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

Maintenance »

How to sharpen a knife

[7 Feb 2018 ]

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 »

Maintenance »

Chainsaw Maintenance

[22 Jan 2018 ]

Chainsaw and Safety Gear
Knowing how to operate and maintain a chainsaw is critical for cabin and cottage owners. Wearing the proper safety gear, using the chainsaw correctly and conducting regular maintenance will ensure the chainsaw serves its purpose in a safe and efficient way. Read the full tip »

On The Water »

Boat Trailer Maintenance

[19 Jan 2018 ]

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 »

At Your Leisure »

Geocaching 101

[8 Dec 2017 ]

What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is the modern outdoor treasure hunt game that is both educational and entertaining for friends and family. It’s time to give it a try at the lake! Read the full tip »

On The Water »

How to winterize a boat

[23 Nov 2017 ]

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 »

Maintenance »

Marine Battery Tips

[23 Nov 2017 ]

Preparing the cottage boat batteries for winter storage is an important part of the cottage closing process. Read the full tip »

On The Water »

How to Protect Dock Lines

[13 Sep 2017 ]

boat rope protector

Boat rope often frays after long periods of rubbing against the side of the boat or the cleats. Here’s a simple trick to protect the dock line from breaking. Read the full tip »

In The Woods »

Forest Tent Caterpillar Facts

[9 Jun 2017 ]

forest tent caterpillars eating tree leaves
The forest tent caterpillar (FTC) is a native insect that feeds on the leaves of various hardwood trees including aspen, birch, basswood and oak. Read the full tip »

Around The Property »

Buying Tip: Water Level Risks

[23 Apr 2017 ]

rising water level
Water levels can change significantly in cottage country. Here are some important points to consider when you are thinking about buying a cottage. Read the full tip »

Maintenance »

How to clean a spark plug

[19 Jan 2017 ]

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 »