Seven Best Places to Retire in Canada

A retirement in Canada provides you with many living choices. From picturesque waterfronts to lively cities, “the True North” is one of the best countries in which to retire.

Whether you are thinking of moving to Canada, or you are a citizen of the Great White North thinking of making a move, here is a list of the best places to head to. Updated for 2017 with new data.

1. Kingston, Ontario:

In 2012, called Kingston the most romantic city in Canada. Its beautiful lakefront, excellent restaurants, and historic architecture infuse Kingston with an indelible quaintness. Kingston is also one of the safest cities in the country. According to Money Sense, Kingston was the ninth best place to retire in 20161. Average property tax last year was only $2,110. The same website listed it as the 16th best city in all of Canada, to invest in retirement, in 20172.
We list the best retirement homes in Kingston, and older Canadians should check out reviews of adult lifestyle communities near here.

2. Vancouver, British Columbia:

Vancouver is a perfect city for active adult retirement living. If you enjoy the energetic environment of a big city or being surrounded by magnificent nature, then Vancouver is the place for you. “Hollywood North” has some of Canada’s most well recognize entertainment, restaurants, arts, and culture. Numerous residents of Vancouver’s retirement homes also claim that living next to the Pacific Ocean is quite soothing. You can find a list of some of Vancouver's best retirement homes. Vancouver has a reputation for some of the most expensive real estate in the world but it's still considered one of Canada's best places to invest (8th overall), according to MoneySense, in 20172. If you really want a great investment, check out BC's  active lifestyle communities.
Check out our look at BC's best places to retire!

3.  Victoriaville, Quebec

Victoriaville is a scenic city that is located on the Nicolet River. Its website indicates that, "this enchanting arrangement offers the kind of space that nature lovers go crazy for." Hiking, golfing, and river canoeing are some of the many activities that you could enjoy in Victoriaville. It is also one of the most  relaxing cities in Canada and a great place for affordable retirement living.

4.  Halifax, Nova Scotia

Retirees in Halifax often appreciate its Maritime climate. In other words, it is neither frigid in the winter nor excruciatingly hot in the summer. In Halifax, you could spend your retirement taking pleasure in the city’s breathtaking beaches, incredible wineries and abundant parks. In 2017, Halifax was listed as #25 on the list of best Canadian cities in which to invest2.

5.  Toronto, Ontario

Toronto is ideal for healthy and self-sufficient seniors. If you enjoy a dynamic and exciting atmosphere, then you should consider a retirement home in Toronto. Ontario’s capital is popular for its magnificent downtown core, great entertainment, five professional sports teams and some of the top restaurants in Canada. Like the real estate prices or not, Toronto is considered the 13th best place to invest in 2017, by MoneySense2. In the 2016 list of best places to retire across Canada, the GTA was 3rd overall1.
Read reviews of adult lifestyle communities in Ontario, and find the best retirement community for you!

6.  Bragg Creek, Alberta
Bragg Creek is a small town 30 kilometers west of Calgary. It is known for its charming shops, parks, and restaurants. Bragg Creek’s retirees especially appreciate the calming effect of the surrounding Rocky Mountains. If you are artistic, you will love all of the scenery that you could capture in your work. Calgary is listed by MoneySense as Canada's 27th best place to invest in 20172.
Check out Calgary's best retirement homes.

7.  White Rock, British Columbia

White Rock is a scenic seaside community which contains eight kilometers of sandy beaches and the glorious waters of Semiahmoo Bay. You will have plenty of opportunities to walk along its 1500 ft. long pier, as White Rock receives the lowest rainfall in the Greater Vancouver Area. And, its average summer temperature is a very comfortable 23 degrees Celsius. Like Bragg Creek, White Rock is a great option for artistic seniors. Although neither White Rock nor Surrey make the list on their own, Vancouver is considered the 8th best place to invest in Canada, in 20172.
Find Surrey's best retirement homes, with lots more local information. Read our reviews of Vancouver retirement homes.

Before you pick any town or city to live in, you're going to take into account your own needs; many people will focus on where their family is. But aside from that, you need to think ahead to other concerns as you get older, notably the availability of good health care in the city or town, notably things like home care services available. Finally, look at development in the area, and think ahead to how the real estate market in the area will look for the next few years, even decades.

-- some 2017 updates by Jim Huinink


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Below are active living communities across the country. In our estimation, these really are Canada’s premiere retirement destinations.

List of Canada’s best active living retirement communities

Wellings of Picton

Wellings of Picton

15 Wellings Drive, Picton, Ontario, K0K 2T0
The Wellings of Picton is a vibrant new community for adults 55+, in Prince Edward County. Offering 64,one bedroom plus den and two bedroom apartments with all appliances and outdoor balconies, pub, parking and dog park.
Edgewood Suites

Edgewood Suites

270 Hagan Street East, Southgate, Ontario, N0C 1B0
Welcome to vibrant, carefree, adult living community, Edgewood Suites, a unique adult lifestyle community located in Dundalk, a place rich in small town charm, natural beauty and superb amenities.
The Crossing

The Crossing

66 Elizabeth Avenue, Garlands Crossing, Nova Scotia, B0N2T0
The Crossing is a vibrant active living community in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, an award-winning wine region. Residents will enjoy nearby walking trails, community gardens, golf, skiing & casual or fine dining.
St. Elizabeth Village

St. Elizabeth Village

1 Yates Gate, Hamilton, Ontario, L9B 1T8
St. Elizabeth Village is a place where community comes first. The Village is set on an impressive 114-acre natural oasis of parks and ponds. Enjoy a non-stop slate of social activities in a vibrant, active lifestyle.
Wellings of Corunna

Wellings of Corunna

180 Bunker Ave, Corunna, Ontario, N0N 1G0
NOW OPEN - Wellings of Corunna is a vibrant new community for adults 55+. We are a maintenance free rental community, focused on independent living with amenities designed to make everyday living more convenient.
Wellings of Waterford

Wellings of Waterford

111 Bruce Street, Waterford, Ontario, N0E 1Y0
Welcome to Wellings of Waterford, a vibrant villa community for adults 55+. Community clubhouse and parking is included. On-site secured storage is available for an additional cost, all maintenance is included.
Wellings of Stittsville

Wellings of Stittsville

2500 Wellings Private, Stittsville, Ontario, K2S 2R5
Enjoy a vibrant new community for adults 55+ who share a passion for an active lifestyle. Studios,1, 2 bedroom apartments to rent include full kitchens, appliances, laundry, balcony, parking, concierge & onsite dining.
Mahogany Platinum

Mahogany Platinum

#100 - 2180 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford, British Columbia, V3G0B1
A spectacular new residential tower in Abbotsford, Mahogany Platinum combines convenience, livability and luxury for seniors looking for an independent lifestyle community. Only a few suites left.
River Crest Estates

River Crest Estates

2626 Mewburn Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2J 0G4
Welcome to River Crest Estates, where you will enjoy a higher quality of life, in the heart of the Niagara Region. You will find a community of comfort, simplicity, and freedom for 50+ Active Adults.
The Meadows of Aurora

The Meadows of Aurora

440 William Graham Drive, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 1X5
The Meadows of Aurora is a Christian Seniors Lifestyle Community that promotes the wellbeing of individuals 65+. Residents experience nature’s green spaces, memorable dining experiences and great times with friends.
Gates of Bayview

Gates of Bayview

4003 Bayview Avenue, North York, Ontario, M2M 3Z8
Welcome to The Gates of Bayview, one of North Toronto's most exclusive rental communities. Offering residents spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites with unmatched amenities, community events, and stunning floral scenery.
Sts. Peter and Paul Residence

Sts. Peter and Paul Residence

221 Milner Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario, M1S 4P4
Sts. Peter and Paul Residence offers a modern, efficient, and self-sustaining seniors community operated by a professional and compassionate staff.
Royal Heights Inc.

Royal Heights Inc.

30 Adelaide Avenue East, Oshawa, Ontario, L1G 0B8
Royal Heights is designed with your active & independent lifestyle in mind. Luxury apartments feature en-suite laundry, stainless steel appliances & balconies. On site Fitness room, salt water pool, movie theatre & more!
Sifton Riverstone Retiree Apartments

Sifton Riverstone Retiree Apartments

1961 Shore Rd., London, Ontario, N6K 0K5
Riverstone is offering a lifestyle designed just for you. Our energy-efficient retiree apartments boast up-scale interiors that bring the outside in, to create a one-of-a-kind sustainable environment powered by the sun.

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