As it turned out, the middle of nowhere is in Northern Ontario, so this is where my folks settled. My dad wanted to settle way into the bush, far away from any trace of civilisation. Fortunately, my mom intervened, as us four 'kids' were in school age (aged 6 to 13 at the time). As such, we only had to spend two hours on the school bus each day, which is pretty moderate for Northern Ontario.
Northern Ontario is very beautiful in the summer, with reliably good weather that is always pleasantly warm but not overbearingly hot. A great place to spend your summer vacation. Not as good a place to live year round, in my opinion.
Another downside of Northern Ontario is that there are very few jobs, and even fewer jobs for somebody with an university education. As my siblings and I all have university degrees, none of us lives within 500 km of home at this point. I find this somewhat unfortunate.
My folks used to earn a living by renting out housekeeping cottages in the summer. My folks bought an older tourist camp called Amogla Camp on Rock Lake in Northern Ontario on moving to Canada. The original camp was from the 1940's and 50's and did not include indoor plumbing. Over a 10 year period, we tore down all the original cottages, and built more modern ones. The cottages are furnished entirely with furniture my dad built. The cottages were always booked solid through the next summer by the fall. Presently, my parents are retired, and only some of the cottages get rented out.
My dad also used to make custom furniture for people during the rest of the year. This has always been lucky for me, as it meant having access to a large and well equipped workshop, as well as lumber. I now have my own, but much smaller workshop
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