Power sources – you can never go wrong having a good generator for back up. When the power goes out in the country, it can sometimes be days before it is back up. It can be very cold in the winter and your food will spoil within hours in the summer.
Heat sources: Oil or propane are the most common sources for heating a home in the Canadian countryside, but a wood stove backup is a good idea. Locate the local companies and get yourself set up with them. They will require a safety inspection of your furnace, so it might be a good idea to have that inspection included in your offer for the home.
Water sources: Unless you are very close to a town, typically the water for a country home is supplied by a well. Before you sign on the dotted line for your dream home in the country, check with the neighbors to find out if it's a good one and have the water tested.
Bathrooms: One thing often overlooked is the facilities. You will not be on the town sewage system, but will have a septic tank. Before you purchase your home in the country, ensure it has been pumped recently. I have been advised that every 5 years you should have this done. You will also need to ensure the weeping beds are all in good condition. Know where this is located so that you don’t allow ATV’s and snowmobiles to drive over it.
Transportation - make sure your vehicle is well maintained. Being 30 minutes by car away from your nearest town is a very long walk if your vehicle breaks down.
Alternate transportation for country living – It’s not a bad idea to have an ATV and a snowmobile. They can get you almost anywhere. Or if your neighbor has one, make sure you are on good terms with them, you might need them.
Travel safely; have a safety kit in the car at all times - especially in winter.
Entertainment and communication
TV is generally supplied via satellite
Internet and phone Services: Find out the service provider for the cell towers that provide the service in your area. It’s a good idea to use that company as your internet and phone service provider. Citizen’s Band radio or battery operated walkie talkies are good to have to have as a back up.