When you reach a certain age, you realize that your life has changed a lot. You may have bought your family house 10 years ago, 20 years ago, or even 30 years ago. Your kids may have moved out now, and have lives of their own. Prices have changed, music has changed, fashion has changed, everything has changed. And this may be the reason why, since you’re already getting older, you may also want to change your environment.
And now that you’ve decided you want a change in scenery, it’s time to decide where! You may have already spent some time looking at real estate prices, crime rates, climate data, or statistics and figures. Those numbers may help you decide, but let’s be honest: these figures never really give you the whole picture.
So, what should you do? Well, here at Greater Property Group, we’ve scoured the country, and found the absolute best places to retire in Canada.
1. Ottawa, Ontario
The city of Ottawa is known as the heart of Canada’s capital region, Ontario. Ottawa has a population of 934,243, and has a vibrant lifestyle. Every year, since 1952, the city celebrates the Canadian Tulip Festival.
For obvious reasons, the city of Ottawa is a fantastic retirees’ destination. Ottawa is one of the best places to settle in, and offers a great mix of attractions and conveniences. The two rivers that flow through Ottawa are lined with greenspace and parkland. There are plenty of galleries and museums for you to enjoy. You can go to the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of History, Canada Science and Technology Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.
Financial-wise, in 2016, the city was ranked top 1 by MoneySense in their list of the Best Places To Live. The next year, the city ranked top 2. Ottawa is especially noted for their great access to health care, a collection of cultural activities, and their active real estate market.
If you don’t want to live in the city, you can also live in the smaller communities nearby. These communities are definitely worth considering, and some of them even offer great real estate values. There are plenty of houses here that are modern, with a touch of small town charm. You can visit Manotick, Stittsville, and Carleton Place, if you want to be near the capital, yet still be able to enjoy country living.
2. West Vancouver, British Columbia
The city of West Vancouver is a city where you can enjoy the temperate coastal temperature, while sipping your cocktail in a coconut shell. West Vancouver’s lifestyle is casual, with a population of 42,473. If you enjoy reading, you’ll be happy to know that the city has the highest number of books lent each year in the entire country!
The city of West Vancouver is one of the best cities to retire in for plenty of reasons. West Vancouver is home to Cypress Provincial, which is the signature attraction of the city. The park is filled with cross-country skiing and hiking trails that everyone can enjoy. It’s no wonder that the country is also chosen as the host of most Winter Olympics events.
Yes, all of the cities in British Columbia are great for retirement - however, West Vancouver is the cherry on top. The city is set comfortable away from the busy streets of Vancouver, and has inexpensive real estate. And if you find yourself missing the city lights, all you need to do is cross the Lion’s Gate Bridge!
In the city of West Vancouver, you’ll get to enjoy the mountain scenery and explore the parks, such as Cypress Provincial Park and Stanley Park. Plus, according to the law, industries are not allowed within the city. Wouldn’t it be great to spend your days being active and having fun here?
3. Collingwood, Ontario
The town of Collingwood first became a town in 1858, and has a population of no less than 21,000. Collingwood was named after the second-in-command of Lord Nelson during the Battle of Trafalgar, Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood. The lifestyle here is very social, and the weather is continental. You will also find the largest Elvis festival in the world, the Collingwood Elvis Festival, right here. It’s been held in July every year since 1994.
No matter who you ask about their favourite summer beach destinations in Canada, you’ll surely hear Collingwood as part of their list. And it’s no wonder why, since the town has remarkable features such as Georgian Bay, and Sunset Point Beach. If you’re a sun-worshipper, then you’ll surely enjoy living in Collingwood.
Georgian Bay is home to some of Canada’s most beautiful waters to sail in. In this town, you’ll find Balmoral Village, the community with an adult lifestyle. During the winter, the town also boasts skiing areas, which you can find in the nearby Blue Mountain. Plus, the town’s entire surrounding area is filled with unparalleled natural beauty.
4. Calgary, Alberta
The city of Calgary is known as the sunniest city in Canada. Well, it’s not overrated in any way, since the city’s warm wind, the chinook, can become 15 degrees centigrade in just a few hours! The city has, of course, a continental weather, while the lifestyle is cosmopolitan. Calgary has a population of 1,239,220, and plays host to the largest outdoor event in the world: Calgary Stampede.
The Economist named the city of Calgary as one of the world’s most livable cities. Calgary has the highest GDP in Canada each year. It also provides its residents with the best quality of life. These qualities all serve to make the city the Wild Rose Country’s prized jewel.
The city of Calgary certainly has the feel of a big city, while also retaining the classic small town charm. Here, you can easily enjoy the nightlife, street festivals, and other outdoor activities. Calgary features a lifestyle where you can enjoy working hard (which you have surely done for decades), while playing harder.
5. Clarington, Ontario
You can find the municipality of Clarington just outside the Greater Toronto Area, and on Lake Ontario’s pristine shores. This municipality offers one of the most wonderful communities you can find in all of Canada. Here, you can enjoy the life of living in the city, while within reach of escaping to relax in the country. Even as a retiree, Clarington will let you have a place to work, do your business, be able to play, or simply stay active.
The community of Clarington has humid continental weather, and has a population of 92,013. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy a slow lifestyle, or a fast-paced day-to-day living, the choice is all yours. You’ll be able to walk the parks, hike the trails, or swim on the beaches! Not to mention, the home of summer concerts, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, can also be found here.
Clarington is within reach of Toronto, making it desirable in many ways. The prices of real estate are reasonable. However, you have to be quick, since the market is quickly and steadily appreciating. It’s no wonder, since Clarington has a strong presence of commuting families, while also boasting a low crime rate.
Living The Life!
Who said that because you’re getting older, you have to live less? Well, whoever said that got it all wrong. As a retiree, you have all the time in your hands, so why not make the best of it? Choose the best place that you should have. Pick your new home, pack up your stuff, and make your move now. Soon you’ll be there, saying, “I’m here… and I’m living the life!”
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