Return to Nature on the Ganaraska Hiking Trail

By: Paul Vallis

Return to Nature on the Ganaraska Hiking Trail

Tags: Country Living, Northumberland County, Ganaraska Trail, Ganaraska Forest, Hiking, Moving East

By now we are all getting a bit used to isolation and for those of us that live in the country, perhaps we have it a bit easier than most. With so much wide open space, it’s easy to keep your distance. One of my favourite things to do is to go for walks with my dog, Oakley. I’ve got the Trent River nearby, along with a number of trails to explore. One of the most well-known trails th...Read More

Make Cottage Country Your Home in Havelock

By: Paul Vallis

Make Cottage Country Your Home in Havelock

Tags: Havelock, Country Living, Country Home, Peterborough County, Cottage Country

The Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen is synonymous with cottage country. The abundance of lakes and rivers in this township attract many cottage-goers year round. If you own a cottage or are a frequent renter, you may have wondered on many occasions what it would be like to live the cottage life permanently. Imagine living on the lake year round. It’s like a permanent vacation! If you a...Read More

Cobourg - Small Town Living on the Waterfront

By: Paul Vallis

Cobourg - Small Town Living on the Waterfront

Tags: Country Living, Northumberland County, Moving East, Waterfront Living, Cobourg

If you’ve ever dreamed of living by the water in a vibrant but cozy small tow, Cobourg might be just the destination for you. About halfway between Toronto and Kingston, Cobourg sits on the north shore of Lake Ontario in Northumberland County. And not just any shore. We’re talking about a prime waterfront location. They don’t call Cobourg the “gem of Lake Ontario” fo...Read More

Things Are Heating Up in Toronto

By: Paul Vallis

Things Are Heating Up in Toronto

Tags: Country Living, Northumberland County, Moving East, Selling, Toronto

Guess what that means? With the recent release of the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board’s (TRREB) January Market Watch, the outlook for real estate in Toronto is good. If you’re selling. With new listings forecast to be flat or down from last year, average sales prices are expected to increase by 10%. In fact, January has already seen an increase of 12% over the same time last year....Read More

Well Water in the Country

By: Paul Vallis

Well Water in the Country

Tags: Country Living, Northumberland County, Moving East, Well Water

If you are moving from the city to the country, you may find yourself in the unfamiliar world of well water, especially if you are outside of a community or village. While this doesn’t mean you’re out there with a hand pump, pumping water for your daily needs or drawing up buckets of water...there are some things you need to be aware of when your water is coming from a well on your ow...Read More

A Winter Wonderland

By: Paul Vallis

A Winter Wonderland

Tags: Country Living, Country Winter, Northumberland County, Moving East

While it’s easy to see and experience the benefits of country living during the warm summer months, the cold days of winter can seem less appealing to some. If you’re used to the snow, slush and messiness of the city in winter, you will be in for a pleasant surprise in the country! Yes, you will get more snow and it will probably feel colder, but there is a lot of beauty to behold in ...Read More

Curling and Country Life

By: Paul Vallis

Curling and Country Life

Tags: Community, country life, curling

For some, a move from the city to the country means a move away from friends, family and a familiar community. But there is one sure way to get to know your 'new' community quickly, while having fun at the same time — and that's at the local curling rink. To paraphrase a famous saying, sport is a great equalizer that can bring people and communities together. I know I'm...Read More

Campbellford or The Bridges of Northumberland County

By: Paul Vallis

Campbellford or The Bridges of Northumberland County

Tags: Campbellford, Country Living, Northumberland County, Trent River, Moving East, Trent Hills

If you’ve been following my blog recently, you’ve been getting to know some of the great spots in and around Peterborough and Northumberland Counties east of Toronto. This is such a beautiful part of Ontario and an ideal spot to semi-retire or retire to. As a Toronto “expat” now living in Campbellford, I made the move out here a few years ago to enjoy a more relaxed, less ...Read More

Bird Watchers and Apple Lovers Unite in Brighton

By: Paul Vallis

Bird Watchers and Apple Lovers Unite in Brighton

Tags: Brighton, Country Living, Northumberland County, Moving East

East of Toronto there are a number of small towns dotting the coast of Lake Ontario within Northumberland County. Head east on the 401 about 150 kilometres from the city and you will reach the town of Brighton, situated on the Bay of Quinte. Brighton is a popular destination for retired or semi-retired couples looking to move away from the busy city. The slower pace, quaint feel and lower cost of...Read More

Warkworth: Where Country Meets Style

By: Paul Vallis

Warkworth: Where Country Meets Style

Tags:

Warkworth, Country Living, Country Home, Northumberland County, Trent Hills

Head about 90 minutes east of Toronto and you’ll hit the Village of Warkworth in the heart of Northumberland County. One of three communities within the Municipality of Trent Hills, Warkworth is full of small town charm with a touch of urban style. If you love fresh air -- and fresh coffee -- head over to Our Lucky Stars Cafe and fuel up on some fair trade organic coffee, roasted on site, b...Read More