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Cottage Q&A: Protect your bunkie mid-build

I’ve got a half-finished bunkie on my property that’s essentially just a foundation and a floor with lumber on top. Is it better to cover it with a tarp before I close up or to leave it exposed to get snowed on through the winter?—Sammy Patch, via email

You’re better off covering it, says Sean Harris, one of the owners of the Little Building Company in Peterborough, Ont. “If it was one rainfall, I wouldn’t worry. But all winter?”

The dos and don’ts of scattering ashes in Ontario

As cottagers, we can understand why anyone would want their remains scattered in nature. But for the loved ones left behind, this simple practice can lead to questions, concerns, and unexpected outcomes. Since the last thing you want is to run afoul of the law during an already difficult time, we consulted with the Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO). The BAO’s main mandate is consumer protection and ensuring that people understand their rights and responsibilities before entering into contracts with funeral homes and other licensed organizations.

Moose searches for a snack in the lobby of the Alaska Regional Hospital

Last week, a fully-grown moose wandered into the front lobby of the Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage and began snacking on some nearby plants. The moose entered the hospital around 11:30 a.m. through the front door, frozen open due to extreme cold, and remained inside for approximately 10 minutes before politely showing itself out.

Video courtesy of YouTube/AP

5 paints you’ll need when painting at the cottage

Yes, there’s always a lot of maintenance to do at the cottage, but of all the chores on your list, none has the potential to make as a noticeable a difference as a fresh coat of paint.

Of course, what product you choose depends on where the paint is going, so to get the expert’s perspective on what paints you absolutely need at the cottage, we spoke with Sharon Grech, a spokesperson for colour and design for Benjamin Moore & Co.

Exterior stain

Wild Profile: meet the northern shrike

One of our most adorable songbirds is also our most vicious. The carnivorous northern shrike has a sharply hooked beak and a taste for mice and small birds. A shrike will swoop down from its perch in a treetop to attack ground-dwelling prey, or seize birds—black-capped chickadees, dark-eyed juncos, house sparrows—in mid-air with its feet or bill.

10 New Year’s resolutions every cottager should actually stick to this year

It’s January, which means it’s time for resolutions. And while you may be focusing on your weight, or your finances, or simply going to bed an hour earlier every night, you shouldn’t neglect your cottage. That’s right — your favourite place on earth could use some resolutions too.

Luckily, we’ve got 10 right here, along with the DIY instructions to make sure you can actually keep them.

This member of the weasel family is reclusive yet fierce

Deep in the snowy Western wilderness, the wolverine hankers for its next meal.

Bear-like, ferocious, and ever hungry, the reclusive wolverine is a dog-sized member of the weasel family. Fabled for extraordinary strength and stamina, it wanders through the Western boreal forest as far north as the high Arctic tundra, as well as in remote alpine wilderness in British Columbia and Alberta. Though superbly adapted to winter, even giving birth in its grips, the solitary mustelid walks a fine line of survival through the bleakest months of the year.

California’s redwood trees may find new home in B.C.

The tree migration is the brainchild of the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, an American nonprofit in Copemish, MI dedicated to collecting and preserving the genetics of ancient trees in “living archives” while also working to “propagate the world’s most important old growth trees before they are gone.” The organization has generated much interest in its work with California’s coastal redwoods.

9 safety tips to live by when driving on frozen lakes

The death of a 31-year old man after his vehicle went through the ice in Mississippi Lake in Ontario’s Lanark County in January is an unfortunate reminder that venturing out on frozen lakes and rivers is a risky business. Some of us do it because we have to, on ice roads. Many of us do it because we want to, as part of our winter recreation. Ice is never totally safe, but the more you know, the less chance you have of losing a vehicle—or your life.