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Waterfront

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Up in the air and on the job with Hydro One. Feb. 15, 2019.
DANIEL EHRENWORTH

20 Stop trying to make “windensation” happen! And other fake winter words.

21 Have mosquitoes met their match in this high-tech super-material? Suckers.

23 It’s aviation history in the making: a B.C. float plane company is going electric.

Colour them Protected

Ontario’s Hydro One workers wear orange. Because it’s still the new black. Or maybe because it’s Hi Vis. Their outfits are also flame retardant. Flame retardant? “Well, we’re working around electricity,” says Bill Hackett, a front line manager and a 35-year veteran of the utility company.

They like to climb it, climb it

Poles, trees, tranmission towers. “Every day, we have to work at heights,” says Bill. “If you want to do this job, you can’t be afraid of that.”

Workers climb up to 150 feet for hydro work and repairs.

Power, out

The most common cause of outages? Heavy, limb-breaking snow on trees, or ice buildup on equipment. If you lose your juice during good winter weather, it’s probably because a sick tree fell on the line. Hydro One monitors trees every three years, but, as all cottagers know, “even diseased trees can appear to be fine,” says Hydro One’s Tiziana Baccega Rosa.

“Tree contact” causes 40% of power outages in cottage country

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Get ready for winter with the new issue of Cottage Life. We’ve got your cold-weather bucket list, complete with 101 things to try, from fun and games to food and drinks, wildlife to wild activities. See the winners of our 2019 photo contest for all the best shots of the year. Take a peek inside a cool little EH-frame to get inspired by how the new young owners freshened it up on a budget. Then, go inside a glacier with adventure-loving B.C. cottagers—it’ll take your breath away. And, if you’re hosting at the cottage over the holidays, we’ve got easy recipes to feed a crowd with an all-hands-on-deck dumpling feast that’s as fun to make as it is tasty. You’ll also find 7 great picks for cottager gifts and plans for a simple sled-gear storage rack you can build yourself. Need some heat? If you’re wondering about the pros and cons of pellet stoves vs. woodstoves, we’ve got the scoop. Plus, we’ve got essential tips for winterizing and storing your batteries and answers to reader questions about appliances in the cold, cottage heating options, and how to cut your electricity costs, as well as what fireworks do to lake water, and whether you can hear the northern lights. Don’t miss the Winter 2019 issue of Cottage Life for the best of the snowy season!