11 Best Places in Ontario for Retirees


Many think about how they will spend their retirement years before the time arrives, saving and planning in preparation. For Canadians, and those from other parts of the globe, retirement in Ontario, Canada offers no shortage of attractive locales in which to settle. There are some factors to consider, such as climate and amenities. Numerous smaller towns are often desirable due to lower costs of living. There are some places close enough to the cities and metro areas for retirees to enjoy the amenities without the high living costs associated. Ontario’s 11 best towns have pleasant environments and well-developed social and cultural infrastructures. In no particular order, here are our top picks.

1) Peterborough

With a population of 76,698, it’s noted as one of Ontario’s most senior-friendly locales. Peterborough city, on the Otonabee River in Central Ontario, offers a wide variety of cultural activities. Residents enjoy museums, classical music and dance ensembles, as well as fishing on the river. The Otonabee River area offers outdoor activities including hiking trails and paddle sports centers. There’s also a fine art gallery, an annual folk music festival and a slightly provocative, underground comedy scene. In addition to modestly priced housing, the architecture of the town is also very interesting. For seniors with particular health care needs, it’s home to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, state-of-the-art health care which serves several counties. There are also numerous options for retirement homes and adult day care, as well as long-term care facilities.


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