The RM of Meadow Lake has an abundance of trees, streams, creeks and rivers and the natural wildlife is very bountiful and great to experience. However, while enjoying the quiet living of the country there are varied circumstances and unfamiliar situations that you may encounter.
What to expect in a rural environment:
- Access – there are days, even weeks where the road you travel to your residence may not be passable. These roads are mainly gravel roads and rain can make them slippery or snow may make them impassable. Therefore, if you are looking to live in the country prepare yourself to possibly be “snowbound” or stranded for a period of time until the rural grader operators are able to make their way down your road. An investment in an all terrain vehicle may be a good idea when considering rural living. Also please remember that lanes to your residence are your responsibility. During the winter months you may be required to shovel a ridge left by the snowplow from your lane.
- If you choose to live among the farms of our municipality there are some aspects of your agri-business neighbours’ activities that may occasionally affect you. Farm work may continue around the clock, especially during seeding and harvest time. Dairy operators sometimes milk without stopping and hay is often cut or baled at night. It is possible that adjoining agricultural operations may occasionally disturb your peace and quiet.
- Farming operations can cause dust, especially during windy and dry weather.
- Chemicals including fertilizers and herbicides are often used in growing crops. Some people are sensitive to these substances.
- Weeds – Before buying land you should know if it contains noxious weeds because as the owner you will be required to control them.
- Farm Animals – Farm animals and their manure can cause odours. They can also be dangerous to people or pets. It is not safe to enter pens where animals are kept. You should not enter lands without the owner’s consent. Animals cannot be allowed to stray. It is the responsibility of every owner to make sure your livestock remain on your land.
- Wildlife – Nature provides you with some wonderful neighbours. However, at times even apparently harmless wildlife can become too much of a good thing.
- Hunting – Hunting provides recreational opportunities as well as a tool for managing wildlife populations. Many areas are open for hunting. However, no person has the right to enter your property to hunt unless you grant permission.