BUY A SECOND ( TINY) HOUSE
The classic second-home scenario—a cottage in Muskoka or a tasteful little villa on the French Riviera—has always been seen as something for the well-to-do. But think again: The affordable-tiny-house movement has hit Canada in a big way. TV shows like Tiny House Nation, Tiny House Builders and Tiny House, Big Living depict appealingly scaled-down lives. Terrace, B.C., is home to Canada’s very first “micro-village” of tiny houses, and the quirky problems of tiny-house dwellers in Stratford, Ont., were explored in a blog called “Our Wee House.” If you’re willing to do much of the grunt work and can find a parcel of land, you can construct your own 19-square-metre house for as little as $30,000.