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Lakestyle’s Top 12 Summer Lake Finds | Lakestyle Canada

June 18, 2019

Get ready for summer time at the lake with Lakestyle’s Top 12 Summer Lake Finds including water toys, our favourite cozy warm socks and moccasins at night by the fire.

Lakestyle’s Top 12 Summer Lake Finds

Lakestyle has been searching for the latest and greatest perfect lake items for Spring and Summer 2019. Here are Lakestyle’s Summer Lake Finds for you to get out on your dock and enjoy this lake season.

Top 12 Summer Finds

1. The All Natural Ceasar Mix [$7.99] by Walters is sure to get your taste buds hopping and your afternoon rocking this summer at the lake. Check out Goodness Me! to order yours online today or check out Find Walter to locate brick and mortar locations for pick up.

2. The Floating Island Pad [$769] from Lakestyle Inc. will keep an entire group of children or adults entertained on the water all weekend. Say goodbye to buying inflatable lake toys every season, as this huge floating island will never spring a leak.

 

3. The Rocky Mountain Soap Company is committed to providing natural simple ingredients in their products. A great soap to add to your cabin or cottage bathroom this summer is the Cedarwood and Fir Bar Soap [$5.95] as it brings nature in with its woodsy aromas.

 

 

4. At the Drake General Store there is a perfect match for your cabin pancakes – Amber Maple Syrup [$18.00]. Your breakfasts and brunches will never be the same.

 

5. The Solar Stud Lights [39.99] for Lakestyle Inc. are a fantastic way to light up a deck, dock, driveway, patio or outdoor stairs at the cabin or cottage. Designed with a solid cast aluminum body that is sealed to resist weather and moisture, these lights will light your lake activities long into the night.

 

6. The Canadian Flag Deluxe Armchair [$21.99] from Canadian Tire features a strong weather resistant steel frame, a Canadian flag printed on both sides and is made of durable polyester fabric with a water repellent coating to encourage water beading. With a mesh beverage holder located in the arm rest, this chair is perfect for lazy long days on the dock.

 

7. Canoe Suede Moccasins [$99.99] from Manitobah are perfect for this lazy coffee mornings at the lake. Look stylish and comfortable while supporting a great #madeinCanada company located in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

 

8. Breanne Morrow, a talented Canadian Artist has started a studio called White Feather Designs in Meaford, Ontario. With many designs and collections to choose from, there will be a jewelry piece that speaks to you. Lakestyle likes the Multi Reticulated Necklace in Mint [$95.00].

 

9. The Aqua Blue Iced Tea Pitcher [$28.00] from David’s Tea is sure to cool off all of your summer lake guests. The pitcher isn’t limited to making tea. Try using it to make our signature Lakestyle Cucumber Lemonade recipe.

 

10. The Prairie Mug [$25.00] from Flannel Foxes is a stylish way to stay toasty at the cabin this summer on those stormy days as well as those chilly mornings on the dock in the warmer months.

 

11. These Hard Working at the Lake Socks [$18.00] from Blacknot Farm® (Petersfield, MB) are perfect for kicking back at the lake. Whether you are boating, or sitting on your dock, your toes are sure to stay warm in a pair of these beauties.

 

12. Last but no least of Lakestyle’s Top 12 Summer Lake finds is a new zero maintenance dock ladder [starting at $244.00] from Lakestyle. A new dock ladder will freshen up the look of your entire dock. These ladders are compatible to any dock system and their aluminum construction means no maintenance is required.

 

What are your top summer lake finds? Share your favourites in the comments section!

Lakestyle is a company founded on a desire to help people fulfill their lake lifestyle dreams. By utilizing easy to maintain dock systems and accessories, people are to spend less time working and more time having fun! Check us out at www.lakestyle.ca. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @LakestyleCA!

 

 

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3 Ways to Enjoy Your Dock More This Summer

February 19, 2019

What’s one of the best things about owning a lakefront property? Inviting guests to come hang out on your dock!

Your dock becomes centre stage when entertaining guests! It’s the launching pad for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing and boating. It is a fantastic place to lounge in the sun, read, and relax. It’s a great place to watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee or the sunset with a cocktail.

Here are three ways to help you enjoy all the activities on your dock this summer!

1. Get Comfortable with Dock Seating!

Lakestyle’s Favourite Adirondack Chairs from Patio Leisure Line

Lakestyle knows that having comfortable seating arrangements on your dock for your family and guests is super important. Your dock should have a variety of seating options, to suit the multiple activities and needs that the summer season demands. Here are a couple of our favourites:

Adirondack Chairs

Patio Leisure Line has a great line of stylish Adirondack Chairs that have been a staple on Lakestyle’s dock for years. They are a family owned and operated company based out of Brantford, Ontario. They pride themselves on being a ‘green’ company as they construct all their furniture from recycled high density polyethylene. Lakestyle loves these Adirondack Chairs because they require zero maintenance (no staining or painting EVER!) and they are heavy enough not to blow off the dock during a summer thunderstorm. Patio Leisure Line Adirondack Chairs come in 10 amazing colours and are available in Costco Locations across Canada. Lakestyle has a special love for their red ones!

Cedar Dock Benches

Lakestyle’s 4 ft Cedar Bench Lakestyle has a fantastic cedar bench that can easily be installed on any brand of dock. With its wide armrests, it also doubles as a great place to set a drink or snack. The weather resistant cedar wood can be left natural or can be stained or painted to suit any style dock. Order this cedar bench on Lakestyle’s online store, with delivery available across Canada. With four feet of bench seating, you’ll be able to accommodate many dock guests comfortably without hogging much room on your dock!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Keep Lake Toys Organized on Your DockLakestyle’s Favourite Storage Options for your Dock

Since docks are often the gathering place at the lake, they can easily get cluttered with all of the various lake toys and equipment that make lake days amazing. Here are a few items that help keep your dock more organized!

Kayak/Paddleboard Brackets

Lakestyle has these handy kayak/paddle board brackets that work well to keep your dock surface clutter free! These brackets work great for canoes and large floatables as well.

Storage Options on Your Dock

Canadian Tire has a number of unique outdoor storage options to help keep smaller lake toys at bay. Here’s a unique circular model, the Circa Rattan Table Storage Box, that has 35 gallons of storage. It’s storage, a table and seating, combined into one good looking dock solution.

Dock Bumpers

Lakestyle also has a number of different bumpers for your dock, to help keep your kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, paddle boats and motor boat’s saddle from bumping into your dock. Check out all the styles, sizes and colours of bumpers, you’re sure to find the right dock bumper for your lake needs.

 

3. Dock Accessories: It’s all in the DetailsLakestyle’s Dock Ladders for Dock Safety

Docks are the perfect balance of form and function. Docks should look great but you will want them to work well too! Here are a few dock accessories to think about that can elevate your experience for your family and guests.

Dock Ladders

Having safe access to the water is essential for a dock. If you can’t get in and out of the water easily, it can be annoying, but also a safety hazard. Make sure to have at least one dock ladder, preferably two, so your family and guests have easy and safe access to and from the water. Lakestyle has a great selection of ladders that are compatible with any brand and style of dock.

Dock LightingLakestyle’s Solar Stud LED Dock Lights

Sunrises and sunsets are great moments to enjoy on your dock. Some of our favourite lake memories involve a hot cup of coffee watching the sun come up over the lake, or enjoying a cocktail as the sun sets over the water. At dusk and dawn, a little mood lighting is a nice addition to your dock. Lakestyle has these great solar stud LED dock lighting that can gently illuminate your dock, deck or walkway.

 

About Lakestyle

Lakestyle is a company founded on a desire to help people fulfill their lake lifestyle dreams. By utilizing  easy to maintain dock systems and accessories, people are able to spend less time working and more time having fun! Check us out at www.lakestyle.ca, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @LakestyleCA!

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Cabin or Cottage – How Do you Describe Your Lake House?

July 12, 2018
Lake Life: Cabin or Cottage
Cabin or Cottage - How Do you Describe Your Lake House?

Nearly a month since the summer solstice, we are well into lake season. Everything is green, the flowers are in full bloom, the smell of rain from a fresh thunderstorm is in the air.  

As we prepare for another weekend dash to serenity, it got us thinking. How is it that some people call their place a cabin, others a cottage and for that matter, all of the other terminology we Canadians love to use to describe our getaway destination? Somehow this collective understanding of the carefree escape has a curious ability to take on so many different terms. The cabin, the cottage, the chalet, the shack, the summer house, the lake house, or simply the lake, are all terms we’ve heard to describe our escapes from the daily grind.  

Going to the Lake

Lakestyle would say that while visiting Ontario’s cottage country, it was obvious that no one uses the term cabin.  While in Alberta or Saskatchewan, the vast majority do. Others certainly understand what you are referring to when you say cabin or cottage, and perhaps this is why we use “the lake” as a way to generically (so ironically Canadian) describe our lake properties without leaning one way or another.

Others may understand what you are referring to but that doesn’t mean they want to hear it. Certainly one could be poked fun at if the “wrong” term is used. “Oh, you are going to the cottage? Is that some fancy term you use to describe your castle in the woods?”  Is it like we pass judgment or somehow try to elevate or diminish our situation based on the use of these various terminology choices?

Cabin or cottage, are these words linked to history or does it involve regional dialect?  Perhaps the term cabin has stuck around as a way to describe a shack built in the woods by those who first inhabited remote territory. Whereas those in more established parts of the country settled on the term cottage, using a term well known to them from their cultural upbringing or the countries they themselves or their families originated from.

Cottage Life or Cabin Life?

Or maybe the difference between the terms cabin and cottage help describe the type of experience one might have when visiting. Going to the cabin may evoke a more rustic feel, where the typical services and amenities are lacking, the use of a water well versus connections to water treatment plants, or the need to chop wood to heat the place versus a forced air furnace, or simply put, “roughin’ it.”  Going to a cottage could then mean “less rustic”, essentially a house with all of the conveniences we normally enjoy in our urban lifestyle such as flushable toilets, showers, or forced air heating.

Is it the environment in which the dwelling sits? What comes to mind when you say cabin or cottage? Maybe when you think of the term cabin, you might picture a log home or a place patched together with scraps of wood, buried away in a grove of trees, with streams running through the property, squirrels chasing each other and moss growing on everything. When you think of the term cottage, you might envision an expansive abode, meticulously put together with the finest materials available, boat houses attached with suites above for when the guests arrive. The lawn may be perfectly manicured and every plant has been well taken care of. Perhaps there is an elevator to take you from the shore to your turret on top of a rocky cliff or a helicopter pad ready to whisk you back and forth from paradise. Is a cabin a more rustic, cozy space that evokes a sense of simple and unfussy character?  Is a cottage more luxurious, grandiose and able to entertain many guests with discernable tastes?

Loving Your Lake Life

Whatever you call your abode, we all have come to appreciate the fun and joy of spending time there, doing the things we love, whether it is boating, jumping off the dock, relaxing with a good book, reconnecting with friends and family or simply just being at peace. In the end, does it really matter? Cabin or cottage?  What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Lakestyle is a company founded on a desire to help people fulfill their lake lifestyle dreams. By utilizing easy to maintain dock systems and accessories, people are able to spend less time working and more time having fun!  Check us out at www.lakestyle.ca, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @LakestyleCA!

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