We took a closer look at the land down the street today. 100 acres, so it's nice and big. An all-season maintained road hits the one corner of the lot at a high point, perfect for building. It's got tons of hills and very varied terrain. There are some wide open fields (currently dotted with cedars, hawthorn, prickley ash, and the typical stuff). There's also some very large cedar and pine growth, as well as some giant oaks, maples, poplars, apple trees, and others.
The low lying areas have some swamp and marsh, and an all-year creek runs through the lowland. The far edge of the property is bordered by an abandoned railroad track that is now a maintained government snowmobile line. There are gigantic boulders that dot the property, and there are game trails everywhere so it's very easy to traverse, although it's easy to get lost because it's so up and down. The property is covered in birds and deer and is an absolute wilderness dream — with the kicker that it's just minutes off the biggest highway in Canada.
Here's some of the pictures I took today:
That's just with my video camera, so pardon the resolution. It was snowing and rather hazy so it's a bit desaturated… This is definitely one of the most impressive low-cost properties I've seen so far.