saskskierMy hometown just got sketchier as I got older. I didn't help that I became a social worker and saw the worst parts of it too.
More alcohol is sold in my hometown (about 40000 people) each year than the two biggest cities in the province combined (over 400000 combined).
That said, it's pretty and close to lots of lakes?
Where abouts is that?
I've always loved my hometown, and like OP moving away but still within the region has reinforced that feeling. I live in Brandon MB and it's a pretty little city that feels safe and has great people. It's not too large and has some fantastic country around it.
I'm moving to Portage La Prairie in a few days for some schooling and it's a shitty bust down town. Super sketchy people, lots of gangs and weird Hutterites/Mennonites ripping around. There's fuck all to do there as well.
I've also done some time in Winnipeg and it's alright. If you're with the right people it's decent but the rest of the time it feels like the place just hasn't left the 70s/80s. It's definitely got a dirtier feel to it and there are loads of weirdos in the downtown, I can never make it around there on foot without getting asked if I'm a dealer...