'In the past, we'd discussed the possibility of some day living near the
water. As our search began, we soon discovered that living close to the
water wasn't much more expensive than in some of the towns inland.'
- Julie Gravel, shown at left with her partner, Tom Szydlowski, and their newborn baby girl, Ella
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Affordable waterfront living for the family in Kincardine
BY JULIE GRAVEL
- boardwalk, beach just a short walk away from new home
Shortly following a move from Alberta, my boyfriend, Tom, accepted a job at Bruce Power in Tiverton, Ontario. This little town is situated on Lake Huron approximately two and a half hours northwest of Toronto.
In the past, we'd discussed the possibility of some day living near the water. As our search began, we soon discovered that living close to the water wasn't much more expensive than in some of the towns inland.
Being only 20 minutes' drive away from work, the town of Kincardine was an appealing place for the both of us.
After driving around some of the communities in the area, we kept going back to Kincardine. This little town is located on the lake and appeared clean and very quiet, something that we were both looking for.
There are plenty of hiking trails, a beautiful sandy beach and a big marina for those who like to do any water activities — especially fishing.
In the spring of 2007, we started building our house in Kincardine. It took only four months to complete and is located only a short walk from the lake. I was lucky to get a job nearby at the Kincardine Veterinary Clinic, working as a veterinary technician with small animals, which I really enjoy doing.
On Jan. 4, 2010, we welcomed a baby girl named Ella into this world and she is sure keeping us busy!
Lots to do for the outdoors enthusiast
We enjoy going for walks on the boardwalk along the beach — it's so beautiful and calming. We both like the outdoors and with the great trails around, you can hike or even do some mountain bike riding.
In winter, there are plenty of things to do, such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. There is something to do for everyone.
We've met quite a few people here and everybody is very friendly!
One thing to mention, which is something I still can't wrap my head around, is that Kincardine's homes are primarily heated by propane. Years ago, the town turned down natural gas, stating "this is a hydro town." As a result, the residents are paying twice as much to heat their homes.
Nevertheless, after living here for three years, we still enjoy what Kincardine has to offer and there are no regrets.