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Where in Canada and what is the cost of housing?

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Saskatchewan, housing is pretty reasonable. In the 2 cities 2000 sq ft 2 story is less than C$300K. If you go to a small town, an hour out, liveable houses start at under 20K
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Saskatchewan,* housing is pretty reasonable.* In the 2 cities 2000 sq ft 2 story is less than C$300K.* If you go to a small town, an hour out,* liveable houses start at under 20K
I would not recommend Saskatchewan to anyone. It would be a culture shock to almost anyone with 2 cities of less than 300,000 population, and nothing of consequence within 500 miles. I have spent time in both of them. Only Saskatoon has anything reasonably close if you are in love with cold water lakes, mosquitos and moose. The winters, unless you like Dakota and Nebraska type winters, will kill you.

Far better to consider locations within:

1) as a first choice, the interior of British Columbia that are more temperate (but have winter), provide access to the wilderness, mountains and lakes, and yet are within reasonable driving distance to substantial cities (Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary). Such locations include Kamloops, Cranbrook, Sicamous and Trail. The Okanogan Vally consisting of huge, beautiful lakes, temperate climate and vinyards is becoming expensive as a result of desired retirement locations for escapees from Alberta's big cities.

2) smaller cities of Alberta that have ready access to the bigger cities (Calgary, Edmonton) and mountains. Lethbridge and Red Deer are becoming 2 locations of choice. The big cities of Alberta and British Columbia are becoming considerably too expensive with average single family house prices now over C$400k. Winters are not as bad as the open prairies of Saskatchewan but emulate Wyoming, Montana, Colorado.

These smaller cities all have good single family housing for less than C$300k.
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I assume you are joking, or do you figure that Norieaga was the only one?

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Where do you think the drug dealers go to launder their money? Too many vacant condos here to just be market forces at hand. Just my guess but the dealers are probably the same guys building these condos. Not to mention the monthly drug busts on the news.
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Far better to consider locations within:

1) as a first choice, the interior of British Columbia that are more temperate (but have winter), provide access to the wilderness, mountains and lakes, and yet are within reasonable driving distance to substantial cities (Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary). Such locations include Kamloops, Cranbrook, Sicamous and Trail. The Okanogan Vally consisting of huge, beautiful lakes, temperate climate and vinyards is becoming expensive as a result of desired retirement locations for escapees from Alberta's big cities.

2) smaller cities of Alberta that have ready access to the bigger cities (Calgary, Edmonton) and mountains. Lethbridge and Red Deer are becoming 2 locations of choice. The big cities of Alberta and British Columbia are becoming considerably too expensive with average single family house prices now over C$400k. Winters are not as bad as the open prairies of Saskatchewan but emulate Wyoming, Montana, Colorado.

These smaller cities all have good single family housing for less than C$300k.
I have to agree with these recommendations. Cranbrook still has very reasonable housing (but nearby Kimberly, Fernie, and Invermere have gone out of sight).

But I'd be a little careful about Lethbridge. I've only been there once, to go to Costco. But I can tell you that it was the most rancid odor I've ever smelled--big time slaughterhouses, I'm guessing. Whew! Maybe only certain parts of town get it, or maybe only when the wind was a certain way but it sure was unpleasant.
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But I'd be a little careful about Lethbridge.* I've only been there once, to go to Costco.* But I can tell you that it was the most rancid odor I've ever smelled--big time slaughterhouses, I'm guessing.* Whew!* Maybe only certain parts of town get it, or maybe only when the wind was a certain way but it sure was unpleasant.
Interesting. I have relatives in Lethbridge and that has never been mentioned. However, Lethbridge has one drawback in that it is in the wind belt and I personally would not live there. Red Deer would be a much better choice and within ~90 minutes of both Calgary and Edmonton.
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Lethbridge has no odeur, you are confusing it with Brookes, further North on the highway and home to a very large Meat Packing Plant..

I don't like Alberta, but IF you have to live there, Lethbridge is quite nice, it actually has trees,

The Okanagan is a nice area to retire to, still not overly expensive, great scenery, access to a lot of Recreation.

I have met several new neighbours lately, not ER'd, but they are Americans who have left because of Bush, are waiting for their citizenship, late 50's, but came here for Health Care, bought Farms.(they rent out the land, wanted rural Lifesyle)

I LOVE Vermont, when I found out some were from there I was surprised, but thye have very strong Anti Bush feelings(No Canadian would ever get that passionate about Politics, except Quebeckers, but they don't consider themselves Canadian).
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(No Canadian would ever get that passionate about Politics, except Quebeckers, but they don't consider themselves Canadian).
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What are you smoking?!?!? Politics is the second national past time in Canada right after hockey! Have you ever noticed the amount of news coverage on politics compared to everything else? (Just my two cents)

Now back to our topic...

I like SK in Canada. Heck I just bought a house in Regina over the weekend. Very nice real estate market. For 190K I got a great house. It need work, but I like painting. It is a bit flat and windy, but still enjoyable.

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CF, I could never live in a Province where Summer is July 31'st. you got inexpensive Real estate but it will stay that way, and you can have those - 50 degree winters, too damn cold.

You guys still voting Socialists?
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CF, I could never live in a Province where Summer is July 31'st. you got inexpensive Real estate but it will stay that way, and you can have those - 50 degree winters, too damn cold.

You guys still voting Socialists?
Max - Yes you have a point. It takes a certain degree of being insane to live in SK. The cold winters are a problem. Interesting enough once you get pasted a -40 C windchill it doesn't feel any colder at -50C. Summers are very nice for the most part. You get those two weeks of +35C every year, but otherwise fairly good weather.

Sadly SK is still voting for the socialists. I don't pretend to understand.

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the people in Sk, like Manitobans, are some of the nicest you will meet, they are genuinly friendly.
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I have met several new neighbours lately, not ER'd, but they are Americans who have left because of Bush, are waiting for their citizenship, late 50's, but came here for Health Care, bought Farms.(they rent out the land, wanted rural Lifesyle)
Dang! All three of the Americans that actually made good on their 2004 promise to move to Canada if Bush got elected moved in next door to you? What a coincidence, huh?
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the people in Sk, like Manitobans, are some of the nicest you will meet, they are genuinly friendly.
I few years ago I had an FN Mauser sporter for sale. A young couple from Saskatoon happened to be down here and saw my ad. They came by and bought my rifle. I don't think I have ever met nicer people.

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Lethbridge has no odeur, you are confusing it with Brookes, further North on the highway and home to a very large Meat Packing Plant..
I don't know if it was a meat packing plant, but I came into Lethbridge from the Crow's Nest Pass direction, not from the north. Whatever it was, it was foul. I stopped at a rest area to relieve myself and about keeled over. My dog like it, though!
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justin, bosco, Haha, you confirm my opinions of some Americans, Thank God for the Border.

Oh Yes, we can still Thank God up in the True White North.

God keep our Land, NOT BOMBS bursting in air.
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I think this was lost in translation from Canadian to American. Can you elucidate?
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justin, bosco, Haha, you confirm my opinions of some Americans, Thank God for the Border.

Oh Yes, we can still Thank God up in the True White North.

God keep our Land, NOT BOMBS bursting in air.
max, I gotta say that THIS time I don't know whether to be an embarassed as a Canadian or not by your comments and behaviour But the border works both ways. Unfortunately, it also prevents you from leaving Canada.

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bosco,I was going to write a whole bunch of stuff, but it wasn't worth the effort.
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..and She isn't very happy with the job She did in the US of A.

bosco, fortunatly with a European Passport, a High Net Worth, a wife who is a descendant of a Channel Islander who is also a Nurse, Hell, we can live anywhere, but we choose Canada.
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bosco, fortunatly with a European Passport, a High Net Worth, a wife who is a descendant of a Channel Islander who is also a Nurse, Hell, we can live anywhere, but we choose Canada.
kinda doubt the high net worth part. Probably the having a wife part too.

I like the fact that you named yourself after a lackey Austrian dictator that was installed in Mexico and couldn't even speak the language of the country. Not surprisingly, he was removed by popular revolt.
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