Why the Durham Region is a Great Place to Raise a Family!
The Durham Region, located in Southern Ontario just east of Toronto, is an amalgamated government area created in 1974 from a multitude of smaller communities ranging in size from cities like Oshawa and Pickering to rural vacation spots like the Township of Scugog. It's a popular destination with families and commuters because its comparatively low real estate costs (the average house sells for around $280,000) mean that your money will go much further here, allowing you to buy a home that gives your family enough space to spread its wings.
With so much choice to offer the modern family, it's no wonder the Durham Region bills itself as "a great place to grow." Regardless of the shape your family takes, there's a safe, nurturing environment waiting for you in one of the Durham Region communities. If your family is looking for a suburban destination where the kids can ride their bikes to school along traffic calmed roads, you can choose from any number of neighborhoods in the larger communities. If you want the security of living in a community where everyone knows everyone and your kids can roam free, there are a multitude of rural communities where you'll fit right in.
It's a myth that children with special educational needs should be brought up in the city because there are more and better programs for them there. Here in the Durham Region, the small size of the communities is belied by the wide range of available education options for your kids. There are public, private, Catholic, secular, English, and French, schools, as well as programs in Aboriginal education, media studies, technology, vocations, and the outdoors, just to name a few. Extracurricular activities run the gamut from sports to intellectual and artistic pursuits.
One of the major benefits that the Durham Region offers families is the chance to connect with their natural environment. A relatively small portion of the region's approximately 2,500 square kilometers is actually developed. The rest is occupied by protected forests, lakes, wetlands, trails, and parks your family can explore together. Hiking, biking, camping, swimming, or playing sports as a unit can help your family bond, keep fit, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
A major worry for some parents is that in seeking out a neighborly environment in which to raise their children, they'll be sacrificing the convenience and excitement of living in a major urban area. This couldn't be further from the truth. The Durham Region is practically brimming over attractions and with Toronto less than an hour away by car or train, you'll be able to visit friends and attend special functions in Toronto whenever you want. The quick commute means you don't have to give up your Toronto job and your kids can go on field trips to the city when they get older.