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So Long, Summer: A Photographic Tribute to the Cottage

It's never easy to say goodbye to the lazy, hazy days of summer! We're paying tribute to an amazing cottage season with this presentation of striking snaps from talented Canadian shutterbugs.

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Big Lake, Manitoulin IslandPhoto: Jillian Manton

Reflections on water

“Every year I spend time at Big Lake, Manitoulin Island,” writes Jillian Manton of Cambridge, Ont. “I can see the lake from my cottage so every morning I get up early to enjoy the view. One morning, I noticed how incredibly calm the lake appeared. I rushed out of the cottage with my camera in hand and was thrilled to see that the lake looked like a beautiful mirror. I love the colourful reflection of the trees and foliage in the water.”

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Laurentians, north of MontrealPhoto: Jaan Ranne

Summer evenings

“At our cottage in the Laurentians, north of Montreal, there are two Adirondack chairs on our dock, where my wife Ruth and I frequently enjoy a cup of tea after supper,” shares Jaan Ranne of Kinburn, Ont. “One evening, she finished her tea before me but left her favourite mug on the arm of the chair. The mix of colours, along with the setting sun and the lake reflecting the shoreline and clouds, provided a great photo op.”

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British ColumbiaPhoto: Betty Weir

B.C. beauty

“My husband and I were on vacation last summer with our daughter Krista and her fiancé Mark, who were visiting from London, England,” says Betty Weir of Portage la Prairie, Man. “Mark had been to B.C. once before and absolutely loved the mountains. He couldn’t wait to visit again. We had gone hiking just outside Fernie and stopped to have a drink at a lodge with a beautiful view of the mountains. I took this photo down by the little beach there and it turned out to be Mark’s favourite photo of the trip!”

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Greenfield, N.S.Photo: Dodie Mezo

Sounds of silence

“While at our cottage on Ponhook Lake in Greenfield, N.S., I sat in one of these chairs with my coffee every morning, listening to the usual sounds of people getting up and coming down to the lake to start their day,” says Dodie Mezo of Toronto. “On this particular day, I got up just before dawn so that I could go down to the lake to watch the sunrise. Where usually the sounds of cottagers rising echoed across the lake, now there was only silence. I was overwhelmed by the pure stillness of that moment.”

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Dwight, OntarioPhoto: Rick Bywater

Early morning mist

“I happened to be driving along the shoreline of the beach in Dwight, Ont., at sunrise one morning,” says Rick Bywater of Huntsville, Ont. “The red chairs in the foreground and the colour of the clouds caught my attention—they really added to the beauty of the whole scene.”

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Woman takes her cedar strip boat to the cottagePhoto: Cathy Gauthier

Speed racer

Our Canada‘s Theme Pic Challenge garnered some amazing submissions, like this one. “My best friend Dianne takes her cedar strip boat ahead to their cottage as we go a bit slower in a pontoon boat loaded with our gear and two dogs,” Cathy Gauthier of Ontario writes.

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Maqua Lake in Fort McMurray, AlbertaPhoto: Tricia Reid

All is calm

Tricia Reid of Fort McMurray, Alberta, writes: “Maqua Lake is untouched paradise not far from completely destroyed Boreal Forest. Coming here you can forget for a moment the devastation that occurred in May.”

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Three boys jumping into the lake at the cottagePhoto: Dorise Arsenault Cormier

Summer days

Dorise Arsenault Cormier of New Brunswick captured this beautiful shot of her three grandsons enjoying a hot summer day at the dock of their cottage. Pure nostalgia.

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Girl with her dog at the family cottagePhoto: Kelly Coates

Best friends

A lot of what makes a great photographer is knowing which moments are shot-worthy. Kelly Coates of Ontario captured this adorable photo of her grand-daughter Britton boating with Buddy the dog at the family cottage.

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Dock at Lake KamaniskegPhoto: Norma Keith

Sittin’ on the dock of the bay

Norma Keith really nailed the vibe of Our Canada‘s Theme Pic Challenge with this shot of a dock in Ontario’s Kamaniskeg Lake. It’s a great example of composition and use of lighting.

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Row of kayaks by the lakePhoto: Wendy Erlendson

Summer colours

When we think of cottage life, we think of this image. Wendy Erlendson of Manitoba writes: “These summer colours make me want to jump in a kayak and paddle the lake!”

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Two women on kayak with two dogsPhoto: Cindy Bartoli

Four’s a crowd

Cindy Bartoli of Ontario writes: “When purchasing a new sit-on-top kayak, I had two requirements: it needed to be stable and I had to have room for my dogs. My daughter and her friend ensured it met both with flying colours.”

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Cottage in New BrunswickPhoto: Brett McMillan


This shot captures everything we love about cottage life: nature, stillness and oh-so beautiful sunsets. Brett McMillan writes: “Getting home to New Brunswick after spending a week in the big city of Toronto was a relief.”

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Blue sky at the cottagePhoto: Cheryl Power

Peace and quiet

Photographer Cheryl Power of Newfoundland and Labrador took this serene shot while relaxing at her cabin. Just look at those Monet-like skies. Great job, Cheryl!

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Family of ducks swimming in lakePhoto: Colleen McConville

Group of seven

What a majestic sight! Colleen McConville of Ontario captured this shot of a duck family on Morrison Lake, Muskoka.

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Deck chairs at Hudson Lake, OntarioPhoto: Connie Capes-Leslie


Very few things say cottage life like a couple of colourful (and comfortable) deck chairs. Photographer Connie Capes-Leslie snapped this shot on Hudson Lake in Ontario.

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View of lake and mountains at the cottagePhoto: Maddisen Dyck


Wouldn’t you love to wake up to this view? We certainly would. Maddisen Dyck of British Columbia writes: “Gazing out at the gorgeous lake from the beach at our cottage is always so relaxing.”

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Paddleboard in the lakePhoto: Heather Loewen

Ready, set, go

You can either kick back and relax during the summer or try out every activity you can. With this shot, photographer Heather Loewen of Alberta is all about the latter.

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Collecting sea shells at the cottagePhoto: Linda Sweeney

Playing in the sand

Linda Sweeney of New Brunswick captured this postcard-perfect image of good old family time at the cottage. We hope they found some buried treasure!

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Fishing at Dickson Pond, AlbertaPhoto: Deb Sandau

Gone fishin’

No trip to the cottage is complete without fishing. Photographer Deb Sandau captured this shot at Dickson Pond, Alberta.

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Bird flies from dock at the cottagePhoto: Cathy Nixon


What a wonderful photograph. Cathy Nixon of Alberta managed to capture this shot of a bird embarking on a solo flight.

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Man kitesurfing at the cottagePhoto: Judy Fazio

Catching the wind

Judy Fazio of Manitoba captured this fun photo depicting everyone’s favourite summer activity. Who else wants to go kitesurfing now?

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Boy next to Canadian flag at the cottagePhoto: Cindy Herbert

Canuck pride

Photographer Cindy Herbert’s shot makes us proud to be Canadian. And he is too by the looks of it!

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Qualicum sunsetPhoto: George Cope


Photographer George Cope gives a twist to our Theme Pic Challenge with this shot of a gorgeous sunset on Qualicum Beach, British Columbia.

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Nottawasaga River in Wasaga Beach, OntarioPhoto: Paula Eves

A little bit of history

The great thing about cottages is they can be passed down from generation to generation. Paula Eves of Ontario writes: “The beautiful Nottawasaga River in Wasaga Beach. I’m standing on the dock at the family cottage, built in 1907 by my great-grandparents.”

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