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Cottagelife.com has been the definitive online source for all things cottaging. Providing information on everything from real estate and boating tips to advice on how to be greener cottagers, cottagelife.com is one of the few websites to focus on what matters to Canadian cottage owners.

10 Tips for Smoking Your Holiday Turkey

Here are 10 tips for using a smoker to cook your holiday turkey from Ontario Gas BBQ. I'm not sure I could obey No. 4: If you're "lookin'" you're not "cookin'." I can resist anything except temptation.
12/17/2012 12:23 EST
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Five Tips for Avoiding Animals on the Road

Based on those reported, one of every 17 motor vehicle collisions involves a wild animal and 90 per cent of these collisions occur on two-lane roads, outside of urban areas. So what should you do if you meet a deer or another large animal on the highway? Here are five tips that can reduce your risk on the road and will hopefully keep you -- and the deer -- safe.
12/02/2012 12:56 EST
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Coming to a Cottage Near You: Jellyfish

Would you ever expect to see a jellyfish gently pulsating its way through your cottage lake? Probably not, but apparently it's becoming more likely. Lucky for us, freshwater jellyfish do differ slightly from marine jellyfish. In case you spot something with a whorl of string-like tentacles floating around in your lake, it's important to know these jellyfish are not harmful to humans.
12/02/2012 11:38 EST
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Five Tasty Hot Chocolate Upgrades

No need to drop $4 every time you want a cup of fancy hot chocolate. Use your favourite mix (or recipe) and these simple add-ins; you'll ward off the winter chill with gourmet cocoa from the comfort of your own cottage. Top with whipped cream -- all that's missing is the cardboard cup.
11/30/2012 12:20 EST
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Eight Energy-Saving Tips for the Holiday Season

For all we do during the summer months to try to be more "green," hosting dinner for the holidays can really have the opposite effect, not to mention hike up your hydro bill. In case you're hoping to save on energy and be a little better to the environment this holiday season, we've compiled a list of a few easy tips on how to do so.
11/29/2012 12:09 EST
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How to Make Bacon Candy!

Deep brown and irresistible, bacon plus caramelized brown sugar makes a tasty snack with drinks. Or cut in small pieces and scatter over ice cream. Seriously. Then watch it disappear.
06/03/2012 01:17 EDT

The Basics of Boating

Now that the weather's warming up, cottagers are hitting the lake with the ultimate cottage accessory -- a boat. Whether you're an experienced skipper, or new behind the hull, here are some tips and reminders about the legal -- and just plain polite -- rules of the water.
06/01/2012 11:21 EDT
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Nine Ways to Be a Good Cottage Guest

You might be worried about committing a faux pas and ending up on the host's blacklist. You also may be new to the wilderness, which can be an even bigger concern, for different reasons all together. Whether you're a good friend, an acquaintance or a tag-along, following some simple guidelines can ensure that everyone has a great time and that you get invited back.
06/01/2012 05:18 EDT
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10 Ways to Jazz Up Your Grilled Cheese

Do you love grilled cheese at the cottage? Of course you do. If you want to take your sandwich to the next level of deliciousness, try these Cottage Life-tested combinations (use your favourite bread)...
05/18/2012 05:17 EDT