At a Glance: Toronto tops Canada property wish list

At a Glance: Toronto tops Canada property wish list

Canada

Toronto tops the wish list for people buying property in Canada, according to new research by TheMoveChannel.com. The portal´s At a Glance infographic reveals that the city is the most searched-for place in Canada, accounting for over one-third of all country searches in the 12 months to September 2013.

 

36.2 per cent of house hunters in Canada targeted Toronto, far ahead of any other city or town in the country. Quebec was the nearest runner-up, accounting for 13 per cent of searches, followed by Vancouver and Montreal, which attracted 11.6 per cent and 11.1 per cent respectively.

 

While Ontario´s capital city was the most popular with buyers searching for real estate, though, the province only generated the third highest number of enquiries. Nova Scotia dominated buying activity, responsible for a staggering 62.49 per cent of enquiries. One in five (18.02 per cent) enquiries were for property in Quebec, driven largely by interest in Montreal. Ontario accounted for just 9.48 per cent of enquiries, ahead of British Columbia (6.43 per cent), most of which were targeted at Vancouver.
Nonetheless, buyers were clearly interested in Ontario´s property market: the province accounted for three of the 10 most searched-for destinations (Toronto, Ottawa and London), the same number as Quebec (Quebec, Montreal, Ile des Soeurs), while British Columbia and Alberta accounted for two apiece. Nova Scotia, on the other hand, had no cities in the top 10. Its largest city, Halifax, accounted for just 0.7 per cent of searches, enough to make it the 13th most popular place.
The At a Glance infographic also analyses Google behaviour over the past year. TheMoveChannel.com´s research found that “property in Canada” were the most commonly used keywords, closely followed “homes for sale in Canada”, a rare example of searches for a property type coming ahead of general terms for the entire country. Apartments and hotels appeared in almost no searches at all.
TheMoveChannel.com Editor Ivan Radford comments:
“Toronto is the largest city in Canada. Just look at that map and it´s no surprise that the province of Ontario is such a bright spot – Toronto is regularly ranked in the world´s most liveable cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit, along with Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary. According to Statistics Canada, just over 20 per cent of Canada´s population comes from overseas; expats are clearly keen on Canada and with Toronto´s renowned high quality of life, they head straight to the Ontario capital.
“Why, then, is Nova Scotia the province with the highest enquiries? Ontario has the highest number of properties for sale on the site (more than 5,000), followed by Nova Scotia´s 1,500 property listings: it is not a lack of homes that drives house hunters to another area. A closer look reveals that Nova Scotia´s real estate is more affordable: an average four-bed home costs approximately £302,000 in the province, compared to £451,000 in Ontario. With such a significant price difference, buyers are ultimately opting for Nova Scotia´s Atlantic coast rather than Ontario´s inland real estate. Expat appeal is one thing: money is another.”
Notes to Editors
Founded in 1999, TheMoveChannel.com is the leading independent website for international property, with than 400,000 listings in over 100 countries around the world, marketed on behalf of agents, developers and private owners.

The website address is http://www.themovechannel.com and the office address is 24 Jack´s Place, Corbet Place, Spitalfields, London, E1 6NN. The website address of Lead Galaxy is http://www.leadgalaxy.com

Contact Dan Johnson on 0207 952 7650 for further information.

New Year, New Home, Know How?

Canada

For some investing in lifestyle means a jaunt to the local gym twice a week, a healthy eating plan or even a monthly massage at the local beauty parlour others however may see a change in lifestyle as the opportunity to change the location of their home. As the recent HSBC International Explorer survey of over 2000 expats across four continents who have made that choice shows, Canada is one of the easiest countries in which to settle.

Martin Spurling, CEO for HSBC Bank International and Head of HSBC Offshore Islands commented in a recent release: “Canada is the most welcoming country to expats, with almost all (95%) of respondents claiming that they found it easy to make friends with the locals and fit into the community. The survey also highlighted the buying experience.”
“Canada is regularly listed by the United Nations as one of the 10 best places in the world to live and has featured again in A Place in the Sun´s Top 20 locations to buy property for 2008/09” says John Prior, Principal of Undiscovered Properties. “It is also interesting to see the measures by which the Canadian government are making things easier for those looking to relocate to Canada with figures showing that as well as Canada being a popular lifestyle location, it is actively seeking people to re-locate to the nation with skilled migrant expected to account for 100% of workforce growth by 2011.”
An extension of the already popular Canadian work permit is all part of the ‘Action Plan for Faster Immigration’. According to the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, “On 15th December 2008 we announced that professionals seeking to work in Canada under the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) can now receive permits up to three years as previously workers were required to renew their permits every 12 months. Lawyers, doctors, dentists and teachers as well as other skilled workers are all needed and this extension will greatly benefit the Canadian economy by helping ensure greater continuity and stability for both employers and workers.”
Prior concludes: “We have some stunning four season properties available in the Quebec province which is rapidly becoming a top choice for purchasing property. Close to the city of Montreal with employment opportunities available for both French and English speakers, the area offers an imitable blend of history, heritage, tourism appeal, culture and style – appealing aspects for visitors and investors alike.”
“As well as those looking to use the homes themselves, many buyers are purchasing properties speculatively, looking to rent out their luxury log homes to tourists and so far owners haven’t been disappointed” continues Prior. “Rental demand has increased every month to the point where we were fully booked in the height of the summer and are also sold out twice over for Christmas / New Year. We estimate over 60% occupancy for next year based on the trends we have seen.”
So if you are looking to change your lifestyle this year then call Undiscovered Properties on 0870 734 7968 or visit www.undiscoveredproperties.com.
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Eagles Ridge Golf and Country Club, Canada
 
Eagles Ridge Golf and Country Club properties are set in 1,800 acres of natural woodland and sit on stunning land surrounding 5 freshwater lakes. They are found only 90 minutes away from the cosmopolitan and sophisticated city of Montreal with its international airport which is connected by direct flights to over 120 destinations around the world. Only 15 minutes drive from Mont Tremblant, the ski capital of Eastern Canada which boasts 94 different runs served by 13 state of the art lifts, this resort is perfect for skiers of all abilities.  These stunning properties are blessed however with 4 season’s worth of various activities and when the lakes aren’t ice rinks and the ski mobiles are stored away the lakes host boats and water activities including water sports and fresh water fishing, the surrounding mountains areas also open up into fantastic cycling and hiking areas.
The Algonquin Tribe once called the neighbouring national park and its stunning Mont Tremblant the ‘Mountain of the Spirit’ and legend has it that anybody who disturbs the tranquillity of the area will make the spirits of the mountain tremble. Eagles Ridge Golf and Country Club is not an imposing array of properties though and its conscious decision and design has incorporated many environmentally friendly features including the use of sustainable timber sources and each property will draw water from its own automated artisan well sunk beneath each plot.
An 18 hole designer golf course can also be found in the heart of Eagles Ridge Golf and Country Club and you are given the choice of views whether it be the stunning lake view lodges or the lodges that overlook the panoramic views of the golf course and mountains. An onsite shop and boutique area are found alongside clubhouses and restaurants that offer fantastic facilities that make the community of Eagles Ridge Golf and Country Club a unique, relaxing and majestic experience. 
These exclusive 3, 4, 5 and 6 bedroom lodges all with unique styles and features start from £280,000 / $420,200 for more information contact Undiscovered Properties on 0870 7347968, email contact@undiscoveredproperties.com or visit www.undiscoveredproperties.com

On the search for the ´Mr Right´ of Canadian property

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For more and more of us the search for the ‘right’ investment, the ‘right’ location and the ‘right’ property overseas are all important considerations and as the world becomes even more accessible the choices are seemingly endless. But how do you know when you´ve made the right choice?
 
For a group of French speaking young people their quest for the ´right´ choice has taken a slightly different turn as filming of the fifth series of Double Occupation – Canada’s version of the popular US and UK series, The Bachelor – recently began at the popular development of Fiddler Lake in eastern Canada.
 
A programme inspired by peoples search for Mr and Mrs ‘Right’, the Double Occupation production team chose Fiddler Lake for its stunning properties which incorporate both modern style and spacious living areas all with the romantic feel of lodge tradition; the perfect atmosphere for such a task.
 
“Couples are set challenges that involve travelling to other countries as well as taking part in activities within Fiddler Lake” says John Prior, Principal of Undiscovered Properties who sold the bespoke homes. “The team at Fiddler Lake have been very excited to welcome the production crew and cast of Double Occupation and the series´ popularity goes from strength to strength.” 
 
Already a fashionable location with celebrities such as Ultravox´s Midge Ure who owns a home at Fiddler Lake, Prior goes on to say, “The recent arrival of the Quebec TV network TVA highlights the unique, private and exclusive qualities of this resort.”
 
Fiddler Lake is now virtually sold out but there are 10 new plots that have become available due to the relocation of the boutique hote and the developer has a sister resort of Eagles Ridge Golf and Country Club which can be found 15 minutes drive from the popular resort of Mont Tremblant, which is a newer project and construction is well underway, there are a number of magnificient plots still available. The luxury lodge properties are set within 1,800 acres of natural woodland surrounding 5 freshwater lakes. Eagles Ridge is only 90 minutes away from the cosmopolitan city of Montreal with its international airport connected by direct flights to over 120 destinations around the world.
 
The 3, 4, 5 and 6 bedroom lodges of Eagles Ridge are the perfect retreat for all the family and the unique styles and features give owners an exclusive property in the heart of Canada. Prices from £249,000 / $448,600, for more information contact Undiscovered Properties on 0870 734 7968 or visit www.undiscoveredproperties.com.

Ski season officially opening this weekend!

Canada

Mont Tremblant in eastern Canada is in eager anticipation for the opening of the 2008-2009 ski season, they have prepared the slopes and have confessed it is, “The place to be for everyone who loves downhill thrills and chills!” The ski lifts will open for the first time this season at the weekend and for those who love the buzz of boarding, it couldn’t come soon enough.

Last year saw the deepest snow fall in 10 years with 600cm (236”) coating the slopes, 218cm more than the average Mont Tremblant usually enjoys. Of course skiers and businesses are confident in this ski-sure setting that the precipitation will be similar this season for another tremendous Tremblant ski experience.
Skiing is not only a past time enjoyed by ‘board bums’, Mont Tremblant offers something for skiers at all levels. 17% of the trails are perfect for beginners and nearly double that amount are suitable for intermediate skiers so you don’t have to worry whether your turns are more snow plough than parallel, with 631 acres of skiable ground there is plenty of space to learn. For the self confessed ski and snow board enthusiasts 50% of the trails will suit you plus 18 acres of ramps, rails and jumps as well as an Olympic calibre superpipe.
Tremblant as a resort and settlement dates back to the 19th Century when the first locomotive put it on the map in 1892. Later in 1938 a gold prospector named Joseph Bondurant Ryan climbed the summit of the ‘mountain of spirits’ and vowed to make its beauty known to all and only a year later the Mont Tremblant Lodge opened. By 2001 and a cool $850million later, the Lodge is now where the picturesque pedestrian village of Tremblant stands and it continues to enchant visitors as it did Joseph Ryan so many years ago.
With increased tourism and visitor demands so is there an increased requirement for accommodation. As the resort evolves there are plans to build two more alpine villages on the north side and on the versant Soleil of the mountain, John Prior, Principal of Undiscovered Properties, has already seen this opportunity and is promoting log homes for sale close to the slopes. John states, “Mont Tremblant appeals to so many throughout the whole year but of course the winter season brings with it snow and with some European destinations floundering under a lack of the white stuff the demand for the Canadian ski resorts is on the rise. It is not only Canadians who like to get away to the fresh clean air of the mountains but interest from the international markets is strong even with the economy as it is.
“As well as those looking to use the homes themselves, many buyers are purchasing properties speculatively, looking to rent out their log homes to tourists and so far owners haven’t been disappointed. Rentals have increased every month to the point we were sold out in the height of the summer and are also sold out for Christmas/New Year. We estimate 60-80% occupancy for next year based on the trends we have seen.”
Undiscovered Properties is offering La Grande Foret, nestled in acres of unspoilt maple, cherry and pine forests only 5 minutes from the village of Tremblant. Properties will be rustic log and custom timber homes built with expert Quebec craftsmanship. You can choose to invest in a 3, 4 or 5 bedroom property, with log homes starting at £365,000/ €429,000
And for those looking to purchase an investment ski log timber lodge on an already completing project at Fiddler Lake, night-skiing capital of Canada, properties are being offered from £215,000/€253,000 and for those interested in making a ski-inspection visit over the winter, the developer is offering a CAD$2:£1 exchange rate deal on the deposit paid, if exchanged contracts by March 09, making that a whopping 12.5% discount on the deposit and with mortgages easily available, this makes for an attractive offer
 
If you want to wake up to the cool freshness of the Mont Tremblant mountain air then speak to Undiscovered Properties and ask about their subsidised ‘ski-inspection visits’ over a long weekend. Tel: 0870 7347968, Web: www.undiscoveredproperties.com.
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Further properties on the market:
 
Eagles Ridge Golf and Country Club, Canada
Exclusive 3, 4, 5 and 6 bedroom lodges found on the border of the Mont Tremblant National Park. Prices start from £280,000 / $573,000 for more information contact Undiscovered Properties on 0870 7347968, email contact@undiscoveredproperties.com or visit www.undiscoveredproperties.com
 
 
Mont Tremblant snow information:
Snow conditions
·                                 Average annual snowfall: 382cm / 150 inches
Annual Precipitations
·                                 Precipitation 2007-2008 : 600 cm (236″)
·                                 Precipitation 2006-2007 : 301 cm (119″)
·                                 Precipitation 2005-2006 : 432 cm (170″)
·                                 Precipitation 2004-2005 : 302 cm (119″)
·                                 Precipitation 2003-2004 : 404 cm (162″)
·                                 Precipitation 2002-2003 : 416 cm (166″)
·                                 Precipitation 2001-2002 : 358 cm (143″)
·                                 Precipitation 2000-2001 : 348 cm (140´´)
·                                 Precipitation 1999-2000 : 343 cm (138´´)
·                                 Precipitation 1997-1998 : 280 cm (112´´)
·                                 Precipitation 1996-1997 : 482 cm (190´´)

The French Connection

Canada

If you are looking for that ‘je ne sais quoi’ for your chosen ski destination this year then you are likely to jet over to the popular French Alps or Pyrenees, however if it is the French that you love and the ultimate skiing buzz is your game then 6 hours on a plane in the opposite direction will take you to the heart of French speaking skiing on the other side of the pond… Canada!

For those of you that know your piste from your après ski then you’ll know that talk has turned to Canada since it has been selected for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver and the reception from residents and visitors alike has been far from icy. Canada, already famed for its abundant great outdoors, active living and the four seasons of which winter is debatably most popular, has received a record $2.1 billion income from overseas visitors in the second quarter of 2008, up 5.6% from 2007 as 24.7% more travellers stepped ashore; this trend is only set to increase as the Olympics get closer meaning further improvements to infrastructure and facilities for visitors.
Going head to head with the western ski centre of Vancouver, the eastern coastal provinces are home to some of the best ski resorts as voted by the Canadians themselves. Mont Tremblant in Quebec has been ranked No. 1 in 2008 by Ski Magazine for eighth consecutive year, a testament to its superb facilities: 94 different runs served by 13 state of the art lifts, groomed slopes of all grades to suit skiers and snowboarders of differing abilities, with wide cruising runs, powder bowls and snow parks for freestylers.
The French connection to this region is evident, 89% of all French visitors to Canada chose Quebec because of the shared language and multicultural population and just as we love their taste in wine, we Brits apparently admire the French taste for travel and living too. In 2006, 6,500 British citizens made up their minds to emigrate permanently to Canada. This makes Canada one of the UK’s top ten emigration destinations and also makes the UK the largest inbound travel market other than the US.
“The combination of the Winter Olympics appeal, guaranteed snow and increased popularity by those looking to relocate has had a knock on effect to the property markets where the demand is set to soar,” according to John Prior, Principal of Undiscovered Properties.
“Canada is simply magnifique! It is rich in culture and offers variety in terms of the landscape, activities and people, most importantly in today’s economic climate Canada has the world’s most stable banking system according to the World Economic Forum. We are already seeing a rise in the number of people who are of course looking for their dream ski home but also those who are seeking a break from the bleakness of the UK.”
On the market:
For that French vibe on new shores – Eagles Ridge Golf and Country Club, Canada
Exclusive 3, 4, 5 and 6 bedroom lodges found on the border of the Mont Tremblant National Park, only 15 minutes drive from the Mont Tremblant ski resort and merely 90 minutes from the cosmopolitan city of Montreal and its international airport. Prices start from £249,000 / $500,000
Or for the perfect “on-mountain” location, consider La Grande Foret, MtTremblant with magnificent 4-6 bedroom log and frame build homes each in 3 acre lots over-looking the ski mountain and also Lac Tremblant and only 5 minutes from the heart of Mont Tremblant, and with prices for both property and lot starting from £345,000 / $690,000 it’s the place to be. For more information contact Undiscovered Properties on 0870 7347968, email contact@undiscoveredproperties.com or visit www.undiscoveredproperties.com
For more information contact Undiscovered Properties on 0870 7347968 or visit www.undiscoveredproperties.com. And check out their subsidised ‘ski-inspection visits’ over a long weekend
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Notes to editors:
 

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Why Canada Deserves a Second Look for a Second Home

Canada

 

Despite the economic woes facing America, its neighbour Canada is much better placed to weather the global financial storm with its strong levels of employment, its oil and gas reserves and the fact that it has enjoyed 10 consecutive years of balanced budgets. Therefore many people are taking a second look at Canada as a place to potentially live and work, retire or perhaps invest in a second home. A stable economy, a low crime environment, a very high standard of living, relatively affordable property prices and a more liberal attitude to immigration also all mean that Canada really is an excellent choice.
For those contemplating a diversification of their financial affairs or who are in search of a robust yet profitable property market, the Canadian real estate landscape really is well worth closer inspection. There are pockets of the nation where one can find the perfect balance between well-priced and attractive properties that have maximum second home and tourism rental appeal. Areas such as Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Eastern North America’s #1 ski resort, Nova Scotia or St Sauveur have all come onto the radar for domestic and international property investors and holiday home seekers in recent months, as a greater awareness has arisen of just how universally popular Canada is as a vacation destination. Previously lesser-known provinces such as Quebec are now known for benefiting buyers by the very fact that they are more affordably priced because demand for real estate over the years has been less intense. They also potentially profit investors because the reputation of an area such as Mont Tremblant, Quebec has risen due to it being thought of as the best ski resort in Eastern North America and because of its celebrity appeal – Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, both renowned property investors, have an estate in Mont Tremblant with an incredible view of the mountain for example.
For those seeking the most versatile property in Canada, again an area like Mont Tremblant, Quebec is ideal because the winter season starts as early as November and runs well into April, and then the summer season kicks in – and with its golf courses, fabulous lakes, hiking and biking trails, Mont Tremblant is a true four seasons resort. This gives owners of a second home all year to enjoy their property, and it gives those who want to raise an income from their real estate investment purchase a 12-month rental season. Now, because of the very nature of the resort – i.e., it is famed for its stunning scenery, the fresh air, lush forests, clean lakes and rivers – it is also an area of Canada where the planners and developers are very careful to remain faithful and sensitive to the inimitably perfect surroundings. This gives those who have an environmental conscience peace of mind when looking for real estate too. Developers such as the Walker Corporation are leading the way with their 46˚ North resort of environmentally sustainable log home hideaways set within a 500 acre rolling estate on the edges of Lake Mitchell and the Parc National du Mont-Tremblant.
According to Lang Walker, Executive Chairman of Walker Corporation: “those looking to buy a home overseas should definitely consider investing in a property in East Canada. Despite the global economic crisis the country has remained relatively unscathed and is in a strong economic position – appealing to those looking to make a safe investment in high quality property. Areas such as Mont Tremblant in Quebec, where we’re currently 46˚ North, have a greater appeal as they provide excellent winter sports and outdoor pursuits facilities. The province of Quebec is also predicted to continue growing in 2009 which should provide further reassurance to those looking to buy.”
The latest edition of Next Big Thing from Real Estate TV specifically focuses on Canada’s appeal as a second home location, particularly with those attracted to the new wave of eco-friendly property designs that Canada’s developing a world-class reputation for. RETV also has a special feature on the resort of Mont Tremblant; it identifies the fact that as greater numbers of people are beginning to see that the resort is not just a #1 ski destination, but that it has massive year round appeal, is within reach of vibrant, chic and sophisticated Montreal and its international air links, so demand for rental and resale real estate could follow.
Next Big Thing: Canada premiers on Tuesday 11th November at 23.30, and Mont Tremblant Focus premiers on Wednesday 12th November at 19.30. Tune in to Real Estate TV on Sky Channels 262 and 263 and on demand at www.realestatetv.tv.

What do the dog, property, jail and three of Canada’s most popular cities have in common?

Canada

 

For the avid player of one of the most famous games in the world, Monopoly, the answer may have been obvious. Monopoly Here & Now, the world version of the game was announced on August 20th 2008 featuring 3 of Canada’s most cosmopolitan cities making it the most popular country on the board.
 
Monopoly’s popularity has seen various versions being created, from a special World War 2 version that was delivered to prisoners of war by the Red Cross, to UK regional versions still being made by Hasbro the corporate parent company to the Parker Brothers who still own the registered trademark for the game. The game even holds the title of “the most played (commercial) board game in the world” by the Guinness Book of records having been played by over 750 million people.
 
Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto all appear on the new board along with 19 other cities including Jerusalem, London and Hong Kong. So how did 3 of Canada’s cities end up being featured in this epic game?
 
Sometimes considered a poorer relation to the United States or overlooked as a leading economy of the world in favour of the UK and the US for example, Canada is actually the one nation that is quietly thriving in these times of financial insecurity.
 
Canada is first among G8 countries when it comes to the quality of life it offers its citizens, it is first when it comes to having the lowest cost of living, and first in terms of enjoying the lowest unemployment rate – and what’s more, Canada’s property market is not only prospering, it’s offering increasing numbers of overseas buyers an affordable way to own a stunning and accessible second, retirement or permanent home abroad.
 
Canada is also one of the most culturally diverse nations on the planet, with a welcoming policy for people looking to relocate. Canada received a record number of immigrants in 2007, some 429,649 permanent residents, temporary foreign workers, and foreign students – more than 60,000 higher than four years ago according to a report by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. In 2006, 6,542 British citizens emigrated permanently, making Canada one the UK’s top ten emigration destinations.
 
So rolling the dice and hoping you land on the ideal location for your overseas property does not have to be left to chance anymore. You could go as far as to say it is even easier than Monopoly to win in property when purchasing in Canada. Take for example the Eagles Ridge Golf and Country Club, is a luxury resort nestled in just under 2000 acres of pristine woodland, and is surrounding 5 freshwater lakes. This beautiful resort is only 15 minutes drive from Mont Tremblant, eastern Canada’s premiere ski resort and only 90 minutes away from the cosmopolitan city of Montreal. 
 
Eagles Ridge Golf and Country club will have a Graham Cooke designed 18 hole golf course at the heart of its development, you can choose if you would like your property to feature lake views or if you would like views of the stunning course. An onsite shop and boutique area are found alongside the clubhouse and restaurant that offer fantastic facilities that make the community of Eagles Ridge Golf and Country Club a unique, relaxing and majestic experience. 
 
These exclusive 3, 4, 5 and 6 bedroom lodges all with unique styles and features start from £250,000 / $500,000 for more information contact Undiscovered Properties on 0870 7347968, email contact@undiscoveredproperties.com or visit www.undiscoveredproperties.com
 

Top ten reasons to buy in Canada

Canada

 

Canada is growing in reputation as one of the worlds premiere tourist and relocation destinations; people flock to Canada for its wide open spaces, friendly people and stunning landscape. With 2007 seeing a record number of people choosing Canada as their home, so what attracts so many to purchase in this vast North American country?
 
1: The Four Seasons 
Canada is the second largest country in the world and is the genuine 4 season destination with ‘snow-sure’ winters, blooming spring, balmy summer with temperatures reaching lazily above 30 degrees centigrade. Canada experiences a spectacular Autumn which is renowned across the world, Fall (Autumn) is many peoples favourite time of year, bringing its unique mix of colour and foliage, many people make the trip  just to see this beautiful changing of the seasons.  
 
2: Good Living
Canada is regularly listed by the United Nations (UN) as one of the 10 best places in the world to live. With low population density, abundance of fresh water, universal healthcare, excellent education and low tuition fees it is no wonder that Canada is regularly placed so highly on the UN list. Rankings are compiled by using 42 factors covering political and economic stability, crime, pollution, health, environment, education, infrastructure and leisure facilities.
 
3: Colourful Canadians
Canada is one of the most culturally diverse nations on the planet, with a welcoming policy for people looking to relocate. Canada received a record number of immigrants in 2007, some 429,649 permanent residents, temporary foreign workers, and foreign students – more than 60,000 higher than four years ago according to a report by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. In 2006, 6,542 British citizens emigrated permanently, making Canada one the UK’s top ten emigration destinations.
 
4: Bilingual Canada and the Quebecois
Canada is officially a bilingual nation speaking French and English, though French is mainly spoken in Quebecbut everybody speaks English. Settled in the 1600’s Quebec is the centre of French culture in Canada, and its capital Quebec City retains an air of old Europe about it making it a unique cosmopolitan destination. Canada is justly proud of its French and English heritages and has developed into a world leader at teaching second languages, so it’s never to late for you to improve your French tongue.
 
5: Cultural Festivals
Canadians know how to throw a great party including world famous festivals that attract visitors from around the globe. Some of Canada’s most popular festivals include; The Calgary Stampede – a ten day exhibition and the worlds richest rodeo event that has been running since 1912. Montreal is renowned for its cosmopolitan culture and is famed for hosting the Montreal annual Jazz Festival and also motor racings F1 circuit. Not forgetting, the Quebec Winter Carnival and the Celtic Colours Festival in Nova Scotia. With so many great events it’s easy to see why Canada has a growing reputation for showing visitors a good time.  
 
6: Natural Wonders
Canada boasts some of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world, with the majestic Niagara Falls, the Rocky Mountains and a multitude of pristine national parks to choose from it’s easy to see why Canadians place such a high value on their natural environment. Canada currently boasts 42 national parks and national reserves located in every province and territory. Canada offers a diverse range of natural beauty, from the rugged coastlines of British Columbia, the immense Rocky mountain ranges, the wide open spaces of the prairie lands and of course the Aurora Borealis – The Aurora Oval, the area in which the Northern Lights occurs most often covers a huge part of Canada. 
 
7: Outdoor Activities
One of the advantages of having all of Canada’s great outdoors on your doorstep is being able to fully exploit the range of possible sporting activities. With mountains, trails and spectacular lakes, Canada offers some of the worlds best locations for outdoor pursuits. Canada boasts world class snowboarding and skiing resorts, like  Mont Tremblant a ski  resort, about 90 minutes north of Montréal, a swimming lake in the summer and 7 golf courses, its little wonder Mt Tremblant was recognised by Ski Magazine as the number one ski resort in eastern North America for eight consecutive years. Besides skiing Canada also has some of the world’s best fishing rivers, hiking trails and mountain biking routes. Canada’s abundance of lakes also means that great kayaking, canoeing and sailing are never far away. 
 
8: Animal Magic
Canada provides opportunities for some of the most spectacular animal encounters on the planet; from the Polar Bears of Churchill Manitoba, to the Humpbacks Whales of the western coast, they are sights that never cease to amaze visitors. Many companies have created expertly guided eco-tourism trips, like riding the Tundra buggies in Churchill, a method which offers unprecedented access to the hundreds of Polar Bears that congregate near the town each year to await the freezing of the sea ice. And if Whales and Polar Bears aren’t enough the forests of Canada are home to Caribou, Grizzly Bears and Wolves, so there really is something for every one. 
 
9: City Chic
Canadian cities are being universally accepted as some the most attractive places to reside, rated highly for access to education, low crime rates, cultural diversity and excellent health care Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal have all been commended for their cleanliness, safety, diversity and their cultural and social activities.
 
10: Great Property to choose from
Canada is becoming an increasingly popular place to buy property, whether for a holiday home or somewhere to set up nest in. With an expanding tourist industry, foreign investors are also being encouraged to purchase properties for buy-to-lets in order to satisfy the increasing tourism demand. If you plan on holidaying yourself or living in your property though, whether it’s for a tranquil retreat or Mecca for golf and skiing, Canada has it all. 
 
Take for example the Eagles Ridge Golf and Country club, is a luxury resort nestled in 18,000 acres of pristine woodland, and is surrounded by 5 freshwater lakes. This beautiful resort is only 15 minutes drive from Mont Tremblant, eastern Canada’s premiere ski resort and only 90 minutes away from the cosmopolitan city of Montreal. 
 
Eagles Ridge Golf and Country club has a designer 18 hole golf course at the heart of its development, you can choose if you would like your property to feature lake views or if you would like views of the stunning course. An onsite shop and boutique area are found alongside clubhouses and restaurants that offer fantastic facilities that make the community of Eagles Ridge Golf and Country Club a unique, relaxing and majestic experience. 
 
These exclusive 3, 4, 5 and 6 bedroom lodges all with unique styles and features start from £280,000 for more information contact Undiscovered Properties on 0870 7347968, email contact@undiscoveredproperties.com or visit www.undiscoveredproperties.com
 
 
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Editors Note:
 
La Grande Forêt, Mont Tremblant, Canada
 

A selection of 3, 4 or 5 bedroom timber or log homes set within an exclusive gated community of the Mont Tremblant region of Canada. Stunning scenery, first class skiing and extremely varied choice of activities are offered along with luxury onsite facilities. All homes are set within approximately 3 acres of land and built with the finest natural materials. Prices start at £437,000 for a log home and £345,000 for a timber home. For more information contact Undiscovered Properties on 0870 7347968, email contact@undiscoveredproperties.com or visit www.undiscoveredproperties.com

Nova Scotia hails a ‘New Start’ for many miserable Brits…

Canada

 

It is not new news that the general mood in Britain is down. Hiked fuel prices, the mortgage crisis, youth violence and the general credit crunch are all to blame, and often highlighted so in the media. It is as a result of this negative feeling at the state of Britain today that many people are making the decision to start a new life abroad – with the Office of National Statistics reporting that 385,000 Brits emigrating from the country in 2007.
 
A great deal of those leaving the UK for a new life abroad choose to do so in a country where English is predominantly spoken and where they feel they can keep the benefits of UK-living yet combine them with the appeals of a new shore. Canada is one such country that has always had great appeal to the British, with estimated figures for British tourists arriving in Canada at 908,000 in 2007, and many of those visiting choosing to make the country their new home.
 
It is not only the language that appeals to those emigrating from the UK, the four season climate and the similar culture have always attracted emigrants, but given the current economic climate and negative feeling in Britain, it is the high quality of life and the fact that Canada remains mostly unaffected by the global economic slump that is drawing more and more people to its shores.
 
If it is the similarities to Britain that attract many people to move to Canada, it is clear why Nova Scotia is one Canadian area growing in popularity. Literally ‘New Scotland’, Nova Scotia is in some respects a home from home, with nearly 30% of the population of Scottish heritage and the climate similar to that of northern Europe. Latest (as yet unreleased) figures from the Canadian Tourism Commission show a 40% increase in visitor numbers to the area from 2006 to 2007 (up to 27,000) and this hot new area of Canada is set to attract more and more visitors if early indications from 2008 are to be believed.
 
Dubbed ‘Canada’s Ocean Playground’ with a marina, waterside living, sailing and whale watching, Nova Scotia has much to offer those who like life by the water or simply enjoy the great outdoors. Direct flights are also available from the UK to Halifax in Nova Scotia and a transfer flight can be taken to the popular and award winning island of Cape Breton a growing emigrant destination.
 
Cape Breton Island was first explored in 1497 by Italian John Cabot and the Cabot Heritage Trail on the island still celebrates this, where visitors can follow in his first footsteps. 2006 saw Cape Breton, Nova Scotia ranked the 4th Best Island to Live On by Conde Nast and this year, 2008, the island was voted the best island destination in Canada and the USA, and 10th in the World by Travel & Leisure magazine. The history of the island can be celebrated in Louisbourg, a charming seaside town located on its eastern shores. 2008 is set to see the 250th anniversary of the 2nd Siege of the Fortress of Louisbourg and various summer events will be taking place with cultural heritage days throughout July and siege re-enactments and fireworks on 26th July.
 
To take advantage of the proud history of the island 2 to 5 bedroom lodges, set on 1 acre plots can be bought on the Louisbourg Resort Golf & Spa , set on the edge of the Grand Lake. With fantastic facilities including 2 Nick Faldo-designed 18-hole championship golf courses, The ‘Fortress’ and also a par 3 executive course. The golf courses will become part of the circuit for golf enthusiasts of Internationally acclaimed golf courses on the Island. In addition, amenities will include bars, restaurants, European Spa, gym, tennis and squash courts, equestrian centre and airstrip for light planes, and a unique setting the Louisbourg Resort Golf & Spa is the ideal location for a second home or for relocation.
 
The island with its International ranking as top destination makes Cape Breton a must visit venue with a firmly established tourism business, as Cape Breton Island is accessible by land, sea and air from neighbouring Canadian and US states and well an International clientele. All this will combine to make rental returns to investor clients an important consideration in their choice of where to invest.
 
Both the mountains and the ocean are very accessible and boast activities that include skiing, diving, snowmobiling and hiking. Each property on the resort comes with a basement, sauna and Jacuzzi as standard and is built to a very high standard. An ecologically friendly in-floor or geothermal heating and air conditioning system is also installed in each property. Prices start from £215,000/ €269,600 and for more information contact Undiscovered Properties on 0870 7347968, email contact@undiscoveredproperties.com or visit www.undiscoveredproperties.com.
 

Canadian homes with a certain je ne sais quoi!

Canada

 

July marks the 400th anniversary of the establishment of Quebec City
 
Canada is an evergreen and ever-popular nation with would-be British expatriates and it is becoming an increasingly popular choice with those in search of the ultimate lifestyle property too.  Because of the vast size of the nation, Canada generally offers a buyer far more real estate for their property pound or dollar, and because the country is a first world, leading tourism centre offering world-class amenities and facilities as well as being home to some of the world’s most striking natural scenery, Canada really can be said to have it all.
 
The only problem with such a popular and vast nation for those seeking a lifestyle second home or a property investment of maximum interest to potential tourism tenant demand is that it can be hard to know where to start looking if you want to find a Canadian home with a certain ‘je ne sais quoi!’  However, those who know the nation such as John Prior, Principal of Undiscovered Properties, know full well that: “Quebec province is rapidly becoming the lifestyle home seekers’ choice because of its inimitable blend of history, heritage, tourism appeal and unique mix of Canadian and French culture and style.”
 
According to Prior: “2008 is a very significant year for Quebec too, it is the 400th anniversary of the establishment of Quebec City, and all year many major events and celebrations have been organised throughout the province to mark this historic milestone.  These events have been used by the province as a way of further marketing the appeal of Quebec to the wider world, and on the 3rd of July, which is the anniversary date of the establishment of Quebec City, the ‘Happy Birthday Quebec’ festival will begin.
 
This major event is expected to draw record numbers of international visitors to the city, and it will be a great time for celebrating and also showcasing the wider province.  Quebec is described as ‘a four season outdoor playground’ because of its mountains and lakes, its ski runs and protected wilderness areas, and as a result it is already hugely popular with North American visitors who love the great outdoors and who embrace the unique cultural flavour of this fabulous province.”
 
Many of those who have visited the province have also realised that it is one of the most affordable in Canada for real estate, and this has led to Quebec becoming home to a certain number of high-end, exclusive communities where real estate is prized.  It is in these communities where there has been an intensification of international property interest as well; locations such as Mont Tremblant – North America’s number one ski resort – have become particularly desirable as they offer the ultimate blend of high-end real estate with luxury lifestyle.
 
Mont Tremblant lies north of Montreal, it is a stunning resort surrounded by acres of maple, cherry and pine forest, and the town has spectacular views of mountains, springs and streams.  The location offers a relaxed pace of life with fantastic shopping and fabulous restaurants, or for the more adventurous the area is famous for its skiing as well as its rock-climbing, water sports, hiking, horse riding and 7 championship golf courses.  
 
Five minutes from the resort and situated in the best elevated position in the entire community is the elite La Grande Forêt development of exclusive estate sized homes.  Featuring 72 homes on plots averaging 3 acres, La Grande Forêt is certainly a community of Canadian homes offering that certain ‘je ne sais qua!’  Each property features open fireplaces, two-storey Great Rooms, vaulted ceilings and state of the art, luxury fixtures, fittings and appliances.  What’s more, the resort style development includes a range of five star amenities such as the Grand Clubhouse and swimming pool.
 
These rustic log and custom timber homes which use expert Quebec craftsmanship and the finest natural materials of stone, wood and granite are remarkably affordable and make fantastic lifestyle or pure investment choices.  They start from £403,000/€527,000 for log homes and £442,000/€578,000 for timber properties, for more information contact Undiscovered Properties on 0870 7347968 or visit www.undiscoveredproperties.com.