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It’s all about de-icer

Bubblers help to protect shoreline structures, but come with a warning: user, beware

Ah, the “off-season” at the lake. The peace. The quiet. The wildlife crossing pristine ice—ah, yes, the ice. In 2019, winter ice damage and spring floods left cottagers scrambling to protect and repair shoreline structures. Katie Peet of R & J Machine in Lakefield, Ont., says that they fielded several calls from cottagers looking to install de-icers. “If they have a couple of feet of water, they can put one in to open up ice so it can’t be pushed and piled on the shoreline,” she says. “Some people use a chainsaw to open up the ice, but you may have to do that every day because it freezes over again at night.”

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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!