Escaping the Rat Race0
Escaping the Rat Race?
Looking back six years ago, on the cusp of retirement, I wish I had known what I do now. My husband and I spent several years in limbo, in a big home we didn’t need, in a city we no longer wanted to or needed to stay in. We explored all over Ontario. First, we checked out smaller communities on the GTA, and then, in the hinterland. Lots of options, but still, too urban for our hearts’ beckoning.
We began to think outside of the box. A friend’s move to The Kawartha Lakes region upon her retirement put some fresh ideas in our confused minds. However, a few drives through the countryside solidified the idea that this was an area we could consider seriously and that could offer us everything we were hoping for. It turned out to be not only gorgeous and green, but still affordable, especially on a retirement budget.
Researching this move was truly pleasurable. Checking out the towns, villages, lakes and rivers, we knew would find what we needed. Childhood memories of vacations on Pigeon Lake, and a close friend living in Bobcaygeon focused our attention on this historic, scenic and welcoming community. Our local real estate agent connected us with some properties available here and from there, we discovered the team of Brad Nelson and Kelli Lovell, representing some very attractive properties. A whirlwind day of viewing a total of eleven homes, plus a fabulous lunch at The Kawartha Coffee Company, proved interesting, informative, and ultimately very successful. We chose a lovely resale home in Bobcaygeon, in the Port 32 development. It was perfect for us!
Well-maintained properties, a clubhouse with private marina and water garden and friendly residents made this choice very easy. Driving through the enclave of homes, you see unique and creative designs in architecture, some 26 years old, now, some brand new and everything in between. Each one features natural limestone outcroppings, mature trees, proximity to Pigeon Lake and the main town and within Port 32, winding trails behind the homes that connect the area for leisurely strolls unencumbered by fencing. It’s like living in your own private park, on or by the lake.
Structures range from bungalows, raised bungalow and splits, to a few two-story homes. All have been constructed with deference to the land forms and with quality workmanship and materials.
If you prefer being right in town, homes are available, all just a short walk to shopping and services. Even if you choose a home outside of Bobcaygeon, properties on Pigeon and Sturgeon Lakes are just minutes into town. It’s the convenience of living where everything is within easy reach. Most shopping needs can be met right in town by the large variety of merchants, including supermarkets, hardware, lumber, clothing, sporting goods, household products and gift-ware. Of course, we have several gas stations, dentists, legion and other organisations, and a walk-in clinic.
Any thoughts of small towns being inactive or boring will disappear as soon as you familiarize yourself, here. As well as the obvious fishing, swimming and boating available, there is local live theatre at The Lakeview Arts Barn / Globus Theatre, just minutes away on Pigeon Lake Road. You can find yoga, curling, pickleball, hockey, tai chi and a very modern community centre with gym and pool.
If you need medical services such a massage, or chiropractic, we are well set. Labs, hospitals and extended needs can be found in close proximity in Lindsay, Minden and Peterborough.
And, of course, if you get hungry and don’t feel like cooking, we have a plethora of restaurants from casual to fine dining, and most certainly, a Tim Hortons!
We’ve been here almost two years now, and honestly, not missing anything, especially the traffic, crowds or smog in the city. Life here is nothing short of sweet! As soon as the extension to Highway 407 is complete in ’17, any city cravings you may have will ever met very rapidly. Take a leisurely drive and see for yourself. 😊