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Cottage Life

Here, we'll share with you many of our experiences of life in the Kawarthas. Indeed, for twenty years, we spent virtually every weekend here. And now, having left Toronto, we live on Balsam Lake year-round. As full-time residents, we will share our stories about our experiences and experiments in the Kawarthas, from organic vegetable gardening and chicken coop construction - to building a backyard skating rink, barbecuing, canning local produce, and finding interesting spots to shop in the best part of Ontario cottage country.

A cottager shares practical tips for making eco-friendly decisions at the cottage

With the spreading of wildfires throughout all of Canada, increasing amounts of plastic in our environment, and noticeably warming temperatures,...
09/20/2018
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Summer on the lake: ‘It’s as Canadian as ice hockey’

In Canada, the summer ritual of decamping to the lakeside is passed down through generations – especially in Ontario ‘cottage...
09/18/2018
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Autumn-Inspired Home Decor

See how this designer lets the beauty of fall inspire her Connecticut home decor Since fall is a time when...
09/10/2018
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5 over-the-campfire dessert recipes for gooey s’more alternatives

When the night air starts to cool, it's time to gather around the campfire and bust out the guitars, your...
08/29/2018
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Off to the Cottage, in the Past

Education August 17, 2018 Tourism has been a part of life in the Kawarthas since the 1800s. Perhaps the area’s...
08/28/2018
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35+ Things To Do In Ontario This Summer That You Need To Add To Your Ontario Summer Bucket List

Share Shares 12 Summer time guys! It may be early August but honestly summer feels like it just started and...
08/27/2018
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7 kitchen essentials for cottage renters

Congratulations - you've rented a cottage. You've scrutinized every online picture and done a fly-by on Google Earth. You've emailed...
08/21/2018
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Ontario to drop price floor on beer in time for Labour Day, Premier Ford announces

Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government is lowering the price floor for beer in time for Labour Day weekend, and will...
08/15/2018
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9 Make-Ahead Dishes for Summer Parties

When the sun is shining (and the drinks are flowing), the last place we want to be is in the...
08/10/2018
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Quick checklist for the thoughtful Muskoka cottage guest

MUSKOKA — It's that time of year when we all like to have guests up to the cottage to visit,...
07/31/2018
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5 ways to ensure a return visit to your cottage rental paradise

From the moment you arrive at your cottage rental, you know this is the place. The one you want to come back...
07/30/2018
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How to handle a heat wave in cottage country

Sure, cottage country might be the best place to be when a heat wave sets in, but no matter where...
07/30/2018
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A guide to bringing your cat to the cottage

While her sibling of the day, Caddy, proudly introduced me to such surprising creatures as ermines and flying squirrels by...
07/30/2018
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Ps and Qs: Renting a friend’s cottage

Dear Nicole, I have a friend with a cottage she rents out for the summer. Months ago, I asked her...
07/23/2018
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Turn Your Summer Get-Together Into A Taco Party With These Recipes

This is great summertime eating. Use any type of fish you like — virtually everything works here: a thick cod,...
07/18/2018
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10 tips to make the most of your deck this summer

Finally, the warm weather has arrived! Time to spend some quality time on the deck barbecuing, sipping a cold beer,...
07/04/2018
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Hey Kawartha Lakes, strawberry season is early and excellent

Strawberry season has arrived early this year and growers are describing this year’s crop as excellent.  Pickers and strawberry lovers...
07/03/2018
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Take the Kawartha Lakes Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge

The Kawartha Lakes Public Library wants to challenge you this summer. Can you complete at least two of these tasks before...
06/29/2018
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Recipes Everyone Is Making this Summer, According to Pinterest

It feels safe to say that we've finally made it to summer. And now that the dark clouds and cool days...
06/26/2018
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DIY dream: 4 cedar project ideas for your home or cottage

Americans love their do-it-yourself home improvement projects, and the warmer months can be an excellent time to brush up on...
06/20/2018
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5 tips for recycling at the cottage

There’s nothing quite like ending a summer day on the dock, the sun nestled into the tree line, water quietly...
06/15/2018
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