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Old 06-28-2015, 08:10 AM
 
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Hello everyone,

We (me+ wife + 01 child) are planning to move to manitoulin islands (mindemoya or gore bay) from Toronto.

How is the life and living expense over there

somebody please let us know
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Old 06-28-2015, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Are you planning on living there year round ? Are you still working, or are you retired ?

It's a lovely place, as far as scenery is concerned, BUT unless you are self employed, OR have a ongoing source of income.....It's a hard place to survive in. Jobs are VERY hard to find, and the locals have that just about sewed up. It is also somewhat isolated, especially in winter. Roads closed due to snow drifts, are a regular happening. The residents have to go "off island ' to get to a department store, usually by driving all the way to Sudbury. Depending on where you are on the island, that can be a two hour drive, one way.

Some of the things that a city dweller thinks of as normal, are not to be found up there. No movies, no professional sports teams, no arts scene, no fine dining, and for sure no night life, unless you consider country and western music in a old fashioned bar to be a cultural experience ?

To sum it up......A nice place to visit in the summer, but no place to be in the winter.

Jim B.
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Old 07-02-2015, 11:03 PM
 
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Crime and social problems is also a factor in all Northern Ontario with high Native populations.
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:29 AM
 
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Why do you plan to move to the middle of nowhere with nothing? You child will be lonely growing up.
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:40 AM
 
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Why do you plan to move to the middle of nowhere with nothing? You child will be lonely growing up.
Oh for ! Botti; why must you always compare with an urban dweller's myopia?

Canada is still a predominantly rural country after all, and guess what; those rural dwelling children have friends aplenty of the BEST kind. No harm ever came to a young person by having to walk a mile to visit and interact with a friend for an afternoon of playing outside.

Not everyone is looking for a neighbourhood where you see limited daylight between tall buildings and count among the major activities for youngsters, riding the elevator from the third floor to the fourteenth floor to spend four hours on an X-Box swilling sugar drinks.

Have you ever even been onto the Manitoulin Island?
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:48 AM
 
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It's out of the way which might be the exact thing a modern family wanting to bring up a child without the obvious detrimental urban influences is looking for. It's not the back of beyond of northern Canada by any means though.

http://www.manitoulin-island.com/


CBC.CA - Seven Wonders of Canada - Your Nominations - Manitoulin Island, Ontario

Local print news link:

The Manitoulin Expositor
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:49 AM
 
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Manitoulin is very rural, and the First Nation population is extremely high. One of my online game friends was from there but moved to Sudbury. It's a very depressing place. I grew up in the woods too, and I wouldn't wish it on the kids either. Alcoholism is a significant problem there. Living closer to Sudbury is a better alternative
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Old 07-03-2015, 10:08 AM
 
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Oh for ! Botti; why must you always compare with an urban dweller's myopia?

Canada is still a predominantly rural country after all, and guess what; those rural dwelling children have friends aplenty of the BEST kind. No harm ever came to a young person by having to walk a mile to visit and interact with a friend for an afternoon of playing outside.

Not everyone is looking for a neighbourhood where you see limited daylight between tall buildings and count among the major activities for youngsters, riding the elevator from the third floor to the fourteenth floor to spend four hours on an X-Box swilling sugar drinks.

Have you ever even been onto the Manitoulin Island?
No need to be so worked up.
I don't recommend such a remote place for many practical reasons. Even in a city like Toronto, fewer than half of the population actually live in buildings with elevators, so stop being so dramatic.

Your links are more for tourists. Maybe you should provide something such as great schools, hospitals, grocery stores, movie theatres, restaurants or other places a family actually need on a regular basis.

Speaking of "playing outside", what about the remaining 6 months of the year a kid can't do that? What will he do?
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Old 07-03-2015, 10:35 AM
 
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Speaking of "playing outside", what about the remaining 6 months of the year a kid can't do that? What will he do?
We played outside the remaining 6 months of the year.
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Old 07-03-2015, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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IN my first post in this thread, I pointed out that unless the OP is either self employed in a trade that is in demand in that part of the Province, or he has an unlimited private income, The Island is not a good idea.

Jim B.
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