The end of school means the start of cottage life for many Canadian city dwellers who need to get away from the hustle and bustle of crowded city streets and busy weekday schedules. Summer up north starts in May but really gets into full swing once the kids are out of school and it's warm enough to be in bathing suits from sunrise to bedtime. The decor of summer homes is more relaxed and comfortable but has to be hardworking enough to take the beatings from wet clothes, sand, and slushy drinks (or purple popsicles). Lots of slipcovers, durable fabrics, bare hardwood or tiled floors, and cozy spots to relax with a good book. Here are a few summer spaces I would love to spend some time in.