Exploring Great Places to Live in Ontario

Posted Friday, February 25th, 2022 | 1,502 views

Hamilton Skyway to Haldimand CountyThinking about moving away from big cities like Hamilton, London, Kitchener and the GTA? Check out new house developments in Ontario that are still close by.

So because you work in a big city, and even though you long for a change of scenery, you’re probably reluctant to explore commuting from smaller cities and towns.

But that can change if you balance out the pros and the cons of living in one of these new-build communities, and that can start by exploring some of the things that make these cities great.  

Delhi Ontario

Delhi is a growing community that’s situated at the intersection of Highway 59 and Highway 3 in Norfolk County.

Like Jarvis, Delhi is minutes away from The Grand River and Lake Erie with easy access to major amenities and larger city centres.

Delhi is a great place to raise a family and also benefit from relaxed, rural living with local perks like boating, close access to sandy beaches, and even its own museum and heritage centre.

Aside from all the amazing parks, trails and beaches that surround Delhi, families can visit interesting landmarks like the Delhi Canning Company, the Robert Quance Lumber Mills, the Grand Trunk Railway Station, and the famous ‘Cedars’ which is known for its exuberant and asymmetrical shapes and decorative details.

Delhi is less than 30 minutes away driving from major city centres like Brantford, Niagara, London, Aylmer, Waterford and Hagersville.

If you work close to or in those cities, commuting from Delhi will be no problem for most. If you’re looking for a new part of Ontario to buy a home, it’s worth exploring Delhi Ontario!

Jarvis Ontario

Jarvis is the community to explore if you’re looking to live in a quiet and tightly-knit community that’s growing and close to all the important amenities.

What was once only a small village in Haldimand County with a population less than 50, Jarvis’ population has grown to over 2500 with a 2.6% annual population change (as of the 2016 consensus).

Jarvis is still growing and for a rather small community, there’s still tons to do and explore in the community.

It boasts its own restaurants, parks, trails, businesses, a school, sports facilities, churches, and many other important amenities.

Jarvis is surrounded by many lakes and is within close proximity to The Grand River and Lake Erie.

There’s no better way to explore the wonders of Jarvis than to gather your family for a day trip to the little town of wonders. We believe you’ll like what you see in Jarvis.

Waterford Ontario

Waterford Ontario is one of the rising star communities in Norfolk County. It’s a small community of just over 3km2 and surrounded lush forests and a thriving community. 

Some of the great and noble places Waterford has to offer are:

  • Visit the Waterford Antique Market
  • Visit the Old Town Hall
  • Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery
  • Take a Hike on the Waterford Heritage Trail
  • Tour the Waterford Heritage & Agricultural Museum
  • Shop at Waterford’s Old Country Store
  • Learn to Paint at Uncorked Art Parties
  • Visit the Waterford North Conservation Area

Even though Waterford a nice and quiet town it can be quite lively on the weekends, during holidays and all throughout the each seasons of the year. The best part about Waterford is that it’s minutes away from major cities like Brantford, Simcoe, Hagersville and Delhi. 

If you’re looking for a new place in Ontario to call home, check out why it’s worth exploring Waterford Ontario is a great and fulfilling option especially for new and growing families. 

Simcoe Ontario

What’s so great about Simcoe Ontario? Take a drive and find out! Simcoe is one of the most popular towns in Southwestern Ontario and for good reason.

With a population of approximately 549,000 in 2021, and an annual population growth rate of over 2%, Simcoe is definitely an area of Ontario to consider buying a new home if you’re in the market.

Simcoe isn’t just a small town. It has a full town council, its own waste management facility and recycling services, children and community services, social services and a full energy committee.

Simcoe has more than enough to offer the family that desires a mixture of rural living within a small town setting.

Not only does Simcoe offer all the local amenities required for a family, it has a lot of fun things to do with the family too.

Its close to many popular parks and trails; its close to several Conservation areas; there’s an art centre, a movie theatre, golf courses, a decent number of restaurants and surprisingly a decent nightlife. You can view all the attractions in Simcoe here.

Simcoe is just minutes away from the beaches of Lake Erie and easily accessible by major highways like the QEW, Highway 6, Highway 24 and an array of smaller roads that make it quite easy to access.

Burlington Ontario

Burlington is regularly declared one of the best cities to live in in Canada, and a very lucrative place to buy a new home—although it is quite expensive.

Real estate prices are still climbing all over Canada, and many people are flocking to Burlington because of what the city has to offer.

In Burlington you can enjoy the many parks, nature trails, restaurants, festivals, community centres, and a whole lot more to do with the whole family—all wrapped in a suburban-living lifestyle.

It boasts having the most entertainment venues per capita than any other city in North America, and it’s close to all the big major cities. Those working in the bigger surrounding cities like Hamilton or Toronto, will have no problem jumping on the highway and getting home just in time for supper.

Take a day trip to Burlington Ontario to really see what the city has to offer.

Milton Ontario

If you’re interested in a really fast growing community, you’ll want to check out Milton Ontario. It’s a thriving town that borders Burlington, Mississauga and Oakville, and is close to Guelph, Cambridge, Brantford and Hamilton.

It’s situated on top of the Niagara Escarpment just North of Dundas St. (Highway 5) in the Region of Halton and covers an area full of forests, trails, recreation parks, mountains and plenty of rivers.

Milton has a population of over 145,000 with a 4.3% annual population growth. It boasts an array of entertainment establishments, restaurants, sports centres, schools, libraries, Go Train stations, a theatre and every necessary amenity.

Milton has annual fun-filled events for the whole family too!

  • Annual Milton Steam-Era even by the Ontario Steam & Antique Preservers Association.
  • Annual Milton Fall Fair (Agricultural Show, Demolition Derby).
  • Annual Culture Days event by Arts Milton at the FirstOntario Arts Centre.
  • The summer farmers’ market event in downtown Milton from May to October.
  • The annual Downtown Milton Street Festival in June (live entertainment, vendors)
  • The yearly Miracle on Main Street toy drive with the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundations.

Milton is a convenient suburb-town situated close to other major cities and towns that are close by, while offering a small town vibe in a quiet setting.

Grimsby Ontario

Grimsby Ontario is a small and quiet but growing town just east of Hamilton/Stoney Creek, and is surrounded by lush forests that span approximately 69 square kilometres of land.

It has a history that goes back to the late 1700s and has grown to a population of just over 27,000 people with an annual growth rate of almost 8%.

Grimsby is literally seconds away from the sandy beaches of Lake Ontario, it has an art gallery, fitness/sports centres, a museum, a library, an airport—popular trails, forests, waterfalls and parks—and conveniently located close to the famous Bruce Trail.

Grimsby is home to hundreds of small and large businesses and has every amenity that a family would need without having to travel out of town.

If you’re looking for a new place to buy a home, Grimsby is definitely worth checking out. Grimsby has virtually everything a family needs to enjoy life to the fullest, all within a quietly nestled town you’d be proud to call home.

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