Note: The opinions expressed on this website are those of the author. It is best to gather information from several sources before making a decision to purchase rural property, and this website does not purport to discuss all the issues that might arise. This information is provided on a "use at your own risk" basis and the author assumes no liability for subsequent use of the information provided here.


There is nothing like being able to look out of the window of your home to watch the interplay of sunlight and waves on the water. While the dream of owning your own waterfront property is totally impossible in most places in the world, there are still several locations in Canada where waterfront is highly affordable, and our area is one of them.

In fact, while it is beyond our personal budget, a developer who is client of our website company, once came in with information about a listing for an entire lake and 600 acres of property. Imagine that, owning an entire lake!

(Sorry ... now sold)







Your waterfront lot should be geared to your interests and how you plan to use your water access. If you are interested in sailing or cruising to distant locations you will need to purchase property on one of the larger waterway systems. Once you have access to Lake Ontario, for example, you could sail to Florida, if you wish.

If your interests are more in canoeing, kayaking or using a paddle boat, you can easily accommodate those on properties that are on small lakes and rivers. The prices for these properties are substantially lower.


Somewhat ironically, water (drinking water) can be an issue in some areas that are on the waterfront. The most economical way to establish a well on these properties is to have a "shore well" which is usually a dug well located about 10 - 15' away from the high water mark on the shoreline. Because of the interplay of this water source with the lake or river you are building on, the quality of the water can be influenced by the quality of water around it. See this section for more information.

Generally, regulations call for building homes no closer than 100' from the high water mark on the shoreline. This is to prevent any possibility of water damage to a home through flooding or high water during a storm.

Worth Looking For:

Despite these cautions, finding a home on the waterfront is a goal well-worth pursuing. One unexpected pleasure is that seeing the effect of the wind on the water, watching the clouds move in across a broad expanse of water, seeing the ice break up and move out in the spring - these things and many more help you to feel much more attuned to the natural rhythms of nature.

Copyright, Bob Foster, 2015