Welcome to your new home in Baxter, Ontario – a place “Where Town and Country Meet.” Where you can enjoy peace and quiet while being conveniently close to all you could need. Where neighbours genuinely care for one another and are invested in their community. Where you can get out and explore the great outdoors. Where life feels like a throwback to a simpler time, but you have all the modern amenities you could need.
It's time to slow down, enjoy all that life has to offer, and discover why Baxter is one of the best places to call home.
Living in Baxter allows you to get out and explore. Head over to Baxter Tract, a 3.5 kilometre dirt loop trail that is good for all skill levels and offers the chance to see wildlife. For a larger variety of activities, check out the Tiffin Centre for Conservation, a four season destination for environmental recreation and education. Leash up your furry friend and enjoy a quiet walk or grab your gear and bike, cross-country ski, or snowshoe on 17 kilometres of trails that take you through wetlands, forests, open meadows, and lake beds. Take a quick drive north to Snow Valley Ski Resort in Barrie where you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and snowshoeing. Whether you’re a newbie or a pro (or maybe prefer to stay fireside at the café), there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
While a quaint, small-town feeling may seem like something you’ll only find in a Hallmark movie, it’s truly the lifestyle you’ll find in Baxter. There are plenty of opportunities to join in and get to know your neighbours with events planned throughout the year that not only bring joy but also help the larger community. The Annual Tree Lighting Event kicks off holiday cheer with carolers and an appearance from Santa while non-perishable food donations are collected to help local food banks. Let the little ones connect and socialize at the public library with a Little Ones’ Storytime and Wiggles & Giggles Baby Group. Foster growth in teens and young adults with workshops designed to build their confidence and give them tools to ensure their success in the future. Stay active in your golden years with the Seniors Walking & Exercise club where, rain or shine, you’ll get out and get your body moving. When the community is invested in one another, it's easier to know when something is out of place in your neighbourhood. Because of this small-town, close-knit feeling, it’s not surprising that Baxter has an A+ safety rating with incident rates 55% lower than the national average.
Living in a quaint community has plenty of perks, but sometimes you crave a bit more excitement. Fortunately, being just 20 minutes from the highway means you have easy access to whatever you need – work, shopping, dining, and more. In Barrie, you can check out Georgian Mall, the largest enclosed shopping centre, or Bayfield Mall and its collection of brand name retailers. In Cookstown, you have the Tanger Outlets where you can enjoy over 75 brand name outlet stores. Satisfy any food craving with your choice of cuisines from around the world at some of the top restaurants in Alliston. Whether you’re feeling adventurous and want to try Italian, Thai, or Indian or want some comforting classics like steaks, good old-fashioned diner eats, or burgers and poutine, you can’t make a wrong choice. The question you’ll find yourself asking won’t be “What do I want to eat?” – it’s going to be “What do I want to eat first?”