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Formed in by a storm which eroded the eastern end of the peninsula, the Islands soon became a place for amusement, recreation and eventually, living 1. Initially used as summer getaways, these spaces evolved from leased tent plots, to tents with permanent kitchens, to the full cottages we see today.

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When Donna Creighton retired from her career as an elementary school teacher, she faced a difficult choice.

She loved her North York townhouse, but the relentlessly rising costs of living in the city meant she would need to supplement her pension income with another job to make her mortgage payments. The question was where and when. And then I quite accidentally saw an ad for a houseboat that was up for sale," Creighton says.

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And so, without any experience at all, Creighton became a liveaboard — one of about GTA families who live permanently on a boat. Now she calls Bluffers Park Marina in Scarborough home. The cost of living in Toronto is just out of control," Creighton says. The Nuttall-Sloane family lives on a foot, two-bedroom steel vessel moored at Toronto Island Marina during the summer, and at the harbour front during the punishing winter months.

Cheryl Nuttall and her husband Gordon Sloane have deep roots on the water. Both have ventured extensively around the globe aboard tall ships and tugboats. And they plan to someday sail around the world with their young son, Strummer.

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They admit that while it's undoubtedly a "lifestyle choice," they wouldn't trade the deck of their ship for a high rise condo. Really, at the end of the day, we have equal space as someone living in a small condo on the waterfront," Nuttall says. There are some other advantages to boat living, as well. The city does not consider boats to be immovable dwellings and therefore they are not subject to property taxes, although marina users do pay moorage fees.

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Granted, living on the water comes with a host of unique challenges, both expected and unexpected. Because when things go wrong, they can go wrong quickly," says Nuttalll, adding that there will assuredly be a steep learning curve for anyone who doesn't have experience livingaboard.

And some people revel in it," Sloane adds. But for those experiencing the trials together, there's a strong sense of community.

Despite the difficulties, neither the Nuttalll-Sloanes nor Creighton would trade life on the lake for a more traditional living arrangement. Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments.

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