This time each year, many Canadians pack up and go to cottages across the country. Albertans head to cabins, Quebecers travel to chalets, and northwestern Ontarians visit camps. Here are four things to keep in mind to make the most of your escape.
- Maintain your dock
One of the most important elements in cottaging is the dock. Maintain the integrity of your dock by keeping an eye out for raised nails, shifted supports and boards that need replacing. That way you can tie up your boat or cannonball with confidence.
- Garden mindfully
When tackling landscaping projects, maintain the beauty of your land’s natural environment by encouraging biodiversity. A garden that includes colourful perennials like native Agastache and sunflowers not only looks gorgeous, but also attracts pollinators which are essential to plant reproduction. Incorporate natural elements like rocks and trees to maintain the character of your property.
- Socialize fireside
Before you enjoy the crackle of a fire, choose the setup that’s right for you and your space. If you want to focus on socializing, get a gas fire table so flames are one press of a button away. Gather to indulge in s’mores and when the night is done simply turn off the fire. If you want a smoky aroma but your cottage is on rocky retreat, a portable wood firepit from a store like Home Hardware provides ambiance regardless of landscape. And if you prefer to sit around a traditional firepit, work with local experts on the build to ensure it meets safety standards.
- Keep it secure
Whether stuck at home during the week or renting your cottage to guests, invest in a reliable security system. Not only does this provide peace of mind when you are not there, but also ensures that renters can securely and easily access the property.
For simple fixes or new builds, you can find Home Hardware dealers who can help in cottage communities across Canada.