Cottage Daze


The comfort food of cottage life books — satisfying, unforgettable, and inevitably nostalgic.

Cottage Daze celebrates life at the cottage where the cottage is the main character, and family, friends, pets, and fellow cottagers are the supporting cast. Whether writing about cottage routine ("First Ski," "Of Mice and Men," "Cottage Guests"), cottage tasks ("Splitting Wood," "Boat Launch"), nature ("A Gathering of Loons," "The Sting," "Autumn Spell"), cottage fun ("The Cottage Duel"), or cottage touchstones ("Start the Day," "Bonfire," "The Perfect Storm"), the stories are told with humour, compassion, insight, and nostalgia.

Who doesn’t remember sitting in a frigid lake, trying to help a youngster get up on water skis for the first time, launching a boat while the whole world seems to be watching, or getting caught up in a nest of wasps? This collection of stories, elegantly organized into four seasons (spring, summer, autumn, and winter), will make readers laugh, cry, and long to be at the cottage a "must have" for every cottage bookshelf.


The thread runs chronologically, from opening the camp to closing it and everything in between tells staple stories that transcend the cottage culture across Canada and through generations.

Lakes of the Woods (May, 2012)

Filled with amusing anecdotes of previous summer shenanigans, Cottage Daze explores the feeling that a cottage adds to a relaxing, enjoyable summer.

The Echo Haliburton County (May, 2012)

James Ross takes us deep inside the Canadian cottage experience, savouring its endless wonders, laughing at the frustrations. You'll hear the loons, marvel at the golden sunsets, and smell the firewood.You are at the cottage.

In 160 pages this engaging journalist chronicles episodes at his Muskoka cottage. Ross’s Muskoka island cottage is a place where he enjoys adventures and misadventures in all seasons. His robust sense of humour and adventure are nicely balanced with insight about nature and the human condition.

Muskoka Magazine (August, 2012)

About the Author

James Ross

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

James Ross

James Ross has a degree in journalism and has worked as a newspaper reporter, cowboy, mountain guide, museum curator, dogsledder, movie stuntman, animal trainer, photo double, and freelance writer. He enjoys misadventures at his Muskoka island cottage in Bracebridge, Ontario.