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Best small towns in Ontario

Great places to visit, even better places to live!

Ontario's small towns offer a reprieve from the traffic and of Toronto, Ottawa, or other bigger cities. These are great places to move if you are thinking of moving to something quieter, more peaceful and less costly, and small town living doesn't have to be small-minded. On the contrary! Many of Ontario's best small towns combine all the things people love about a scaled-back life, with just enough proximity to major centres and the attractions there. Here's a look at 10 spectacular small towns (population under 40,000) from around the province, and why you should investigate them more closely.


Unlike other lists, we focus less on statistics like real estate prices, average monthly income, and crime rate, etc. Those factors are important, of course, but we think you might want to hear from people who live there, so we include testimony from those who have moved there ahead of you. We also suggest specific neighbourhoods accepting of, and ideally suited to new people in town.

Here's our list of the 10 best Ontario small towns that make a fun weekend destination, and are also interesting character places to live in or near. These towns offer security, peace, and comfort, while allowing you just enough local excitement to keep life interesting.

*some names changed or withheld to protect privacy.


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