Living in Niagara
Being born and raised in the Niagara Region, I have a deep appreciation for the Niagara Region and some of the amenities it has to offer. The best part about Niagara is hidden in plain sight... the location! We all know real estate is about location, location, location and a buyer's decision on where to live is typically almost always about location. The Niagara region is located in southern Ontario, Canada, between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The region encompasses a total area of 1,852 km2 with a population of 449,098 and services Fort Erie, Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Pelham, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, Thorold, Wainfleet, Welland and West Lincoln.
Niagara is minutes from the American border and about an hour from Toronto. This offers a wide variety in 4 key areas.
With a workforce of more than a million workers within a 30 minute commute and a canal that transports more than 40 million tons of goods each year to locations world wide, you can easily see why Niagara is on the radar for corporations to set up shop. It is no wonder the GO Transit system is expanding to Niagara by 2021.
With a world class University (Brock University) and College (Niagara College), Niagara continues to draw on new talents and innovations. In addition, the opening of venues such as the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre, is quickly setting Niagara apart as a hot spot for culture and the arts.
Niagara sits between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie which offers camping, parks, cottages and beaches. The Niagara Peninsula is Canad'a largest wine growing region with a unique micro climate from the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario. It hosts a plethora of wineries, micro breweries and fine dining establishments.
A days drive from Montreal, New York, Boston and Chicago. An hours drive to Toronto and Buffalo Airports make Niagara a travellers ideal home location.
Niagara offers an exceptional lifestyle. You are close to major cities without the big city hustle and bustle yet Niagara is large enough that you still have access to amazing amenities like the Niagara Outlet Collection, the Meridian Centre (home to the Niagara Icedogs and Niagara River Lions) and has hosted events like Jerry Seinfeld and Scotties Tournament of Hearts. For the foodie, there are many places to let your palate explore with fine dining all across the region, but there is nothing like a great meal on a patio overlooking the vineyards at one of the many wineries (like at Two Sisters Vineyards). My personal favourites are the specialty shops scattered throughout the region like Beechwood Donuts. Let's not forget the world famous Niagara Falls, all too often taken for granted by locals and is simply stunning year round.
Whether you want to open a new business, are looking to retire, or searching for a great place to raise a family, Niagara should be at the top of your list. If you need help finding a home or would like more information about Niagara, please connect with me.
Photo Cred: Through Anne's Lens