If you’re looking for some of the best places to live, perhaps it’s time to think small.

Satellite communities around TORONTO are evolving to deliver small-town flare with big-city conveniences. In that way, many of these communities aren’t just great places to live:

They’re  Ontario's best-kept secrets.

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Durham Region Communities offering Small Town  & Country Living


  • City of Pickering - The primary rural communities in Pickering are Claremont, Brougham, and Whitevale.


  • Town of Uxbridge - A beautiful town only 15 minutes to the 407 offering a fast easy commute to downtown Toronto. Within the Township of Uxbridge there are many wonderful smaller communities namely Coppins Corners, Goodwood, Leaksdale, Sandford, Siloam, Victoria's Corner, and Zephyr.


  • Town of Whitby - the northern part of the municipality is more rural and includes the communities of Ashburn, Brooklin, Myrtle and Myrtle Station.


  • Township of Scugog - has the Town of Port Perry and many Country & Lake Homes all within 1 hour drive of Toronto.



1. Sense of Community

You may not have the whole town round for dinner once a week, but when there is a crisis – like a fire on a farm or somebody loses their dog or a flood – you will be amazed at how the community rallies together to get their fellow townsfolk the help they need. A sense of community is one of the main cited reasons to live in a small town.

2. The Stars

If you think back to your childhood, when life was not quite as chaotic, you may be lucky enough to remember a wide open sky with a carpet of stars. In the country, or small town, you get to have that every single night of your life. Leave the light pollution of the city behind and move to a small town.

3. No Traffic and There is Always Parking

Once you have lived in a small town for a while, you kind of become allergic to traffic, as the only small town traffic you will encounter is a herd of sheep in the ‘’main road’’ or Dave’s tractor blocking up the entrance to your driveway again. And there is always parking outside the grocery store – question is will you need it if you came on your bicycle or horse?

4. Fresh Air

One of the charming benefits of living in a small town is fresh air. We don’t realise how much junk we are breathing in and subjecting our children to in the city. Smog and fumes are a daily part of our city slog so who wouldn’t love the sweet air of the country. Those postcards of kids skipping through fields of blossoms breathing country air – they are real.

5. It’s Quiet

Another thing we don’t realise until we have spent any time in a small town is the sheer amount of noise – in the city this cacophonous din is the constant background. After moving to the country, a night in the city feels traumatic and you finally understand why you were wound up ready to pop at a moment’s notice when you lived there.


Mark Shaver

Mark Shaver

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