Wikipedia: A cottage located in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. Author: pigdump via flickr.com.
Now that summer has "unofficially" begun, we are hearing more and more about cottages. It seems that with all these beautiful lakes around us, owning or renting a cottage is a key component to summer fun.
When I hear the word cottage, I think of Hansel and Gretel or Little Red Riding Hood.
In the US, I believe the term we would use is beach house or summer home.
In Utah, people have cabins. You can probably liken a cottage to a houseboat on Lake Powell; sort of a base camp for recreational activities on the lake.
I think to truly appreciate Canadian culture, we definitely need to get in on this.