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A higher power

Time to upgrade the old stove? New off-grid appliances make it easier to unplug


Propane stoves have long been popular among cottagers, but new models run on half the fuel that old ones require.

Stepping away is sweeter when you can truly power down. Relying on the sun, propane, or even mechanical energy, modern off-grid appliances are eco-friendly and easy to incorporate into your existing infrastructure. And, for many cottagers, the more they can reduce their power bill, the better.

Joshua James and his wife, Gillian Taylor, own a small two-bedroom off-grid cottage at Little McGarry Lake in Maynooth, Ont. “With the extreme weather we get, electricity is often not a reliable source of power,” says Joshua. “At least six or seven times each winter, the power goes out during heavy snowfalls, often for days at a time.”

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Cottage Life’s Winter issue is all about how Canadians do the cold season. Meet a family that embraces the best of winter fun, with polar bear dips, hot tubs, and all-day shinny. Try our weekend meal plans designed for when the water’s off. Get intel from our workshop to help you thrive in the cold: an outhouse seat hack, tips to keep your pipes flowing in winter, a snowmobile spark plug troubleshooting guide, a firewood-cutting primer, and a bookshelf project that gives your old wooden toboggan new life. Plus, we deliver the inside scoop on new appliances for off-grid living. And, it’s the moment we wait for all year, when we get to show you the stunning collection of winning shots from our annual photo contest, along with the funniest pics you sent in. Lastly, Cottage Life turns 30 this year. Celebrate with us as we look back at our fondest (and strangest) moments.