Why live in the Polar North? When you think of people moving to live in their ideal destination, you probably don’t think, “as far North as possible.” However, the North of Canada is experiencing a big surge in migration as cities grow, industries develop, and more people discover all there is to love about living in the far North. You get a relatively low cost of living. Contrary to popular myth, it's really not prohibitively expensive to live in the far North of Canada. Food prices aren't any higher than you'll see in a big city like Vancouver, and in the past few years, most Northern cities have gained some large supermarkets with a very decent selection of produce and other foods. Plus, Northerners get a special allowance on their taxes every year!
- There's lots more to do and see than you'd think. Don't worry-living up North doesn't just mean staring at dramatic landscapes all day! There's plenty to experience for cultural events, art, and social life. Cities like Yellowknife in the NorthWest Territories are super hip, with plenty of boutiques and gourmet restaurants to satisfy even the most demandingly cultured. It's a great place to be social. Northern cities are very up and coming, and you'll find that many residents are young professionals looking to make friends and have group adventures. There's lots of opportunities to join clubs and societies, especially if you're into the outdoors.
In the North, you have more time to do the things you love. Unlike most of Canada, it gets dark late up here. You can expect to have sunlight until 1 in the morning! That means longer hours for hiking and other adventures after work. The North is much easier to get to these days. Recent development has prompted better airports, expanded bridges, and much faster travel time overall.
- There's a whole range of weather, depending on where in the North you move. North doesn't just mean cold! For instance, the city of Whitehorse is further North than Winnipeg, but its climate means it's much more temperate, so winters aren't nearly as bad. Even if you pick a colder location, like Yellowknife, you'll still have glorious, sunny summers to look forward to each year.
- The North is home to some spectacular wildlife. You’ll have ample opportunities for hunting and fishing, in a whole range of environments. Just be sure to brush up on your know-how and safety training if you move North intending to hunt. Many species are protected, and you’ll be expected to have a good working knowledge of proper practices.
So, here’s the lowdown. While we used to see hundreds of young people moving South to find money and friends, now we’re seeing them move North. For an environmentally-conscious, outdoor-loving, socializing, inspiring generation, there’s no better place to be!