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In 2017, we reached our 30th year of publication. Break out the loon-shaped birthday cake! A look back at our fondest (and strangest) moments

May 20, 1988

Date the first issue was published

Anita Willis (Editor, Cottage Life West, 2014 to 2016) on her favourite story

“Our feature about taking your cat to the cabin (‘The Kitty Contingent,’ Early Summer ‘16). Most fun for me were the cottage-cat stories and photos we solicited from readers. As the submissions rolled in, I spent hours poring over adorable cat photos and anecdotes at work.”

David Zimmer (Editor, 1997 to 2000), on the cover that freaked him the heck out

“March/April ‘89. It was my favourite, until someone told me that the cover was really disturbing. Now I see it that way: an ominous unseen figure inside the building, peeking out a partially opened shutter…at the unsuspecting cottagers who will soon arrive with their arms full of groceries only to be butchered by a cottage hermit madman!

Top reader complaint that is a myth

• “You do too many stories about cottages in Muskoka.”

• Number of 2017 feature stories about cottages in Muskoka = 0

Bizarre things that Cottage Life has received in the mail

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About Cottage Life

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.