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Season 3 is here! Join Michelle Kelly, Editor of Cottage Life magazine, for a podcast that explores everything from real estate and design to the environment and your furry friends at the cottage. You’ll hear interviews with cottage experts, discover cherished essays, and hear readers’ most-loved tips as we celebrate the magazine’s 35th anniversary. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Season 3 is here! Join Michelle Kelly, Editor of Cottage Life magazine, for a podcast that explores everything from real estate and design to the environment and your furry friends at the cottage. You’ll hear interviews with cottage experts, discover cherished essays, and hear readers’ most-loved tips as we celebrate the magazine’s 35th anniversary. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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Canada

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Season 3 is here! Join Michelle Kelly, Editor of Cottage Life magazine, for a podcast that explores everything from real estate and design to the environment and your furry friends at the cottage. You’ll hear interviews with cottage experts, discover cherished essays, and hear readers’ most-loved tips as we celebrate the magazine’s 35th anniversary. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Language:

English


Episodes

Q&A with Cottage Life founder, Al Zikovitz

8/25/2022
In the season finale, we commemorate our 35th anniversary by hearing from the founder of Cottage Life, Al Zikovitz. Michelle and Al chat about how the brand got its start, the culture it’s created, and how cottaging has changed over the last three decades. Then we’ll listen to an essay by treasured Canadian writer, and CL fan-favourite, Roy MacGregor. Articles referenced: “Rewriting the next chapter,” by Roy MacGregor (Cottage Life magazine, June/July 2022) Connect with Cottage...

Duration:00:38:54

Regulating the short-term rental industry

8/18/2022
The pandemic saw new levels of short-term renters flocking to cottage country. Michelle sits down with the executive director of the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations to chat about solutions to problem renters and what cottage owners who rent out their properties can do to keep their neighbours happy. Then, we’ll listen to an essay about a favourite culinary delight of late summer: fresh corn. Links: Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Association Articles referenced: “Kernel...

Duration:00:28:11

What’s going on with the loons?

8/11/2022
This fall, the Cottage Life channel will be airing a fascinating documentary, “Loons: A Cry from the Mist,” all about the mysterious state of the loon population in cottage country. Michelle chats with filmmaker Julia Nunes and Dr. Doug Tozer from Birds Canada about the doc and about what cottagers can do to help the loons thrive. Then, we hear an essay from David Zimmer about one of his favourite sounds of summer. Links: Canadian Lakes Loon Survey by Birds Canada Articles...

Duration:00:35:08

A visit to the Canadian Canoe Museum

8/4/2022
Ready to play tourist? This week, we’re going on a private on-site tour of the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough. Michelle speaks with museum Executive Director, Carolyn Hyslop, and Curator, Jeremy Ward, and learns all about the museum’s collection of more than 600 watercraft. We’ll also hear an essay by journalist Paul Rush about dealing with a medical emergency when you are alone at the lake. Special thanks to: Carolyn Hyslop, executive director, Canadian Canoe Museum Jeremy Ward,...

Duration:00:31:46

Interior design tips with Jillian Harris

7/28/2022
Looking to renovate your cottage but not sure where to start? Interior designer and television personality Jillian Harris joins Michelle to talk about one of her latest passions: cottaging. She shares her experience reviving an old farmhouse in Kelowna, B.C., and offers tips on how to revamp on a budget. One way to add some personality to your space is with collectibles and memorabilia. We’ll listen to an essay by journalist Ellen Vanstone about collecting classic kitsch for a newly built...

Duration:00:29:52

All about ticks

7/21/2022
Our very own Cottage Coach, Adam Holman, and his wife, Jennie Holman, are here to chat with you about ticks, including what every cottager should know and what to do if one attaches itself to you. Then, Adam and Jennie debunk some of the biggest tick myths in cottage country. We’ll also hear an essay that will inspire you to go on a hike at the lake, especially now that you have the information you need to protect yourself against ticks. Connect with Cottage...

Duration:00:23:02

Fido at the lake: Pet chat with the Wild Rose vet

7/14/2022
Every cottager knows having a pet at the lake is a little different than having it in the city. Dr. Savannah Howse-Smith, from Cottage Life’s television show Dr. Savannah: Wild Rose Vet, is here to share what pet owners need to pay special attention to when their furry friend is in the wilderness. Pets may be a big commitment, but nothing is quite as much work as the upkeep required when you own a cottage. Journalist Orland French explores the seemingly never-ending to-do list at even the...

Duration:00:27:20

#DontDoItForTheGram

7/7/2022
We love a good wildlife shot, but nature photography can quickly become dangerous for both humans and animals. In this episode, Michelle chats with Erin Ryan, a biologist and wild animal welfare specialist at the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, about the potential threat of irresponsible wildlife photography practices and easy tips to remember the next time you shoot flora and fauna. Then, journalist Jennifer Kingsley reveals her unexpected suggestion to...

Duration:00:22:06

Get lost and found

6/30/2022
You don’t need a map to get to the cottage, but do you know why? In the premiere episode of Season 3, Liann Bobechko, Deputy Editor of CL, joins Michelle to dig into the science of wayfinding and shares why we shouldn’t always rely on GPS. Equipped with new map-making skills, we revisit an essay about a treasure hunt on Georgian Bay by Giller-Prize nominated Canadian journalist, playwright, and novelist David MacFarlane. Then we kick off a new series featuring readers’ favourite tips and...

Duration:00:24:27

The expert on all things cottage

8/26/2021
On the last episode of the season, we chat with a true cottage expert—former editor and publisher of Cottage Life, Penny Caldwell. She shares an insider look into working on the magazine for 18 years, what she’s learned from cottagers, and what makes cottaging in Canada so special. Plus, she answers the most common Q&As we get to the magazine. Also, we’ll revisit an essay about the traditions we form while being a kid at the cottage. Special thanks to: Penny Caldwell, former Cottage Life...

Duration:00:37:48

Weather lore: True or False?

8/19/2021
Should a red sky at night really give sailors delight? Michelle interviews David Phillips, senior climatologist for Environment and Climate Change Canada, about the weather lore we love to share. Whether the sun is shining or rain is coming down at the cottage, it’s always a good time for a nap. We revisit an essay by journalist Elamin Abdelmahmoud about the rebellious act of catching a few zzzs when you’re at the lake. Plus, if you’ve got ants marching in and out of your kitchen, our quick...

Duration:00:29:05

Slow your boats

8/12/2021
Safe boating practices continue to be a hot topic among cottagers. On this week’s episode, we chat with Diana Piquette, the president of Safe Quiet Lakes, an organization with the goal of making cottage-country lakes safer for everyone. Then we’ll hear about journalist and Lake Simcoe cottager Sasha Chapman’s experience making maple syrup. Last, we offer a key tip for potential cottage guests: what never to bring for a weekend at the lake. Special thanks to: Diana Piquette, president, Safe...

Duration:00:25:09

Save the shorelines

8/5/2021
For this week’s episode, we called on Dan Kraus, a Senior Conservation Biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, to discuss how cottagers can protect their lakes through the restoration of their shorelines. However, when it comes to personal health, the cottage is the place where calories don’t count (right?). We’ll listen to an essay by award-winning food writer Mark Schatzker about the way we eat at the lake. Plus, our tip will help with live staking red-osier dogwood along your...

Duration:00:25:30

Living with wildlife

7/29/2021
Should you or should you not feed the deer? Michelle interviews the star of the Cottage Life channel, Hope Swinimer, about how to live in harmony with cottage wildlife. And while we’re on the topic of nature, we revisit an essay from writer Lisa Moore about how she gets wild at the cottage—the answer may surprise you. One memory you may want to forget: stepping on a porcupine quill. Our quick tip reveals the secret to safe removal without a trip to the hospital. Special thanks to: Hope...

Duration:00:30:13

When mosquitoes attack!

7/22/2021
We love going to the cottage, but there is something that bugs us about life at the lake. It's not the maddening commute, the frantic Friday packing, or the iffy plumbing—it's the mosquitoes. In this special bonus episode of the podcast, brought to you by the experts at Off!, we’ll share how to keep those pests (and their bites) at bay. Then we’ll listen to CL favourite Roy MacGregor’s take on the big five bugs of cottage country. Special thanks to: Dr. Jean-Paul Paluzzi, associate...

Duration:00:25:48

“Is it okay if…” Appropriation vs. Appreciation of First Nations’ culture

7/15/2021
Join us as we dive deep with writer and educator David A. Robertson, who wrote about the difference between appreciating and appropriating First Nations culture for our June/July 2021 issue. Then journalist Clive Thompson shares his most perfect memory of the wilderness. And for anyone who fears the lake because of leeches, there’s no need to worry. If one finds its way onto you, use this leech-removal tip and never fear the drink again. Special thanks to: David A. Robertson, author and...

Duration:00:24:20

We’ve gone to the birds

7/8/2021
If there’s one thing we can thank the pandemic for, it’s our deeper connection to nature. Join Jody Allair from Birds Canada as he teaches us about common cottage birds and how to identify them by their sound. Then we’ll listen to an essay about everyone’s favourite cottage pastime: the puzzle. Plus, have you ever been kept awake by a leaky tap at the cottage? Don’t lose sleep—do this instead. Special thanks to: Jody Allair, director, citizen science & community engagement...

Duration:00:25:58

Cottage real estate madness!

6/30/2021
In the premiere episode of season two, we interview Scott McGillivray about the booming cottage real estate market. One perk to the madness is that more people will experience the joy of cottage living, which we explore in an essay about the magic of being completely alone at the lake. And we share the solution to a stinky cottage situation: how to remove the skunk smell from your dog. Special thanks to: Scott McGillivray, real estate expert and contractor Articles referenced: “Solitude”...

Duration:00:25:45

Catching up with Roy MacGregor

8/13/2020
For the final episode of the season, we take a look at some of the greats, starting with treasured Canadian journalist and author Roy MacGregor. His work explores what is so special about cottaging in Canada and what makes it unique. Then we’ll listen to the sounds of the regal Great Blue Heron. And to close out the episode, an essay by Roy that’s received one of the greatest responses from CL readers. Special thanks to: Roy MacGregor, journalist and author Articles...

Duration:00:36:01

Getting there

8/6/2020
Once you pack up the car and put the key in the ignition, your cottage experience is under way. We talk with Dr. Eric Miller from the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute about how traffic works and the surprising ways drivers can cause problems on the road . Then we’ll listen to the sound of an animal you could mistake for a car coming down the road. And we ask: are you a bullet driver or a meanderer? Special thanks to:Dr. Eric Miller, University of Toronto...

Duration:00:37:40