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Digital Subscriptions > Cottage Life > Winter 2019 > 101 ways to love winter at the cottage

101 ways to love winter at the cottage

The coolest bucket list you’ll ever read!

Canadiana alert !


Skate on a frozen lake.

“We wait for that perfect day, the first time the lake freezes thick enough before the snow ruins it. Drop everything and go,” says @karod50.


Break the 2016 Saskatoon record for World’s Largest Snowball Fight. You’ll need at least 7,681 friends. And lots of snow.


Spot cool winter weather phenomena. Or at least learn their definitions. In 21 words or less:

Frostquake = Underground ice expanding. Boom.

Silver thaw = A shiny glazelike coating of ice that can form after freezing rain.

Rime ice = Water vapour—from fog or mist—that settles on a surface and forms an opaque white layer.

Thundersnow = Thunderstorm, with snow.

Watermelon snow = Pink snow; it has red algae growing on it. (Don’t eat it.)

Ice volcano = Conical mound of lake ice that spews water, not lava.

Snow rollers = Curls or tubes of snow—think: a rolled up carpet—that form on a windy day.

Graupel = Hail’s smaller, softer cousin—it falls apart in your hand and won’t crack your windshield.

Bomb cyclone = An explosive, intense winter storm.

Pancake ice = Circular slabs that form in slightly turbulent water, usually near the beginning of winter. (Don’t eat them. Even with maple syrup.)

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About Cottage Life

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!