Featured Tips

Preventing Cottage Break-ins

Note to Thieves - Cottage Break-in

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


Boat Buying Advice

how to buy a used boat

Buying a used boat, motor, and trailer requires extensive research and some careful planning. While most sellers are honest, it is important to protect yourself and ensure the transaction goes smoothly. Read the full tip »


Wood Stove Guide

Cabin Wood Stove

Proper maintenance, balanced air flow, and the use of quality wood will ensure the wood stove at the cottage works efficiently and safely. Read the full tip »


Cottage Opening Checklist

cottage opening checklist

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


Firewood Size and Storage

What is the best firewood for a wood stove?
Burning high quality firewood in the wood stove keeps the family warm and extends the life of the chimney stack. Read the full tip »

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Popular Tips

Around The Property »

Buying Tip: Water Level Risks

[23 Apr 2017 ]

rising water level
Water levels can change significantly in cottage country, so it’s important to know how this will affect the use of a property you are thinking about buying. Read the full tip »

Maintenance »

How to clean a spark plug

[19 Jan 2017 ]
dirty spark plug

When the boat motor, lawn mower, chainsaw, or weed whacker won’t start, the problem could be a dirty spark plug.

Here’s a quick fix to get you back on track. Read the full tip »

In The Woods »

Get Rid of Forest Tent Caterpillars

[31 May 2016 ]

forest tent caterpillars on aspen tree Forest Tent Caterpillars appear in massive outbreaks every 8-12 years and the infestations can run for two or three seasons. Read the full tip »

Maintenance »

How to sharpen a knife

[7 Feb 2016 ]
sharpening a knife

Knowing how to sharpen a pocket knife, fillet knife, or kitchen knife is an important skill to have at the cabin. Here are the knife-sharpening basics to get you started. Read the full tip »

Around The Property »

How to Pick Wild Mushrooms

[5 Feb 2016 ]
Wild Mushroom

Wild mushrooms have fascinated mankind for ages, and the revered fungi are now making a big splash at the lake. In fact, mushroom picking is threatening to bump the beloved blueberry off the top of the family foraging list. Read the full tip »

Around The Property »

How to Get Rid of Beavers

[10 Jul 2014 ]
Beaver Eats Jack Pine at Cottage

Here are some great tips on how to stop beavers from harvesting the trees on your cottage property. Read the full tip »

At Your Leisure »

Photographing Shore Birds

[9 Jul 2014 ]
Heron and Loon

Taking pictures of shore birds can be a challenge at the cottage. Here are some photo tips to help you get the best shots. Read the full tip »

In The Woods »

Facts about carpenter ants

[24 Jun 2014 ]
Carpenter Ant at Cottage

Carpenter ants are destructive at the cabin and can ruin the entire building. Here are the top tips on how to control and get rid of carpenter ants at the cottage. Read the full tip »

In The Woods »

How to get rid of mosquitoes

[23 Jun 2014 ]
Mosquito bite in Canada.

Mosquito numbers in the yard can be controlled and bites can be avoided by following a few simple tricks at the cabin. Read the full tip »

On The Water »

How to winterize a boat

[23 Jun 2014 ]
Winterizing a boat.

Here is a checklist to help ensure the cottage boat is properly prepared for the winter and is ready to go in the spring. Read the full tip »