The slower pace of life and the chance to enjoy the outdoors each day are just a couple of reasons why many settle in one of the small rural towns in the Canadian countryside. We take a look at some of the most attractive rural destinations.

Whether you are retiring, or just after a change of scenery, you could join the thousands of families that flock to the Canadian country to enjoy a less hectic way of life. With modern technology and a strong Canadian infrastructure to rely on you could find you are able to keep in touch with loved ones, travel, and even work (via telecommuting) as if you were living in a busy city, whilst benefiting from being close to the great Canadian outdoors, the fresh air and a safe environment for your family.

With modern technology and a strong Canadian infrastructure to rely on you could find you are able to keep in touch with loved ones, travel, and even work (via telecommuting) as if you were living in a busy city

Canada is of course a very large country so it could be daunting to think about where exactly you should start looking. Don’t worry, read on for our recommendations for the top three rural destinations in Canada.

Shuswap Lake, British Columbia

Ideal for those that want to live by the water, the Shuswap Lake region has over 600 miles of shoreline. Summers in the Shuswap are very warm and it’s no surprise that it is a popular tourist attraction. It even has Canada’s largest fleet of houseboats, which can be rented for a weekend or longer. The average price of a single family home in the region is just over $350,000 (£202,000) – great value when compared to the national average of $470,000 (£271,500) if you consider all the benefits this recreationally focused area has to offer – as well as the employment opportunities that come from the strong tourism industry.

 

The Shuswap Lake region, BC, is an ideal country location for those who enjoy an active lifestyle and being close to the water

 

Blyth, Ontario

Located a couple of hours west of Toronto, Blyth is a small yet beautiful village that is popular with families. There is a unique feel to this quaint village, thanks to the local art and gift shops, charming cafes, and even a theatre. Blyth is definitely a good option if you wanted to spend less on a home – the average price in this region for a single family home is just $230,000 CAD (£133,000).

Blyth is definitely a good option if you wanted to spend less on a home

Another strong selling point for Blyth is its location – close to the impressive Lake Huron (one of North America’s five great lakes) and it is also well situated for the border if you fancied a trip down to the US.

Bonnyville, Alberta

Although Bonnyville in itself is a small country town, with a population of around 7,000, the area is somewhat of a hub for the Alberta oil and gas industry – some 60 companies have head offices within the town. As such Bonnyville has the benefit of providing a country lifestyle, but with really good employment opportunities. Bonnyville also benefits from many parks, recreational opportunities, and is situated on Jessie Lake – a natural wetland offering great fishing and bird-watching opportunities. With all Bonnyville has to offer it is not surprising that it is a more costly country town, the average cost of a single family home is around $465,000 CAD (£269,000) – very close to the overall Canadian average.

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