|The nearest larger town is about 10 min away and has most of what you need. The nearest large city is 40 min away and has everything.
That's how I grew up. When I was 18+ I started thinking "I need to get out of here!" Then when I was 20, I moved to the city about 50 min away. At first it was nice, but now at 25 I'm thinking "I want to get back there!" Not a lot of job opportunities though. We plan on having kids eventually, but not till we have a house in the country.
Anyways, I wouldn't be too worried about your kids being bored. We lived in the country (picture Little House in the Big Woods
). We spent time working in the garden, picking berries in the woods, playing soccer/badminton/frisbee/baseball... in our backyard. There were 5 kids in the family, 2 cousins lived down the road, and a couple misc neighbours now and then. In the winter we would go sliding, snowboarding, cross country skiing (skis were bought second hand). We would spend the whole day outside, then come in for hot chocolate. We lived near a lake and would go swimming, fishing etc. (One year we built a raft out of a piece of old dock that washed up on shore. Totally freaked my Mom out
My sisters and I would have "picnics" in the woods. We weren't really worried about getting lost in the woods. We knew how to tell directions from the sun and we lived in a huge block, so if we walked 1-4 miles in any direction, we'd get to a road. Man, I *really* miss being out in nature!
The area I grew up is where my Dad was born and raised, so my grandparents, and 2 sets of aunts and uncles lived just down the road, and some other extended family. Plus, the neighbour kids we played with were the kids of people my Dad played with when he was younger...
Which brings me to the drawbacks to country living: ***Everyone knows you and your business.*** Kind of sucks most times. But sometimes it's nice. Like you have a bigger support system. Someones house burned down one time and they didn't have insurance. There were fundraisers and people donated food, money, clothes etc. It's just the gossiping that bothers me.
Have to take a look at the schools in the area if you plan on having kids. Some aren't so great. Plus, we went to a regional high school, which meant that everyone was bussed into the city 45 mins away.
: Bus ride took more like 1hr 15 min each way
! People slept, did homework, read books, talked.
It seems like a big jump to go from BC to Saskatchewan, but I say go for it!