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Old 12-17-2016, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Have you ever visited and spent much time in those isolated places? Do you know much about them? About the industries there, about the power sources and the additional shipping costs for getting vital supplies and diesel shipped in, or about the demographics and lifestyles of the special society there?

Most especially do you know the real facts about the climates of those places? Believe me, there is nothing relatively mild about them and by comparison with what you are used to (and dislike so much) in Vancouver their climates are HARSH for 6 months of the year and always very windy and cool year round.

There are important reasons for why real estate is low in those locations. I think you would hate those places to retire to. They are beautiful places to visit in the height of summer but it takes a special breed of self-sufficient and courageous tough nut to live there year round in that cold north Pacific climate and to fit in and be accepted by the society there.

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Yup. I have two friends from beautiful Haida Gwaii, and the both say they would never live there again. Visit, absolutely.
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Old 12-17-2016, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Very good post.

On Vancouver Island I wouldn't live north of Campbell River,
Courtenay-Comox area is good too.
Parksville !!
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Old 12-17-2016, 05:36 PM
 
Location: In transition
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Yup. I have two friends from beautiful Haida Gwaii, and the both say they would never live there again. Visit, absolutely.
Now that I think about it... I know of someone from my workplace who moved to Haida Gwaii and loves it. Doesn't want to come back to the city to live. She is not a friend but I remember talking to her about it when she visited some months ago with another colleague.
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Old 12-17-2016, 08:06 PM
 
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Now that I think about it... I know of someone from my workplace who moved to Haida Gwaii and loves it. Doesn't want to come back to the city to live. She is not a friend but I remember talking to her about it when she visited some months ago with another colleague.

There are people that absolutely LOVE to live in remote places in Alaska and I met few of them...still is not the vast majority of people cup of tea.....I think nothing is better than actually trying to spend some time first in a place you may consider to move to.
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Old 12-17-2016, 10:15 PM
 
Location: In transition
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There are people that absolutely LOVE to live in remote places in Alaska and I met few of them...still is not the vast majority of people cup of tea.....I think nothing is better than actually trying to spend some time first in a place you may consider to move to.
Definitely good advice. I am actually hoping to retire outside of Canada but if that is not possible, then I would spend some time in various places before making a decision. One of the most important things is cost of living which include real estate of course
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Old 12-18-2016, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I know people here who have indoor swimming pools and their houses are not in the million dollar range. However, I sometimes browse through house listings and was surprised to find a couple of million dollar homes in neighbouring rural communities that were 1,000,000 plus. The decor was not at all to my taste. I thought they were appalling. Half million dollars homes aren't unusual here.

I'm surprised at how cheap houses are on the east coast. I wonder if farm land is also cheap?
Yeah ... I want in tot he in-door swimming pool home club . People keep on asking me what I want for Christmas ... I should be asking for a bunch of shovels !

When I was in the East Coast for short time yes homes were cheap... but most other things were comparable and being made horrible wages. For my profession it was so bad that I was actually making more in Toronto doing a lower level position then the people going the professional job were doing. So literally as soon as I complete my placement to qualify to write my licensing exam I was on a flight back Toronto 4 hours later. I honestly was pretty horrified about what most people live on out there. Crazy!!! If was meeting families for 4-5 and both parents worked at a fast food type job (ex minimum wage). These people would not afford a house and renting was cheaper then in Toronto .. but not cheap enough to explain why people earned so much less. In short I sort of figured that they just learn to get by with less ex no vacations, less shopping and less luxury in general. Regardless, I enjoyed by experience, but was more then happen to get out of there and make double the income as the people that trained me.
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Old 12-18-2016, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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It is cheaper to buy acres in the country side and build your own off the grid home.

I would really like to do something like this but my wife would never go for it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8Pe_u_4q5M
This is true... but you have to be willing to live in isolation. I would go completely insane. This would also be my husband's dream come true as he loves the country and would love to operate his own farm.
This is the type of business and lifestyle his he is use to as he was raised in this type of situation. It is crazy hard for someone who is use to city living to get use to this situation.

I have a person I worked with you work in north Toronto, but owns a pretty big farm with horses and other farm stuff outside the city (ex a hour north east of the city)... it seems like a crazy amount of work. No one is maintaining that land for you.
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Old 12-18-2016, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Canada
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This is true... but you have to be willing to live in isolation. I would go completely insane. This would also be my husband's dream come true as he loves the country and would love to operate his own farm.
This is the type of business and lifestyle his he is use to as he was raised in this type of situation. It is crazy hard for someone who is use to city living to get use to this situation.

I have a person I worked with you work in north Toronto, but owns a pretty big farm with horses and other farm stuff outside the city (ex a hour north east of the city)... it seems like a crazy amount of work. No one is maintaining that land for you.
Yes, it is a lot of hard work, but I was really considering going "back to the land" a few years ago. Maybe not in a place quite as isolated as the video I posted and I would never do it here in Manitoba, it is way too cold. I would have liked to move back to Nova Scotia and buy some land there. Anyone from the city considering taking up farming and needs some inspiration, I highly recommend this book.


The good life by Helen and Scott Nearing.
https://www.amazon.ca/Good-Lihttps:/...+helen+nearing
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Old 12-18-2016, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Yes, it is a lot of hard work, but I was really considering going "back to the land" a few years ago. Maybe not in a place quite as isolated as the video I posted and I would never do it here in Manitoba, it is way too cold. I would have liked to move back to Nova Scotia and buy some land there. Anyone from the city considering taking up farming and needs some inspiration, I highly recommend this book.


The good life by Helen and Scott Nearing.
https://www.amazon.ca/Good-Lihttps:/...+helen+nearing
In have always been a horror movie fan and since most horror movies I watch usually involves isolated areas .....this whole situation freaks me out. I think you really need to have your head together or be born in to this lifestyle to get it. I could totally see myself going nuts like in the Shinning).

I don't get cell phone receptionfor a few seconds in the city ...I am freaking out. I recall going to my husbands fathers farm ( it is in the middle of nowhere ex only farms after farms ....dirty roads). The family does not live there, they live in a city an hour or so alway. All I could see in any direction was crops and a few barns with chickens ( 1000s of them) and other animals. All I remember feeling was terror. I have never clung on to my husband so hard. All I could think was if something happend I was toast. No where to get help. As beautiful as the landscape was I was totally happy to get the hell out of there.

I can't understand why anyone would want to put themselves in that situation. If I can't get a 30 minutes or its free delivery guarantee..... how long would it take for the police or and an ambulance to get there? SCARY.
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