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.

Reminders to keep your pet safe and warm this Winter

Toledo, OH (WNWO)-- It's winter time and snow, ice, even the salt lurking outside of your driveway can be a danger to pets. First time dog owner Cassandra Schultz signed the adoption papers for her puppy Chica on Tuesday, but before the ink could...
01/17/2018
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Ice safety critical for skating and fishing during winter months

LATHAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) - Ice skating and fishing this time of year is hard to resist, but fire departments in the area want to remind people of some ice safety. The Chief of the Verdoy Fire Department says that unless they know the pond extremely well,...
01/10/2018
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Getaways Just 2 Hours From Toronto

On The Go Toronto Magazine | Featured | Getaways Just 2 Hours From Toronto Getaways Just 2 Hours From Toronto December 11, 2017 By Jessica Dennis Leave a Comment Written by: Felicia Mangiardi With December being a crazy month for us all sometimes it...
01/08/2018
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10 reasons to host Christmas at the cottage

Sure, hosting Christmas at the cottage can involve some logistical challenges. Simply fitting food, family, and furry friends into the car—not to mention driving through winter weather—can make staying home a far less labour-intensive option....
12/13/2017
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SIMPLE FARMHOUSE COTTAGE CHRISTMAS DECORATING IDEAS

Christmas decorating ideas don’t have to be complicated or over-the-top to be beautiful and festive. There are so many great ideas floating around on Pinterest, blogs, and magazine websites where we can get a ton of inspiration for our...
12/07/2017
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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS COTTAGE DECOR IDEAS

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS COTTAGE DECOR IDEAS NOVEMBER 30, 2015 BY DAGMAR BLEASDALE 16 COMMENTS   I started decorating for the holidays, but before I show you my Christmas Home Tour, here are some beautiful Christmas cottage...
12/07/2017
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A few gift ideas for a favorite fishing fanatic

I hope that you all had a happy Thanksgiving and some well deserved time with your family and/or friends. I sure did and I am pleased to say that it is time to put up the Christmas lights on the house and look forward to the Christmas season. This...
11/27/2017
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Decorating with Christmas lights

5 tips for decorating with Christmas lights inside the home. What better way to express Christmas cheer than a brightly lit home. As Thanksgiving week wraps up, millions of Americans will start thinking about decorating their homes for Christmas....
11/27/2017
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Rug up and head outside for winter entertaining

IT might be cold outside but the weather doesn’t need to be warm if you’re thinking of hosting friends outdoors. This season, more people are discovering the pleasures of using the garden to entertain through winter. Director of Landart Landscapes...
11/23/2017
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Cozy up your home this season with cabin chic decor

Whether you have a cabin or not, cabin chic decor will make any space feel cozy and inviting.  And as the months get colder, it's time to add some warm textures to your home. It can be hard to achieve this look without taking theming too far,...
11/20/2017
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3 Amazing Dips That Are Perfect For Winter Entertaining

Winter entertaining is infinitely easier with effortless appetizers. That’s why we’ve partnered with to share quick and delicious recipes that guests will love. Hosting a winter party with an enticing array of appetizers is a cozy...
11/13/2017
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Cottage Country “Staycationing”

Business 1 day ago ‘Staycations’ are becoming a popular trend where instead of travelling, families treat themselves to a stay close to home. An evening out, a swim in the pool, exploring your surrounding area with purpose, and no four hour trip home!...
11/08/2017
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Comfort food recipes to help cope with coming winter

The Kansas City Star (TNS) Campbell’s Tomato Soup was a vital part of my college experience – but not in the way you might think. On my way to classes in the art department of Colorado State University, I routinely walked past three...
11/08/2017
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"The cottage" become a hallowed, safe place

When I was very young, I would go with my grandparents on the weekends to what they called the “cottage.” I remember riding on a dirt road just outside Stillwater. It seemed a long way from Woodbury, where my grandparents lived, and the ride...
10/31/2017
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Empty-nesters North Shore cottage

Karen and Trevor Canty expected to encounter chaos when they moved into an apartment while their cottage was being renovated five years ago. Instead, the Auckland couple got a big surprise when the experience opened up a delightful new way of living....
10/31/2017
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One-Tank Trips: Show proves cottage life can be cool

Cottage living isn’t just a warm-weather pursuit any longer. Those lakeside retreats known as cottages, cabins and vacation homes are increasingly becoming year-round abodes. Many have been outfitted with all the comforts of home, including...
10/27/2017
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How a 51-year-old revenue manager lives in under 400 square feet

In 2013, Lisa saw an ad for a preconstruction condo development near Casa Loma. The building was near the subway and U of T, so a tiny studio apartment (complete with parking and a storage locker) seemed as though it would be a good investment. She made...
10/27/2017
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Home of the Month: Cottage Cool In Markleville

Almost nothing is what it seems on the internet. One of the few exceptions is the minimalist home of Angie and Alex Wendricks in Markleville, just outside Pendleton. Thousands of people admire the house on Angie’s blog and Instagram account, and...
10/23/2017
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As kayaking’s popularity spreads, so do safety risks

Port Austin — The conditions seemed ideal: wispy clouds against a blue sky, light wind, temperatures in the high 70s. But two kayakers lasted less than an hour in Lake Huron, making a U-turn back to shore due to choppy waves that couldn’t...
10/23/2017
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12 Genius Decorating Ideas for Small Kitchens

Work with the existing architecture. Rather than force traditional upper cabinetry in this centuries-old Spanish kitchen (the entire home is only 460 square feet!), the owners left the stone archway untouched. They implemented small modular furniture...
10/18/2017
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Fantastic Fall Fishing

People often ask me, “When is the best time to go fishing?” and my usual reply is, “Anytime you can!” And I mean it. I can’t remember a time I came back after a day of fishing and wished I had never gone. Not all trips...
10/16/2017
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Cool, coastal decor is water, beach-inspired

Coastal decor is all about water-inspired blues, driftwood and sandy beaches. We may not be near any oceans in Michigan, but water is part of who we are, especially during the summer. That translates into our decor at home and at summer cottages. No...
10/04/2017
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5 cozy recipes to get your family in the mood for fall

Fall is in the air, and that cozy time of year is upon us. The time to wear sweaters and sweatshirts, cuddle up in front of a fire, turn on a football game and settle in with your loved ones. It's also the perfect time to get your house smelling...
10/04/2017
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Solar Style: Traverse Area Home Tour by Northern Home & Cottage, Home #3

Head down South Tager Road, a country lane that meanders through the heart of Leelanau County, and you can’t help but feel the serenity. A herd of free-range goats grazes around a weathered barn, birds it through brush, and well, there isn’t...
09/30/2017
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20 Stunning Cabins That Will Make You Excited to Welcome Cold Weather

With summer’s end on the horizon, we’re looking forward to crisp fall days and cozy under-the-blankets nights. What better way to take in fall foliage than at a cabin? We rounded up twenty of 2017’s most stunning cabins available on...
09/19/2017
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Dorm Decor at University of Kentucky

See inside the dorm room of two freshmen at University of Kentucky complete with matching headboards, coffee station, and fish.
09/19/2017
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New Canadians encouraged to start boating this summer

The Lifesaving Society, Canada’s leading organization responsible for drowning prevention, has launched an online boating safety program targeted to new boaters, particularly new Canadians who may be experiencing recreational boating for the first...
09/12/2017
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Sandy beaches in York Region? Dip your toes in waters of Lake Simcoe

When scorching temperatures finally arrive, you don’t have to travel far to dip your toes in the water and park your bum on the sand.   Lake Simcoe — a hidden, glistening gem —  with its clear waters, endless swimming and...
09/05/2017
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You Say Cabin, I Say Cottage

What’s the difference between a cabin and a cottage? Some friends of mine can’t agree on what to call their summer property at the lake. She always refers to it as “the cottage” while he calls it “the cabin”.
08/14/2017
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Lake Safety with Small Kids

I often get asked about living near water with small children. We didn’t have children when we moved to the lake, but as soon as Hailey arrived, considering what factors we needed to focus on became a top priority. I believe lake safety with small...
08/02/2017
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Is It Safe for My Dog to Drink From Rivers, Lakes or Oceans?

Any animal compelled to lap up toilet water probably has a cast-iron constitution, right? So what harm can come to a dog who drinks out of natural bodies of water? Plenty, as it turns out.
07/30/2017
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Eight safety tips to ensure a day in the water goes swimmingly

Summer is heating up and that means families will be looking to cool off at area lakes, ponds and pools. But before you let the kids jump, slide or dive right into the water, take note of these eight swimming safety tips.
07/30/2017
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Books can complement everyday summer activities

Pieces of chalk and a driveway, a cardboard box in the grass, flour and sugar in the kitchen, or a stick on a sandy beach — children only need common, everyday items, a long summer day, and your encouragement to have fun.
07/30/2017
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Cool & classic cottage

A newly built cottage on the Big Rideau Lake was infused with a family’s love of design when a young interior designer teamed up with her stylish aunt to combine contemporary creativity with years of home renovation and decorating experience.
07/27/2017
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Debbie Travis house to home: Theme decorating

Spring and summertime festivities always bring to mind planning around a theme. Whether you are inside or out, it's fun and easy to pump up your décor with accessories that match the celebration. Everything from balloons and strings of lights...
07/25/2017
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Once the home of a dairy farmer, an Uptown cottage gets an elegant makeover

Julia Terry, a New Orleans banker who has renovated four houses, has a governing principle. "I remember my dad saying, 'Listen to your house. It will tell you what it wants to be'. In other words, be authentic in your approach to design....
07/18/2017
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Lakefront living has many benefits, residents say

Vibrantly colored sunsets, stress relief and better health are among the reasons given for why people enjoy living on the shorelines of Lake Erie east of Cleveland.
07/18/2017
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LAKE GAMES FOR ADULTS

There are plenty of lake activities and games that are made for children, but what about adults? We have compiled a list of fun things adults can do at the lake that don’t revolve around just beer pong.
07/13/2017
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Recipe: Pick-me-up summer coolers that combine health and taste

Planning a summer party planned? Or are your kids' friends coming over to play? Whatever the occasion, everyone loves a refreshing drink in the sweltering heat.
07/12/2017
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Fountain Avenue Kitchen: Salad made with watermelon and avocado best served with a garden view

Fountain Avenue Kitchen: Salad made with watermelon and avocado best served with a garden view.
06/22/2017
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Emergency preparedness

Be prepared.  Everyone in Ontario is encouraged to be prepared — by creating a plan, assembling an emergency survival kit and by staying informed.
06/22/2017
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Getting it done: three businesses to help you simplify your outdoor to-do list

Time outdoors should be spent relaxing, not tackling a massive to-do list. In this column, we bring you solutions that last from three local businesses. There’s a roof with a lifetime guarantee, landscaping solutions that are virtually maintenance...
06/13/2017
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Boating Safety Advocates Across North America Promote Safe and Responsible Boating During National Safe Boating Week

What looks like a perfect day for boating can quickly become hazardous if someone ends up in the water. Boating safety advocates across the United States and Canada have teamed up to promote safe and responsible boating – including consistent life...
06/09/2017
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Vote for your favorite cottage region in Canada!

One of Canada's most popular summer pastimes is planning a trip to a lakeside cottage for a bit of R&R. While the province of Ontario is most closely associated with cottage country, stunning cottage regions have...
06/01/2017
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What to Do in the First 24 Hours After a Flood

Whether a flood is caused by ground water, falling water, or home water system malfunction, there are some best practices you’ll need to employ within the first 24 hours after the flood to ensure the safety of your home and family and give you the...
05/19/2017
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15 FARMHOUSE PORCHES THAT SAY SIT A SPELL!

I can’t think of a more homey…cozy…loving place than a sweet Porch.
05/19/2017
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Reasons Living On A Lake Makes For A Great Summer Vacation

One day my parents told me they finally sealed the deal on a house, and we were moving. I had no idea which one they had picked, and at the time, I had no concept of real estate.
05/10/2017
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What It's Like to Live in a Waterfront Home

For some waterfront homeowners, living by the water means 24/7 access to sun, sand and surfing.
05/10/2017
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12 Reasons Why Everyone Should Live On A Lake

There's nothing we love more than a lake house. In fact, we think that everyone should be living on lake front property. Not only is it beautiful, but it provides you will endless recreational opportunities, property value, and plenty of entertainment,...
05/08/2017
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Keeping Your Kayak Hull in Tip-top Condition

In a perfect world, your new kayak would glide through the years without a scratch or dent on its smooth polyethylene - or Royalex, or Kevlar, or urethane, or industrial nylon - hull. But we all know that, in reality, things happen, boats take a beating,...
05/08/2017
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One-Tank Trips: Cottage show caters to doers, dreamers

One-Tank Trips There’s something about “cottaging” that gets into your blood and you just can’t shake it. Take it from a veteran cottager whose grandfather bought an isolated property on Raven Lake, near Coboconk, and built a modest cabin years ago....
04/02/2017
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Real estate Canada: What $650,000 buys this week across the country

1. Old-fashioned lakefront log cabins in Saskatchewan’s boreal forest This log cabin compound is what cottagers’ dreams are made of. Address : Cabins on Delaronde Lake Were : Big River, Saskatchewan Price : $650,000 Specs : 5 beds, 2 baths Forget...
04/02/2017
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Check your cottage, trailer, OPP warn after rash of break-ins

There has been a rash of break-ins in cottages in Turkey Point, prompting police to warn those who own vacation homes to make a mid-winter check. Const. Ed Sanchuk of Norfolk County OPP said in the past week alone, there have been four break and enters...
03/23/2017
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The Land Between: Part 1 | Peterborough Examiner

Life OUR CHANGING SEASONS The Land Between: Part 1 of a look at this unique slice of Ontario, passing right through Peterborough County By Drew Monkman Thursday, March 2, 2017 8:35:29 EST AM A typical rock barren habitat of The Land Between, which extends...
03/06/2017
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Capital Voices: Doug Crump, the nostalgic cottager

Published on: February 3, 2017 | Last Updated: February 3, 2017 5:50 PM EST Doug Crump. Bruce Deachman Share Adjust Comment Print In anticipation of Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations, the Citizen’s Bruce Deachman has been out in search of Ottawans...
02/28/2017
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Curling and crokinole collide to create uniquely Canadian game

Are there two games more inherently Canadian than curling and crokinole? Perhaps a combination of the two, which is debuting this weekend at The Forks in Winnipeg. The game, which incorporates elements of curling with a life-sized crokinole board, has...
02/28/2017
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New Brunswick dad builds massive snow slide for the entire neighbourhood

Gone are the days when dads build simple snowmen for their children. It seems as though fathers across the country are in some sort of competition as to who can make more fun for their kids using a little snow and ice. Last week, we wrote about an Alberta...
02/28/2017
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Stunning three-metre-high ice formations transform the shores of Lake Winnipeg

Manitoba’s beaches aren’t usually a big attraction in the winter, but people flocked to the shores of Lake Winnipeg last weekend to witness a fantastic collection of ice formations. The formations resulted from strange weather patterns moving through...
02/28/2017
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A log cabin north of Orangeville helps de-stress a Toronto artist | Toronto Star

A log cabin north of Orangeville helps de-stress a Toronto artist By a pond in a six-acre forest, a rambling retreat is where Beth Halstead unplugs and re-energizes. Artist Beth Halstead strolls with her dogs, from left, her two Australian shepherds Bear...
02/28/2017
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