We are just celebrating our third Christmas in Elliot Lake and as 2019 appears on the horizon I recollect a conversation I had with my husband nearly 20 years ago.
He was retiring and the discussion of moving came up – I suggested Elliot Lake. He was shocked and surprised and asked why? The truthful answer was I had no idea, but the location and beautiful scenery appealed to me. Well he said I hate to say this, but you are far too young to live in that area, I am several years younger than him. There would be nothing there for you to do, he continued. I relented and agreed. It was in fact a good move as I began to enjoy a tremendously successful business career.
Then three years ago, I decided to retire, again I suggested Elliot Lake an area that I would still love to reside in. On September 2016, we flew to Sudbury, drove to Elliot Lake, viewed several homes, purchased one, flew back and seven days later our house was sold – it was a done deal.
Now I wonder why I wanted to move to this scenic part of Ontario. I love the area and people, shopping is a little sparse, but online has now become a fact of life and anything is available. I love driving around Elliot Lake seeing the hills and greenery, and never tire of the view from my window.
I hate the fact that the health service needs to be overhauled within the area plus no one mentioned if you need to see a specific specialist it was either drive to Sudbury or Sault Ste. Marie! I hate the idea that as I progress into my golden years, there might be a need to drive a minimum of two hours one-way (already done several times this year) to ensure I can stay healthy to enjoy them.
Was my husband right originally all those years ago? Elliot Lake is being actively promoted as a retirement area. Therefore, do I wish to continue to have this love/hate relationship with my final career in life?