Moose Jaw’s affordable housing, major tourist attractions and area economic industries make it one of the best places to live in Canada, according to a national magazine.
MOOSE JAW — Moose Jaw is one of the five most affordable places to live in Canada, according to Canadian Mortgage Professional (CMP) monthly magazine.
There are many things to consider when looking for places to live across Canada, such as history, landscape, industries and costs, the magazine said. While there are plenty of options, the five picks offer a look at some of the cheapest places to live on the East Coast, Central Canada, the Prairies, and the West Coast.
Al Capone’s hideout
With an average salary of $62,000, Moose Jaw offers homes for as little as $63,000 and one-bedroom rental units for as little as $550.
Located in southern Saskatchewan, Moose Jaw was once the hideout of one of the world’s most infamous gangsters, Al Capone, who spent a lot of time hiding in underground tunnels beneath the city. Today, these tunnels are a major tourist attraction for the community of 36,000 people.
Moose Jaw’s main economic sectors are potash mining, agriculture, tourism, transportation, NATO flight training, and health care.
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds Air Demonstration Squadron is also housed at the military base. Besides the tunnels, downtown Moose Jaw also has plenty of cafes and other unique shopping options, placing it number three on Expedia.ca’s list of 10 Coolest Downtowns in Canada.
Maple syrup and sugar camps
Thetford Mines, Quebec is one of the cheapest places to live in Canada. The cheapest houses are generally under $60,000, the cheapest one-bedroom rental unit is $500, and the average salary is $62,000.
At one time, Thetford Mines was one of the largest asbestos producing regions in the world. Don’t worry, because the last asbestos mine closed in 2012 and Canada banned the sale of asbestos in 2018.
Now the region is one of the biggest producers of maple syrup, and in the spring you can take part in sugar camps. You can also join parties to produce maple syrup and enjoy snowy taffy. For these reasons, along with the popular winter sports of skiing and snowmobiling, it helps if you enjoy cold weather activities.
Thetford Mines also has a regional airport and two world-class research centers, while regional companies export goods around the world, generating work in multiple fields in an ever-expanding labor market.
From fish to oil and gas
St. John’s, Newfoundland is one of the oldest cities in North America. Due to its history and culture, St. John’s is a popular tourist destination and one of the cheapest places to live in Canada, with homes as low as $70,000 and one-bedroom rentals as low as $795. .
An average salary of just over $63,000 makes St. John’s more than affordable for most.
Throughout its history, St. John’s has depended on the cod fishery, which collapsed in the 1990s. It now relies primarily on offshore oil and gas. ExxonMobil Canada is headquartered in St. John’s, and companies such as Husky Energy, Chevron, Statoil and Suncor Energy also have regional operations.
Meanwhile, Terra Nova, Hibernia and White Rose have major offshore oil developments underway.
St. John’s is also where Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless message, in 1901. Signal Hill, a major attraction, includes the Cabot Tower commemorating the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s voyage to Newfoundland.
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia offers one-bedroom rentals for as low as $850 and homes for $80,000. With an average salary of around $60,000, New Glasgow is the site of major employers such as Aberdeen Hospital, a Michelin tire factory (Granton) and the headquarters of the national grocery chain Sobeys (Stellarton) .
Downtown New Glasgow has several shops and services and has recently benefited from a revitalization project which has seen the addition of a waterfront area and a theatre.
Having Surrey, BC on the list might be a surprising addition, given that it’s expensive compared to other parts of the country, but the prices for buying and renting homes are reasonable compared to other parts of British Columbia.
The city offers homes starting at $129,000 and one-bedroom rentals at $650, while the average salary is $73,000. Surrey is one of the best places to live as its economy is thriving with healthcare, agriculture and technology contributing significantly to the health of the city’s economy.
Simon Fraser University and Kwanthlen Polytechnic University, two major post-secondary institutions, also call Surrey home. Among the many annual attractions and events that take over the city, WinterFest – a day of sports, food, live music and fireworks – attracts around 15,000 people each year.