Kawartha Waterfront Blog
News and Articles in the Kawartha Lakes

Cottage Care

On a sultry summer weekend, you want to spend as much time as possible sitting on your dock, feet dangling, the newspaper in hand. Although you can't ignore maintenance at your weekend getaway, you can still find ways to streamline chores and carve out as much leisure time as possible.Here, you'll learn tips and best practices to care for your furnace, your well, and your septic system. You will also find gardening advice to transform a ho-hum spot into a restorative waterfront retreat.

Designing for the Long Term

Steve Mantle, owner of Summersweet Custom Design and Build Inc. in Norland, says about half of his clients ask for...
10/30/2018
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Hot tips for chopping and storing your firewood

Firewood is a lot like money - you can never have enough. Curating your own cache of firewood comes with...
10/22/2018
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How to fix 8 common cottage road problems

Potholes, washboarding, beaver dams...cottage roads need constant maintenance. Here's how to handle 8 common gravel road problems.
10/17/2018
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8 screws every cottager should have in their workshop

Trying to figure out which screws are right for the project you're working on? Don't get caught up in all...
10/16/2018
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Tips for taking care of your cottage exterior

When it comes to cottage exterior maintenance, proactive care trumps procrastination. Taking the time now to maintain the building envelope...
09/21/2018
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How to save money on a winter cottage rental

People often think that renting via big listing sites such as Airbnb and CanadaStays is the best way to find...
09/19/2018
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How to avoid common injuries while doing chores at the cottage

According to Statistics Canada, about 15 per cent of injuries happen when people are doing chores. "A lot of us...
09/13/2018
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30 Ways to Color Your Yard This Fall

As summer wanes, so do the blooms from our favorite flowers, leaving us grasping for the last vestiges of natural...
09/11/2018
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6 chores to get done by Labour Day

Labour Day is traditionally when you raise a glass to another successful season at the cottage. Well, that’s always the...
09/05/2018
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Severe weather warnings in place for parts of southern Ontario

UPDATE: There is no longer a tornado warning in southern Ontario. However, there are still heat and severe thunderstorm warnings,...
09/03/2018
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9 easy ways to get a beautiful shoreline and a healthy lake

Over her 24 years on Christina Lake, in the Boundary Region of B.C., Brenda LaCroix has seen a growing footprint...
08/29/2018
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10 repairs every cottager can master

Eventually, everything needs fixing. This is especially true in cottage country and more often than not the experts are few...
07/31/2018
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6 key questions about fire bans

We’re midway through Canada’s April-to-October forest fire season. And that means plenty of fire bans are in place. So, how much do...
07/18/2018
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How to protect your trees from invasive insects

Although small, the southern pine beetle cuts a nasty trail. Native to the southeastern United States, the beetle has killed...
06/30/2018
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These Front Door Colors Are Instant Game-Changers

Like a great lipstick, a bold front door can completely transform your façade. Here are 11 paint hues that’ll make...
06/30/2018
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5 invasive plant species and what to do with them

Invasive plants are a problem, but sometimes it’s hard to tell what they are and what to do about them....
06/17/2018
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How to prevent cottage critters from invading your cottage property

Cottage critters can certainly be cute from a distance, but not when they’re scurrying around beneath your feet while standing...
06/15/2018
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How to properly give the cottage to your kids

The Victoria Day weekend has arrived, and for many Canadians, this means a trip to the cottage to enjoy the...
05/28/2018
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DIY backyard BBQ table

Watch Brojects boys make a backyard BBQ table for their neighbours perfect for summer nights!
05/23/2018
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Labour of Love: Spring Cottage Maintenance

Spring maintenance begins the day we arrive to inspect the cottage after the long winter. Oftentimes, we find damage or...
05/16/2018
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5 Tiny Cottage Makeovers That Will Blow Your Mind

Though small on square footage, these seaside success stories prove that every fixer upper has the potential for beachy bliss.
05/16/2018
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