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70 Years (and counting)

There’s no such thing as a cottaging expert. But after so much water under the bridge, here’s what I’ve learned

Always cherish every moment.

—I. Anne Link, Farm Lake, Que.

Dear Catherine,

Congratulations. You have just taken leave of your senses—creature comforts, reliable services, traffic ease, handy shopping—yet are entering a whole new world that, with each passing year, will come to make more and more sense.

Cottages, in fact, are for you.

Believe me, I know of what I speak. I am coming up to my 70th summer at the lake, given that I was all of four days old when I was taken to my grandparents’ log home on a rocky point on Algonquin Park’s Lake of Two Rivers. We stayed all summer every summer until the grandparents passed on and the cottage sold. In the years since, as much of summer as possible has been spent at a small cabin on Camp Lake, which receives its clean, clear water from a waterfall on the very edge of Algonquin.

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Cottage Life kicks off the season with a Get-Ready Guide! 138 pages of inspiration and advice including our 2017 real estate trend report, timeless advice from seasoned cottager Roy MacGregor, 10 easy DIY jobs anyone can do, a primer on generators, easy tinnie hacks, a hard-working ATV trailer, tips for setting up the kitchen and simple opening up meals, plans for building a deer-proof planter box, and ideas for converting a trailer into a guest bunkie. Plus, the restoration of a 200-year old Cape Breton cottage, and how a couple scored a $59,000 dream cottage.