The family cottage: Whether you own one or have spent summers at one, you know it’s far more than a welcome refuge from the daily grind.

It’s also a storehouse of priceless memories and milestones – particularly if it’s been in your family for generations. Maybe it’s the place you (or your kids) learned to swim. Or where you saw your first bear. Or perhaps your cottage memories recall rainy nights playing board games by the light of a kerosene lantern. Or sunny days spent fishing with aunts, uncles, cousins, parents and grandparents.

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