The Cottage Life Podcast
Getting there

Getting there

August 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 Transportation Research Institute

 

Articles referenced:
The Drive” by Diane Forrest (Cottage Life magazine, August 1997)

 

Related resources:
Nature sounds provided by:
Ruffed Grouse: William W. H. Gunn / Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab (ML59276)

 

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This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

The art of entertaining

The art of entertaining

July 30, 2020

Nothing makes the cottage feel more special than when it’s full of family and friends. But the idea of entertaining everyone can seem overwhelming. Thankfully journalist, cookbook author, and cinnamon bun magician Amy Rosen is here with tips to take the pressure off when it comes to feeding a crowd. Nothing will wake everyone up in the morning like the sound of the woodpecker alarm clock. We’ll share what a yellow-bellied sapsucker is really up to when it’s pecking away first thing. And then we visit something all cottage-goers love: a well used deck of cards. 

 

Special thanks to:

Amy Rosen, journalist, cookbook author, and CEO of Rosen’s Cinnamon Buns

 

Articles referenced:

All Hands on Deck” by Michelle Kelly (Cottage Life magazine, November/December 2002)

 

Related resources

Nature sounds provided by:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: Michael Andersen / Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab (ML133139)

 

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This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Our crowning glories

Our crowning glories

July 23, 2020

There is nothing more beautiful than the green canopy of trees that make up cottage country. But the health of our trees is just as important as the beauty and arborist Matt Logan is here to answer reader FAQs. Then we’ve got even more tree talk—you’ll learn how trees communicate through their roots, share nutrients, and can warn one another of infestation. We also discover how planting a tree grows more than just a forest. 

Special thanks to:

Matt Logan, owner of Logan Tree Experts

 

Articles referenced:

The Long View” by Liann Bobechko (Cottage Life magazine, Early Summer 2017)

 

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This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Have you had the talk?

Have you had the talk?

July 16, 2020

A conversation about cottage succession can be awkward, but it shouldn’t be avoided. On this episode, we chat with estate planning lawyer Peter Lillico to get his expert advice on the three pillars of a successful cottage succession plan. Whether you’ve inherited your cottage or bought something new, chances are you can hear frogs chirping around your property. We’ll learn about the sounds of some of the most popular frogs in Canada. And then comes the eternal debate: is cottaging better in July or August?

 

Special thanks to:
Peter Lillico, Lillico Bazuk Galloway Halka in Peterborough, Ont.
Read “How to hand down your cottage while keeping the peace and saving money,” by Penny Caldwell (Cottage Life magazine, Early Summer 2018)

 

Articles referenced:
“The Flavour of the Month” by Roy MacGregor (Cottage Life magazine, Spring 2016)

 

Related resources:
Frog sounds provided by:
FrogWatch by NatureWatch

 

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This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

#cottagesowhite

#cottagesowhite

July 9, 2020

Editor Michelle Kelly sits down with Elamin Abdelmahmoud to reflect on his 2019 Cottage Life article “Breaking the Colour Code” and to discuss race and how people of colour experience the culture of cottaging. Resident bird-lover Liann Bobechko is back to share why we should give a hoot about owls and their calls. And we take a look at how nature can help us come together to find our roots as a community, whether at the cottage or as a country.

 

Special thanks to:
Elamin Abdelmahmoud
Read “Breaking the Colour Code,” by Elamin Abdelmahmoud (Cottage Life magazine, Mar/Apr 2019)
You can find Elamin on Twitter: @elamin88

 

Articles referenced:
On the Power of Tradition” by Stephen Marche (Cottage Life magazine, Early Summer 2017)

 

Related resources:
Owl sounds provided by: Barred owl (northern): William W. H. Gunn / Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab (ML59801)
Great horned owl (Great Horned): Lucie R. Gunn / Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab (ML59823)

 

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Going wild!

Going wild!

July 2, 2020

Life Below Zero star Sue Aikens, who is famous for living off the grid, shares her thoughts about what it’s like to live in isolation, especially during COVID-19, and offers advice to the cast of Life Below Zero Canada, the Cottage Life channel’s newest hit show. If you spend time in the wilderness, you might meet an otter—a silent and stealthy creature, until it’s not. Find out what sounds the otter makes and what they mean. One sound every cottager is familiar with is the buzz buzz of a particular pesky insect. We share a classic essay about taming the mosquito.

 

Special thanks to:
Sue Aikens, Life Below Zero
You can find Sue on Twitter: @sueaikens

 

Articles referenced:
“This Mortal Coil” by David Zimmer (Cottage Life magazine, June 2006)
An ode to mosquito coils

 

Related resources:
River otter sounds courtesy Wild Otter Acoustics, a non-profit group studying vocalizations and behaviors of North American river otters. 

 

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In search of peace and quiet

In search of peace and quiet

June 25, 2020

Let’s make some noise about...being quiet. We interview longtime Cottage Life contributor Leslie Garrett about “Killing Us Softly,” from our June/July 2020 issue, about the importance of silence and its surprising effects on our wellbeing. Some noises, however, we love. Like the call of a loon. Deputy Editor Liann Bobechko decodes loon calls. And, in true cottage style, we revisit an essay about relaxing at the lake. 

 

Articles referenced:
“Killing Us Softly” by Leslie Garrett (Cottage Life magazine, June/July 2020)
“On the Pleasures of Not Doing a Thing” by J. B. MacKinnon (Cottage Life magazine, Early Summer 2017) 

 

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Introducing the Cottage Life Podcast

Introducing the Cottage Life Podcast

June 15, 2020

In Canada, we get just 14 summer weekends every year, and only three of them are long weekends. So we created the Cottage Life Podcast to help you get more out of every single one of them.

Join Michelle Kelly, the editor of Cottage Life magazine, for a deep dive into the stuff cottage-loving Canadians care about most, from wildlife and the environment to and entertaining and real estate.

Catch new episodes every Thursday, just in time for the weekend. Cottage Life, where every day is the weekend!