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The Cottage as Intergenerational Practice: Narratives of Family Life in Second Homes in Central Ontario

Nik Luka

This article examines multiple residency and hypermobility in the Toronto metropolitan region as it is made manifest in the large-scale use of second homes across the central part of Ontario. How do these well-known ‘cottages’ enable households, particularly those with young children and teenagers, to situate themselves in time and space? Drawing on a detailed study of patterns, uses, meanings, and residential meanings associated with the ‘cottage’ setting, the article presents results of in-depth interviews (n=71) and an online questionnaire (n=200) to provide insight into the context-specific links among settlement patterns, mobility, and sociability.