There’s an increasing trend among those who work in Alberta, to take the trade off between a longer commute and better weather.

After the harsh winter, many are now looking to B.C. and the area of Okanagan, not for recreational property, but for their main home.

With good transport links, lower real estate prices and a warmer climate, the Okanagan offers an attractive alternative to Alberta.

There has been a lot of interest from those in the gas and oil industry and airlines have already seized on that market for direct flights to Calgary and Fort McMurray. The draw of a better climate and flights of only an hour to Calgary means that this market is set to continue to grow and the demand will be an added bonus for those investing in property in this emerging market.

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