Niagara’s signature natural landscapes and outstanding recreational amenities aren’t just for entertaining tourists. World-class wineries, the Shaw Festival Theatre, 40 golf courses, scenic cycling and hiking trails, casinos, concerts and more make every weekend feel like a vacation. Add in affordable home ownership, great schools, a stress-free commute and crime rates that are well-below Canada’s already incredibly safe average and it’s no wonder more and more people are choosing to call Niagara home.
Welcome home! Technical workers choosing to escape the hustle and bustle of Toronto, students and academics drawn by our world-class educational and research institutions and baby boomers choosing to write their next chapter, are all part of the growing number of people discovering the long list of advantages of life in Niagara.
Compared to Toronto’s sky-high real estate market, homes in Niagara are incredibly affordable – so affordable, in fact, that in 2017 MoneySense Magazine ranked Niagara as the 7th best location in Canada for real estate investment. More and more working families are able to make home ownership a reality in Niagara.
Affordable home prices don’t come at the cost of recreation and leisure amenities. The landscapes, attractions and activities that draw millions of tourists here each year are every bit as available to residents. That long list of choices includes dozens of world-class wineries, The Shaw Festival Theatre, water-filled fun on Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, the Niagara River and the Welland Canal, over 300 km of scenic cycling routes, over 50 hiking trails, Canada’s largest casino, fantastic shopping, 40 golf courses and a calendar full of live entertainment, festivals and special events.
Living in Ontario’s fruit basket offers Niagara residents access to fresh fruits and vegetables from an incredible selection of local roadside stands, pick-your-own farms and farmer’s markets.
Niagara’s rush hour-free roads mean that residents get to spend more time enjoying their affordable homes and all those amazing recreational amenities too! Of 20 Canadian cities ranked in the INRIX 2016 Global Traffic Scorecard, Niagara had the least amount of traffic congestion. When compared against 310 North American cities, Niagara’s traffic times cruise in within the top five per cent!
Niagara is not just affordable and fun, it’s also an incredibly safe place to live. Compared against Canada’s 34 metropolitan areas, Niagara has the 9th lowest crime rate. Crime in Niagara decreased by 39% between 2006 and 2016 (Statistics Canada) and maintains a lower crime rate than any US city in the study.
Niagara’s established and reputable school boards, English and French language schools and highly regarded independent schools offer families with school-age children the opportunity to find a perfect fit for their child’s unique learning style and needs. Upon graduation from high school, Niagara College and Brock University offer residents access to a world-class post-secondary education that’s close to home.
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