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Summer Lovin’

Unexpected reunions, weddings on the shore, and fiery flings that never end. As these 14 cottager stories reveal, love just happens at the lake


Photography Daniel Ehrenworth

The Lake Effect

Nisha ♥ Grant

Robertson Lake, Ont.

Long ago, I helped build a cedar Prospector canoe. Years later, in the wake of hard times, the canoe sat quiet, unused, and too heavy for me to take out alone with my small son. And so, in 2005, I put the word out to friends that it was available for loan, as long as it was cared for and appreciated.

Three months later, Grant showed up on my doorstep, referred by some mutual friends. With a roof rack on his car and tie-down straps in hand, he was ready to enjoy the canoe with his four children.

More than a year later, Grant reached out and asked if I wanted to go for a paddle. Soon paddling became part of our routine, and in the quiet solitude of the Canadian Shield, we too had a chance to connect, laugh, and get to know each other. Out on the lake, we shared early morning canoe rides through rising mist, fall afternoons with the colourful leaves reflecting off the water, and late-night paddles with blankets in the moonlight. The canoe was our silent, stable ally in the evolution of our growing friendship and the discovery that we were meant for each other.

Fast-forward 10 years to August 2017, to our wedding at the lake. We decorated the canoe with cedar boughs and wildflowers and tied it to the dock where the ceremony took place. We read letters aloud that we had written to each other over a decade of courtship. Afterwards, we climbed into the canoe (Grant wearing his kilt!) and paddled away into the afternoon light.—Nisha Parekh

Andrea ♥ Colin

Lac Barnes, Que.

At my friend Ali’s cottage wedding reception, her brother Colin followed me around like a puppy, but I was not interested. (I had my eye on another guest.) On the last night, the power went out, my alarm didn’t go off, and I just missed my flight home to Arizona. I managed to book a flight the next day, but now I was stuck in a foreign country without a place to stay, and Ali was long gone on her honeymoon. But I had Colin’s number in an email. He was my knight in shining armour. Two kids later, we celebrate our wedding anniversary every year, but we call it Thanks, Hydro-Québec Day.—Andrea Irving

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Love is in the air—and in the pages of the Early Summer issue of Cottage Life. Our readers’ sweetest (and silliest) romance stories from the lake Inspiring design ideas from three cozy little love shacks Tips for getting along with your neighbours The inside scoop on the (surprisingly frisky!) cottage critter dating scene Our essential guide to keeping the cottage in the family An easy, casual tostada feast to feed all your loved ones—even the ones with dietary restrictions Summer projects to show your love: a bee box for troubled pollinators, a nature-inspired centrepiece for a cottage wedding, and a dock staircase that’s good for Grandpa, kids, and pets The inspiring story of a cottager who, at 22, brought the struggling lakeside store of her childhood back to life Intel on the new tribunal that’s replacing the OMB and how cottagers can help steer their lake’s development Pick up the Early Summer 2018 of issue of Cottage Life for tips and ideas to make this your best season yet.