Bancroft is a rural community in the heart of Eastern Ontario. Two hours east of Toronto and three hours west of Ottawa, Bancroft is also about an hour south of magificient Algonquin Park. The "Mineral Capital of Canada" is a former mining town that is now focused on logging and tourism, and is a service centre for approximately 17,000 people in the area plus seasonal residents with recreational properties on and around the many lakes that surround Bancroft.
The City of Brockville is one of the oldest Cities in Ontario which is reflected in its cultural and architectural history. It rests on the mighty St. Lawerence River between Montreal and Toronto and is a well known as a port for the internationally famous 1000 Islands. It is a popular tourist destination that continues to attract new residents who are looking to escape the big city and enjoy the quality of life that Brockville provides. The image on the right shows Brockville from the eyes of a sailor on the river. (Source: http://www.brockville.com/index.cfm?ID=154)
Collingwood is a beautiful four season tourist destination about 2 hours northwest from Toronto on the shores of Lake Huron. In their sustainable community plan, it is noted that "over the next forty years, the Town of Collingwood is expected to experience local forces of change such as unprecedented population growth, changing demographics and global forces of change such as rising commodity prices and climate change (p. 1)."
The County of Frontenac covers a large geographic area in Eastern Ontario stretching from Lake Ontario north into the Canadian Shield. Located about two hours west of Montreal and two hours east of Toronto, the Frontenacs are a rural community made up of many charming villages with a mix of agricultural lands and stunning natural areas. The Frontenacs enjoy incredible access to water - from the point where the St. Lawerence River opens up into Lake Ontario and into cottage country extending north.
Guelph is about 100 km west of Toronto and 25 km east of Kitchener-Waterloo. Canadian Business Online has consistently rated Guelph as one of Canada's most livable cities because of its low crime rates, clean environment and generally high standard of living.
Halton Hills is a town in the Regional Municipality of Halton less than an hour west of Toronto. It is an amalgamated community that includes two key urban centres, Georgetown and Acton, as well as a considerable amount of rural land. It is also part of the Greater Golden Horseshoe under Ontario’s Places to Grow planning framework and is home to part of the Niagara Escarpment.
Huntsville is a town in the Muskoka Region of Ontario and it is located 215 kilometres north of Toronto and 130 kilometres south of North Bay. Located in the hilly terrain of the Canadian Shield, it is dotted with many lakes and is known as a popular summer vacation destination for boaters and cottagers.
The City of Kingston is located halfway between Montreal and Toronto, Canada's two largest cities. Kingston is an eclectic mix of old and new "where history and innovation thrive". Renowned as the fresh-water capital of North America, Kingston is a major port to cruise the famous Thousand Islands.
Kitchener is located about an hour southwest from Toronto along the 401 corridor. Along with Waterloo and Cambridge it is often called the 'KW' and is the 11th largest metropolitan area in Canada. Kitchener is primarily a blue collar town and is home to many important Canadian and multinational companies.
The Town of Markham is part of York Region and it is located along Toronto's northern border. Markham is one of the fastest growning communities in Ontario and is part of the Greater Golden Horseshoe. A modern, diverse community, Markham is making the transition from a bedroom suburb to a complete community and it is now the location of many high-tech companies such as Avaya, IBM, Motorola, Toshiba, Lucent, Sun Microsystems and Apple.