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    Default Best place in Ontario where a young family can live and enjoy the outdoors

    Must have great hunting and amenities (hospitals etc...) curious to here fellow members suggestions...............

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    For raising a young family,I'm partial to my home town,Peterborough,hands down. It has it all,great schools,lots of youth programs,new medical facilities,recreation and TONS of organized sports. Real Estate prices and values are excellent,too.

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    How's the hunting in Peterborough?

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    Im sure there is lots of places that a young family could live but you have to throw work in the picture, this changes everything unless your sitting on lots of money. How far do you want to drive to work these are questions you need to know
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    Quote Originally Posted by FAMABRAV View Post
    How's the hunting in Peterborough?
    First of all,it's a waterfowlers mecca. Pick a lake or river,there's literally hundreds to choose from. There's lots of Crown land within 45 minutes to the north and east of the city. Farmers are always looking for varmint/predator hunters,although,there's been an influx of big city folks who hunt their own property over the last few years and you sure can't blame them for that. Fishing is very good,too. .

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    I'm kinda partial to my neck of the woods, which is Sault Ste. Marie and area. Easy to find places to hunt. Fishing literally on your doorstep! Camping, canoeing, etc, all close without the southern Ontario crowds breathing down your neck. If you and the family can forgo the rat race and quagmire that is called Southern Ontario, this would be the place to raise a family IMO.
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    I was having this discussion with a Buddy the other night. He's having a hard time making ends meat. His only saving grace is that he lives rural and the cost of living is cheaper. He only has a 10 minute drive to work, his kids will be going to school about 10 minutes away and the town has all the amenities. The sacrifice is the job doesn't pay as much as it would if he was working in the big city. Almost a $5/hr difference.

    But as we discussed it, it was clear that the $5 extra would get eaten up pretty quick when you have to drive 45 minutes, pay for parking etc. My wife used to work in the city and it was 130Km round trip commute that cost her 2 hrs a day in time and well over a tank of gas a week plus $12 a day in parking.

    Personally I'd rather mix paint at the local hardware store for a little less income, than sit in a cubicle in an office tower in the city. At the end of the month you will have pretty much the same disposable income in your pocket and more time with your kids. Most guys I think would prefer to be with them after school than spending that the same time commuting home from the office.


    edit add: He's finding adjusting to a single income hard as they just had their second child and his wife is going to stay home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikePal View Post
    I was having this discussion with a Buddy the other night. He's having a hard time making ends meat. His only saving grace is that he lives rural and the cost of living is cheaper. He only has a 10 minute drive to work, his kids will be going to school about 10 minutes away and the town has all the amenities. The sacrifice is the job doesn't pay as much as it would if he was working in the big city. Almost a $5/hr difference.

    But as we discussed it, it was clear that the $5 extra would get eaten up pretty quick when you have to drive 45 minutes, pay for parking etc. My wife used to work in the city and it was 130Km round trip commute that cost her 2 hrs a day in time and well over a tank of gas a week plus $12 a day in parking.

    Personally I'd rather mix paint at the local hardware store for a little less income, than sit in a cubicle in an office tower in the city. At the end of the month you will have pretty much the same disposable income in your pocket and more time with your kids. Most guys I think would prefer to be with them after school than spending that the same time commuting home from the office.


    edit add: He's finding adjusting to a single income hard as they just had their second child and his wife is going to stay home.


    That makes total sense.

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    I work from home. I'm in a position where I could move. I would love to move north but I just don't know where is a good place. I want the kids to have oppurtunity to have a good career and quality of life. I plan on visiting some of these northern towns this summer to get a feel for things. I appreciate the responses and insight..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushmoose View Post
    I'm kinda partial to my neck of the woods, which is Sault Ste. Marie and area. Easy to find places to hunt. Fishing literally on your doorstep! Camping, canoeing, etc, all close without the southern Ontario crowds breathing down your neck. If you and the family can forgo the rat race and quagmire that is called Southern Ontario, this would be the place to raise a family IMO.
    dont lump toronto and gta with all of southern ontario. outside of the gta and a few other mid sized citys is rural . no rat races or quagmires in most of southern ontario. dont be shy to look down this way

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