Featured Tips
[17 Apr 2011 ]
water pump

Opening the cottage is the most exciting part of the year. It can also be the most stressful. Read the full tip »

[11 Apr 2011 ]
Old Cabin

Finding and renting the ideal cottage can be a stressful experience for first-time renters. Here are the main questions cabin renters need to ask a cottage owner. Read the full tip »

[20 Mar 2011 ]
Old Snow Shoes

Decorating the cottage may be the most enjoyable part of having a house on a lake.
Here are some unique ideas that will help you spruce up the old cabin without spending too much money. Read the full tip »

[19 Mar 2011 ]
Cottage on an Island

Buying the perfect summer cottage, cabin or lakeside chalet requires research and patience.
Here are some great tips on how to find and purchase the ideal cottage for your family. Read the full tip »

[19 Mar 2011 ]
Boat Trailer

Often overlooked or completely forgotten, the boat trailer serves an important role in your seasonal trips to the cabin.  Keeping it well maintained is a must.  Read the full tip »

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Recent Tips

At Your Leisure »

Wildflower Photo Techniques

[8 Nov 2013 ]
Thistle In Bloom

The best wildflower photos are captured when the plant begins to bloom. Read the full tip »

At Your Leisure »

Hummingbird Photo Techniques

[7 Nov 2013 ]
Perfect Hummingbird Photo

Taking the perfect picture of a hummingbird requires a bit of strategy, know-how and patience. Read the full tip »

In The Cottage »

Preventing Cottage Break-ins

[28 Oct 2013 ]

Note to Thieves - Cottage Break-inBreak-ins are on the rise in a number of cottage communities throughout Ontario and across the country. Read the full tip »

Around The Property »

Keeping A Mink Out Of The Boat

[30 Jul 2013 ]
Mink Sitting In Boat

A solution had to be found to keep the resident mink from messing up the boat. Read the full tip »

In The Woods »

How To Pick Blueberries

[28 Jul 2013 ]
Wild Blueberries

Whether you are a cabin owner, renter or guest, the best technique to pick blueberries is one that allows you to do it in an efficient and safe way. Here is how you can maximize your berries, minimize bug bites and avoid bears. Read the full tip »

In The Woods »

Ticks and Lyme Disease

[22 Jun 2013 ]
Blacklegged Tick or Deer Tick

The blacklegged tick (ixodes scapularis), also known as a deer tick, is expanding its range and can carry and transmit Lyme disease as well as a number of other ailments. Read the full tip »

On The Menu »

Avoiding Food Poisoning

[7 May 2013 ]

Food poisoning can ruin a cottage weekend. Fortunately, it is easily avoided when we follow a few simple steps. Read the full tip »

On The Menu »

Cooking On The BBQ

[7 May 2013 ]

The weekend BBQ at the cottage is a wonderful summer tradition. Here are some tips for beginners to make sure the meal turns out great every time. Read the full tip »

On The Water »

Boat Motor Gas to Oil Ratios

[19 Jan 2013 ]

Here is an easy way to quickly calculate how much two-stroke boat motor oil to put in the gas tank whether you are in Canada or the U.S. Read the full tip »

For the Environment »

Outhouse Maintenance

[22 May 2012 ]
Cabin Outhouse

For a traditional cabin owner, the outhouse is the most important room at the cottage. Regular service is the key to keeping it clean and family friendly. Read the full tip »