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A box of love

Two years ago, we lost my dad—suddenly, and forever. We were shattered. Dad was the centre of our family, and the heart and soul of our cottage on Sharbot Lake, Ont. His voice echoes through the shed— filled with rusty tools from the 1930s, not to mention about a million miles of fishing line, lifejackets to fit all ages of grandkids, cobbled-together croquet sets, and at least one 1950s lawn mower. His engineer’s know-how lingers on every bolt secured to straighten that flagpole (at last!), every tweak to the dock (which goes in a little different each year), and on that special spot you have to avoid on the back deck, especially if you’re carrying a tray of mimosas.

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Between crimson leaves, cool starry nights, and warming up by the woodstove, everyone loves fall at the lake. If you find yourself short of sleeping space for your guests, we’ve got 35 snooze-tastic ideas for where to stash a visitor (or 12). And as you start to put away all those kayaks, lawn chairs, tools, etc., consider building our super storage shack to give you a place for everything (and a nice deck!). Take a peek into a compact, livable cabin for a family of four using a shipping container: it’s only 265 sq. ft., but it has plenty of custom style and small space solutions. Meet a Canoe Lake cottager who transformed her passion for Algonquin Park into her life’s work. Worried about flooding? Learn from the experiences of a lakeside community in New Brunswick that has been hit with extreme flooding for decades, and see how one family has modified their cottage to fight back. Find answers to reader questions about rusty barbecues, wildlife–car collisions, deck railing rules, what to do if a rattlesnake bites your dog, and whether it’s ever okay to feed the deer. For the putterers, we’ve got a sandpaper guide, why you should install a keypad lock, how to check your spirit level, a device to help you drain your pipes for winter (successfully!), and a cool floating sauna. Plus, make these five easy recipes using up the leftover beer in your shed fridge—no barley sandwiches included, and a handy cheat sheet to beer types. Get the October 2019 issue of Cottage Life today!