The pandemic has shifted how we view the world of work. This pivot has made full-time living – and working – outside the city a more viable for Canadians than ever before.

While it’s easy to romanticize rural living, so you should make this type of life transition with eyes wide open. For an increasing number of active adults, the preferred option is a lifestyle community versus a stand-alone, isolated country retreat. Why? A lifestyle community offers the core benefits of rural life – natural green space, slower pace, outdoor activities – without sacrificing the conveniences of city life.

Opponents to rural life are quick to warn you of urban “necessities” you’ll miss. Truth is, choosing wisely can eliminate many, if not all, of these so-called deficiencies while delivering a vastly superior quality of life:

Internet Speeds – One of the biggest challenges of rural areas is internet speeds. Smart community planners have this covered, most offering high-speed fibre optic service. Check the National Broadband Internet Service Availability map for details. 

• Isolation – Seeking a slower pace of life is at the core of escaping the city. However, the pandemic has proven that getting together is essential to good health, both physical and mental. A neighbourhood community provides what an isolated rural property cannot – a community. Social living is healthy living.

Healthcare – There’s a shortage of doctors, dentists, chiropractors, optometrists, physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals in some smaller communities. Community builders ensure that an established hospital and strong healthcare infrastructure is close by.

Wildlife – Animals are cute until they chew a hole in a kitchen screen or constantly spill your garbage. Lifestyle communities offer wide, spacious lots within a Master Plan that provides enough density to deter unwanted or unsafe critters. Newer communities have met rigid conditions to ensure animals can continue to prosper in their natural habitat. This is also the best setting from which to observe them.

Utilities – Garbage. Snow removal. Fire protection.Due to the number of dwellings in a planned community, necessities such as paved roads and the inclusion of town services are a top priority.

• Tourists – They’re the economic lifeblood of many small towns, but how much is too much? A community needs space, so by design they are located a perfect distance from town centres. Close enough to enjoy seasonal activities, yet removed enough to provide a relaxing quiet life.