New communities are springing up in small towns across the country, as urbanites trade city struggles for a more active life. Different places offer different amenities. How to choose? “Communities are growing because they are not just weekend escapes any more – people are moving there,” said Robin Esrock, an outdoor adventurer and best-selling author who spent three years visiting every province and territory in Canada. “Everybody’s chasing a quality of life that takes them away from traffic and expenses, and makes nature more accessible. They want to find a shift to outdoor living that suits them.” If you’re looking to simplify your life and improve your lifestyle, Esrock has found five great places for you.