Climate-Change-Friendly place in Canada?

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Climate-Change-Friendly place in Canada?

Post by firerufus » Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:10 am

I am German and married to a Canadian. We currently live in Berlin (Germany). Though we are enjoying the high tech pay, we can't imagine living there forever. Also due to the increasing temperature and due to the fact that summer is getting almost unlivable there.

I did a bit of research and looked for higher latitude places in Canada and was wondering if there is a Canadian in this forum who can recommend ressources or even places to move to in about 5 years.

We are looking for either a farm or a smaller urban city where we can grow our own food and maybe even have animals. I grew up in the country side myself and don't want my kids not have the rich experience of nature.

Any pin pointing to people/sites/places/ressources are very welcome!

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Re: Climate-Change-Friendly place in Canada?

Post by Jean » Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:22 am

Newfoundland is one of the greatest place i visited, and probably cheap.

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Post by sky » Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:59 am

If you explore the coast between Sault Ste Marie and Sudbury, ON, you will find a number of smaller towns that might work for you.

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Post by slsdly » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:24 am

You can in theory farm in NL, but it gets a lot of cloud, so I wouldn't expect it to be the most productive land. Nearly everywhere on the East Coast is cheap to buy land, although you'll have higher income taxes / HST than anywhere else. While the winter is relatively warm (comparable to averages in Berlin, maybe a little colder), you would need to like or at least tolerate snow, as there is lots of it in the winter (snow, melt, snow, melt, etc). The summers are great / quite moderate, although can feel quite brief some years.

Ontario can get just as hot as Berlin in the summer, and much colder in the winter. The prairies are similar. Outside the GTA, and other major urban centres, this country is either grain fields or trees, depending on where you are. Well, that and tundra in the far north.

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Re: Climate-Change-Friendly place in Canada?

Post by jacob » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:58 am

I'm not Canadian, but ...

I think you would (or at least I would) want to go to BC. The Pacific North West is the best place to be climate-wise on the north-American continent. It's not too warm in the summer and not too cold in the winter compared to the middle of the continent which has much wider temperature swings. Climate change will also heat the center of the continents much more than the coast lines. You can figure 2-3x the quoted global average. The solution here is not moving into the arctic, because you still have to deal with cold winters even if summer heat waves are getting nasty. Freezing because heating fuels are rationed/get too expensive is just as bad. Finally, due to the polar amplification effect, you can expect the climate to change much faster the farther north you go (add that to the continental effect). This means nature visibly/noticeably changing on a decadal scale (this could be depressing to watch).

Add: Since climate will be changing rapidly in the polar regions, pay attention to whether the local industry/livelihoods is dependent on nature because as nature changes/dies the industry will change/die with it. This will materially impact that tax-basis/economy of the area.

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Post by slsdly » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:27 am

@jacob, I'm not sure if anywhere in BC will be as cheap as the East Coast. Anything in BC near the coast probably costs a fortune -- so, *maybe* something like Prince George? That has a similar temperate range to say, Nova Scotia, so perhaps it isn't too far from the ocean to get the moderating effect. That said, you can probably get a lot more bang for your buck land wise in PEI, Nova Scotia or New Brunswick. Maybe the latter if you are worried about rising sea levels and hurricanes.

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Post by enigmaT120 » Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:25 am

jacob wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:58 am
I'm not Canadian, but ...

I think you would (or at least I would) want to go to BC. The Pacific North West is the best place to be climate-wise on the north-American continent. It's not too warm in the summer and not too cold in the winter compared to the middle of the continent which has much wider temperature swings.
Hey we're trying to not publicize that around here! Besides, at least one model I saw predicted even more rain for me in the coast range than I get now. Less snow pack in the Cascades won't affect me, the coast range never has any to speak of.

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