The borders of Shanly are indefinite, although historically the western limit of Shanly's school district extended to lot 12 of County Road 21 (lots west of this belonged to Garry Owen). Shanly is located in the country, and the main area of it is hardly more populous then the surrounding country side. Some believe Shanly is only a road, and the inhabitants of this road make up its population. Others believe Shanly includes the sprawling fields and forests that surround it.
Aside from two churches, Shanly also has a maple bush, with a large granite quarry located inside of it. The maple bush has also produced countless litres of maple syrup, sold in a small pancake house near the quarry. This pancake house also sells syrup cookies. They call it Hunters Cafe, and it has been in Shanly for 30 years.
Shanly has a graveyard as well, with graves dating nearly 200 years old. It is directly across the road from the Bennetts' farm, which produces milk, and has multiple corn fields.
Shanliwood Community Church used to be a small restaurant, but it was bought and converted into a church, by an unknown man who built his house beside it. Although approximately 10 houses have been built in Shanly in the past 12 years, the area still remains sparsely settled. Through the fields of the Bennetts' farm, as well as a few other fields, you can see the neighbouring community of Ventnor. A dirt trail connects Shanly directly to Ventnor, but it is not widely used except by tractors, cyclists, dirtbikes, and snowmobiles in the winter.