandoned …

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Atlantic Wildlife Institute nurses a lynx and baby bobcat back to health

New Brunswick’s Atlantic Wildlife Institute has spent the last year helping several of the region’s wildcats recover from starvation and …

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Meet Hammy: the deer with a hammock on his head

Prince Rupert has a new star in town, and he looks great in purple.<p>Back in August, a young buck became entangled in a backyard hammock. Officials …

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Poppy protocol: the do’s and don’ts of wearing your poppy

For many Canadians, Remembrance Day has many different layers of significance and meaning. Beyond taking a respectful two minutes of silence, there …

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