Recently the National Bureau of Economic Research conducted a Canada-wide survey among over 1200 Communities to determine the level of satisfaction among its various residents. Unsurprisingly, those Canadians living in smaller communities reported significantly higher levels of happiness than their fellow citizens residing in larger cities. That survey really resonated with us, as we found moving to Ridgeway somehow made us feel more content.

For openers, we know a lot of our neighbours and we see them socially. When we’re out for our morning stroll we delight in being able to greet others in the community by first name and have them reciprocate. It’s just one of the things that gives us a warm, fuzzy feeling about where we live.

When we go to the drug store it’s great to be greeted by name, because unlike some of the monster drug stores in The City, the pharmacist here is also the owner and he’s always friendly and courteous.

We also like the fact that we’re close to major transportation routes that makes it easy to get to larger centres like St. Catharines, Hamilton, Toronto and yes, even Buffalo, which is less than 15 minutes from our home.

We like the fact that it’s just a short drive to a local orchard, where we can buy fresh-picked fruit in season and numerous farmers sell their produce at roadside stand throughout the summer. What’s more, the wineries are fantastic! We haven’t visited them all, because there are so many. But suffice it to say that award-winning, world class wineries are practically at our door step.

Then there’s the beach. We walk from our home to the shores of Lake Erie in under 5 minutes and are amazed at the changing vistas from day to day. The sound of the rolling waves is particularly pleasant.

Shopping is close at hand, as is our new family doctor.

It’s true, small town living truly makes for greater happiness.

Charming Ridgeway

The Oaks at Six Mile Creek is an upscale adult-oriented community nestled against a 60-acre forest preserve, within easy walking distance of the charming village of Ridgeway.

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