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Old 02-02-2013, 11:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The past few days I have spent a lot of time trying to find someplace to move my family in the next few years. I was wondering if anyone here had any suggestions. Within Ontario would be ideal, but willing to move outside it. Also, would like to stay within Canada.

Here's what I am looking for:

- Less population
- Within an hour to a city
- Lots of forest and greenspace
- Trails and such
- Cheaper property (I want acreage)
- Cheaper cost of living (as opposed to living in a city like Toronto where everything is expensive and small houses cost a fortune)
- Cleaner (crystal clear lakes and fresh air sort of clean)

Any suggestions?
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Would you consider British Columbia? Mountains, ocean, lakes, fresh air, nice people, I live in B.C. In the metro Vancouver area but am moving to Vancouver island which is a paradise, acreage is reasonable and close to Vancouver just a ferry ride away


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Would you consider British Columbia? Mountains, ocean, lakes, fresh air, nice people, I live in B.C. In the metro Vancouver area but am moving to Vancouver island which is a paradise, acreage is reasonable and close to Vancouver just a ferry ride away


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My only concern is cost... I've heard living in B.C is extremely expensive. I have always thought B.C was beautiful.
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I would second BC, maybe Kamloops or Kelowna?
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I would second BC, maybe Kamloops or Kelowna?
Is it cheaper than Victoria/Vancouver?
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Is it cheaper than Victoria/Vancouver?
Both are cheaper than Vancouver, but Kelowna only is only slightly so. Kamloops is quite a bit cheaper than both. I don't know how accurate the claim is from this link, but the cost of housing is much cheaper in Kamloops.

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Old 02-02-2013, 04:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Your requirements sound like Calgary and the surrounding area other than the cheaper than Toronto part. Not as expensive as Vancouver/Victoria, but not as cheap as Saskatchewan.
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Nanaimo, Comox, Parksvile, all pretty affordable, depending on what you want, little to no snow except on the mountain, less rain than in Vancouver, that's right less rain, older house 5 acres near Parksville less than $400,000, that's why we are moving there and of course fresh air can not beat the air off the ocean, Kelowna is too expensive and Kamloops is not a very nice place and both their air qualities go down in the summer and in the winter too because of the wood burning stoves because it gets cold there, my daughter has asthma that is one of the other reasons we are leaving the Fraser valley, and you can live pretty cheap on the island too, just do lots of research that's what I do and there are no coyotes on the island which for me is a big thing as I have lost 3 cats to the things


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The maritimes are beautiful, clean air, friendly people, lots and lots of trees, everything is green, lots of land close to the cities, cheap living costs. I've never been out west but I love, love, love the maritimes. Driving there from Ontario is like entering a different country - the last hour or so of Quebec the air gets cleaner and everything gets greener and the ground is not so flat.
I live in Kingston, which is about halfway between Toronto and Ottawa. There are a lot of smaller towns within easy driving distance to the city, a lot of lakes and rivers, lots of land, trails and things to do outdoors. Living costs are decent. You can get a nice place a little ways out of town for 200 thousand or so. And it is handy to be fairly close to Toronto (2.5 -3 hours), Ottawa (1.5 - 2 hours) and the states (less than an hour). Not as clean and pretty as the maritimes though.
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What about outside Ottawa or Kingston? Not sure how those COL compare to Toronto as I've only visited and never looked into housing other than knowing rough housing costs directly in the Thousand Islands area.

Also south of Montreal? It's not an area I've specifically visited, but it seems very convienient in regards to proximity to a major city in Canada, as well as a large city in the US (Albany). You are also soooo close to so much in regards to outdoor activites with Mont Tremblant being on the other side of Montreal and the entire Adirondack State Park right on the other side of the US-Canada border.
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