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Things every CANADIAN COTTAGER should know
Including which duct tape to use at the lake


Choose good tape

Red Green, that quintessential Canadian TV putterer, called duct tape “the handyman’s secret weapon.” And certainly there are endless uses for the stuff at the cottage. But which brand is best? We tested some of the top offerings for stickability, rain resistance, strength when stretched, and ease of use. Read on to find out our favourite for your next hasty cottage repair.—Braden Alexander

Cheerful but cheap

Cantech’s “multipurpose” tape (in patriotic red) has great stick and water resistance, but it was pretty flimsy and also had a fatal flaw: when we were ripping off pieces, it often tore lengthwise. Use it on Canada Day?

A real looker

Duck Tape (lime green, and leopard print above) wins points for best colour selection, but loses in every other category. Use it for crafts.

Solid stuff

Scotch Tough lives up to its name; we could hardly break it in the stretch test. Though that durability makes it difficult to tear pieces off, and it wasn’t the stickiest tape. Still, the sleek, rubbery black finish looks nice and repelled water, making this tape a good choice for duct-tape repair jobs that will look smart and last.

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Going North! Cottage Life toasts Canada’s 150th birthday, with an exclusive interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on what the cottage means to him, Canuck-inspired party recipes (beer and back bacon poutine, anyone?), and essential flag etiquette. The issue also includes workshop intel every Canadian should have, renowned Canadian writers and photographers sharing their views on our country from the cottage, a peek into our national official cottage, Harrington Lake, and why now is the time to plant a tree at the lake. PLUS, meet an American who, after a lifetime cottaging in Canada, has a thing or two to teach us about summers at the lake. Don’t miss this one-stop guide to celebrating Canada at the cottage.