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Bugging out from the Niagara Region

RachelM
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Bugging out from the Niagara Region

Postby RachelM » Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:01 am

Although our current property is rural, we're surrounded by city and subdivisions are rapidly encroaching by the year. Wondering if any other Niagara or southern Ontario preppers have given thought to bug out areas? I know that my car can go 550-600km maximum on a tank of gas fully loaded, and there are a lot of affordable options up north that may be just barely within that distance, but they would require using major highways through Toronto/GTA and other urban areas, or detouring around them in a way that would add too much mileage. Wondering if anyone has any suggestions for areas to check out? In the future I'd love to actually purchase land and begin a homestead of sorts (Which would potentially solve the travel issue), but I need an area to plan for in the interim.
Any other preppers in the area looking to plan as a group would be great also, or even from surrounding areas looking to plan in a central location? Feel free to PM!
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Bob Scott
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Re: Bugging out from the Niagara Region

Postby Bob Scott » Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:18 am

Hi, New here and am looking into all possibilities re stick in place (St Catharines area), move, though North is not in the plan as Hudsons Bay-south could be a potential splash-over depending on the type of national emergency. Have auto and most outdoor equipment; was once a yearly winter-camper. Best chance zone Maps are beginning to pop-up and I feel this general area may Not be the worst choice (300' SL elevation) and am located miles west of Lake Ontario. Have vehicle, inflatable w/both electric and gas motor. AC Generator, chainsaw etc..
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Re: Bugging out from the Niagara Region

Postby woodbooger » Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:41 am

That's a good question RachelM. Ive been mulling it over for a while now and have decided that the odds of getting past the GTA area or going west and getting past the 401 corridor are slim to none unless you leave before everything goes for a crap. Even normal rush hour traffic is a pain.
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Re: Bugging out from the Niagara Region

Postby henry » Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:53 pm

I live in Muskoka and if anything happened I would just like everybody else defend my property. people that have property in here will try to get fast in them. What I am saying ,the best solution is to at least own property in Northern Ont.
I know property's are not cheap ,but once a while I see advertised some good property for VERY reasonable price and I believe that would be anyhow good investment.
That how I got my property .You just have to watch and grab it.
Henry
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Bob Scott
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Re: Bugging out from the Niagara Region

Postby Bob Scott » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:59 am

As far as Niburo aka Wormwood, Red Dragon, Planet X... Stay away from the great lakes. Lake Huron could be a huge potential problem throughout southern Ontario as soon as September (ref: Ed Dames; David Meade).
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Re: Bugging out from the Niagara Region

Postby StevenB » Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:10 pm

One of the first preps I added, Rachel, was gasoline. I keep a full tank's worth of stabilized premium gas in 20L containers (to keep it from getting too stale, I use it in my lawn mower and snowblower, and refill each container as it empties out). That gives me some extra range. Depending on your discipline, you may want to increase that amount -- most of us don't keep our tanks full.

Obviously, you'll be heading west at first. I am assuming you'll want to avoid the QEW and take 20, 3, or tertiary roads. The main natural barrier will be the Grand River. It has surprisingly few crossing points, so I'd suggest your first goal be to cross it, either at Dunnville, Cayuga, York, or Caledonia. It will also be a constraint for GTA traffic heading south, so you'll be ahead of the game once you're west of it.

From there, you have a range of options. There is a lot of sparsely populated agricultural land both north and south of the 403/401, though north offers more options (Lake Erie gets in the way pretty quick if you choose to head south). I would aim to be north of Stratford and west of Kitchener, perhaps around Listowel, within about 4 hours of making the decision to bug out. From there, you can work your way northeast and squeeze between Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe, assuming your ultimate goal is to get out of Southern Ontario and into (at least) Muskoka or the Kawarthas.
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