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A death of cold

Is winter at the cottage still only for the adventurous and for people who enjoy getting frostbite?

In Like Zim

Here’s a question for you: is winter cottaging really even a thing anymore? I know many people visit their lake places in the dark months, but does it really warrant any kind of special definition as a form of cottage-going? Back in the ancient times of my childhood, winter cottaging actually meant something. It was a specialty branch of regular cottaging that only the boldest masochists would dare attempt.

I guess I remember it as being fun, but the first time I went to our family place one cold winter was probably not a high point in outdoor merriment. With a north-facing frontage, the cottage was pretty much sunless and also open to icy gusts howling off Georgian Bay. The place was uninsulated, save for the layers of old newsprint under the wallpaper, so it was colder inside than out, which we discovered after digging a tunnel through drifted snow to get in the back door. We heated the place with a woodburning cookstove and a big Norge space heater that ran on smelly stove oil. After two days of full thermal output from both appliances, you could take your coat off indoors. All in all, pretty comfy by winter camping standards.

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