Port 32 Bobcaygeon – A Transitioned Life



Port 32 Bobcaygeon

The Shore Spa and Marina – Port 32 Bobcaygeon

A Transitioned Life – Moving to Port 32 Bobcaygeon

Volume 1

Introductions, first.  My name is Barbie and I grew up in small-town Ontario.  My husband was born and raised in Montreal.  We are now permanent, year-round residents of Port 32, in Bobcaygeon, Ontario, in The Kawartha Lakes.  We spent the majority of adult life in Toronto.  We raised our family, practised our professional days in the busy, crowded, and the ever-sprawling bedlam of one of the largest cities in North America.  Retire and move to the country?  Yes!  A dream can come true!


Today, we live the dream, as everyday life.Rarely, anything good happens easily or quickly, but this move was painless and swift. The stages of life, exploring our options and following them up with research online and in person,  planted seeds that grew into dreams.  Today, we live the dream, as everyday life.


Ironically, this journey began unknowingly, back in the 1960’s, when I was a child.  My parents took annual summer holidays that took in Prince Edward County, The Thousand Islands, and eventually, to their favourite locale, Bobcaygeon.  I hadn’t given the area much thought for decades.  As adults, my husband and I didn’t own a summer home or watercraft.  We were always drawn to the water and life in a smaller, less chaotic environment.  But, the epiphany came about five years ago.  A dear friend retired, sold her home in The Beaches area of Toronto and bought herself a lovely bungalow, just steps from a lake in The Kawarthas.  We visited her often, for growing stretches of time.  We were enchanted!  We would come to dread going back to the city.  At that point, we both knew that when the time was right, we would make the same move that she had.


Five years ago, my husband retired from his practise.   I had already stopped working for some time.  Our lives in the city were becoming ever increasingly aggravated by the terrible traffic, noise of sirens day and night and crowds, everywhere.  An accident and two subsequent surgeries with following immobility for five months clinched the deal…..  We decided to sell the too large home for two people, with too many stairs.


As you probably are well aware, selling a house in Toronto is almost instantaneous!  Two days later, we were looking forward to a closing in four weeks.


A girlfriend who has spent decades living in Bobcaygeon, recommended we have a look at Victoria Place and Port 32.  One trip and eleven property tours later, we owned a home in Port 32!   Efficient work by our local agent in the city and Brad Nelson and Kelli Lovell, here in Bobcaygeon, made the dream of living in the most perfect location into reality.  We have been here going on two years in November of 2016.  Not for one moment of one day have we ever regretted the decision we made.  Life in The Kawarthas has exceeded every expectation.


In my next volume, I will go into some detail of living in this idyllic, well-planned community and give you some insight into life here, in the four seasons.  The bungalows are spacious, elegant and landscaped with no detail spared.  The neighbourhood is friendly, and gorgeous.  Water is a few steps from every home.  We have a club house with numerous year-round activities and close proximity to shopping, recreation, and services.  All we are missing is the aggravation, LOL!  😊

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10 thoughts on “Port 32 Bobcaygeon – A Transitioned Life

  1. John Ross says:

    Thanks for sharing Barbie – I look forward to future articles.

  2. Justin W. says:

    Congratulations on making the move – You will not regret it. 🙂

  3. Barbie says:

    Thank you, John and Justin! Your kindness is much appreciated.

  4. Debbie S says:

    Great article! We also live in Port 32, moving here almost 9 years ago. I don’t think we’ve had the pleasure of meeting yet Barbie but I’m sure we will soon at one of the many activities or events. Enjoy every day!

  5. Barbara Derrick says:

    Thanks so much, Debbie! I appreciate your comments and would love to meet you! Feeling so fortunate to have moved here and to be able to live in such natural beauty.

  6. Barb says:

    Great article my dear. I look forward to the next one. Lunch soon?

  7. Barbara Derrick says:

    Thank you, Barb! It would be my pleasure to have lunch and we must do that soon. Next week one day?

  8. Nisha says:

    Enjoyed reading your article Barbie.

  9. Danielle Linnane says:

    Really enjoyed your article, Barbie. I have spent almost every summer in Bobcaygeon since I was a young child. We now own a home on Riverside Drive and spend our weekends there throughout the year, whenever we can. It is truly heaven on earth! You truly will not regret it.

  10. Barbara Derrick says:

    Thank you, Nisha and Danielle!
    My best wishes to both of you for a glorious summer season.

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