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The Hot Seat

Wood or plastic? Cedar or pine? How to pick the perfect cottage classic

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Call it a Muskoka, a Westport, an Adirondack—it doesn’t matter. We’re talking about the same chair: that icon of cottage country, a symbol of finished chores and a cold drink in hand. If the cottage is your castle, this bad boy is your throne.

We have the U.S.’s Thomas Lee to thank for the first version, built in Adirondack Park in 1903. But as screwdrivers, poutine, and Imax prove, Canucks have no problem improving upon a design.

Who knows why the chair is so beloved. (Truth: it’s not the easiest seat to get out of.) Maybe it’s the armrests, wide enough for a plate of nachos or a game of crib? Here’s how to choose the right one—and how to make it last for years to come.

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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.