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Winter is a happy time for boat shopping. Expos like the Toronto and Vancouver International Boat Shows offer hundreds of models, all in one place. At this time of year, manufacturers provide discounts and other incentives to dealers to encourage them to attend the shows, explains Steve Tait, the general sales manager of Gordon Bay Marine in MacTier, Ont. Dealers pass those along to their customers. Ready to go? It’s worth asking yourself a few questions first.—Penny Caldwell



“Think about how you want to enjoy your boat,” says Tracey Hart, the marketing director of Discover Boating Canada. For example, an outboard engine will get you into shallower water, ideal if you plan to regularly pull up on a beach. If you need a rugged “pickup truck” for hauling building supplies, consider aluminum over fibreglass, advises Don Prittie, the president of Boating BC and the general manager of Canoe Cove Marina in North Saanich, B.C.

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Cottage Life’s Winter issue is all about how Canadians do the cold season. Meet a family that embraces the best of winter fun, with polar bear dips, hot tubs, and all-day shinny. Try our weekend meal plans designed for when the water’s off. Get intel from our workshop to help you thrive in the cold: an outhouse seat hack, tips to keep your pipes flowing in winter, a snowmobile spark plug troubleshooting guide, a firewood-cutting primer, and a bookshelf project that gives your old wooden toboggan new life. Plus, we deliver the inside scoop on new appliances for off-grid living. And, it’s the moment we wait for all year, when we get to show you the stunning collection of winning shots from our annual photo contest, along with the funniest pics you sent in. Lastly, Cottage Life turns 30 this year. Celebrate with us as we look back at our fondest (and strangest) moments.