Enjoy retirement in Ontario's cottage country.
Many Ontarians retire to cottage living in central Ontario, making a number of cities and communities in cottage country very senior-friendly. For baby boomers who are currently spending their time in Peterborough, the Muskokas, Huntsville and Haliburton during the summer at a cottage, the idea of retiring permanently and making their summer home a year-around home is a very affordable option.
Central Ontario retirement homes
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1500 Lansdowne Street West, Peterborough,
Applewood is a well-established, comfortable and warm retirement community nestled on 2 acres of landscaped gardens right in the heart of Peterborough; close enough to downtown, but far from the daily hustle and bustle
481 Reid St., Peterborough,
Ontario, K9H 7R9
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Peterborough seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
6 Douglas Rd, Uxbridge,
Douglas Crossing By Esprit Lifestyle Communities, is a vibrant and young at heart retirement community. Book your tour today to experience your lifestyle, your way.
387 Goodrich Rd, Codrington,
Ontario, K0K 1R0
A truly unique setting for the senior who enjoys living in a family with all support services, assisted living and beyond in a natural setting with elements of light, sun, water, plants and pets.
357 Yonge St, Barrie,
Ontario, L4N 4K3
Located on Yonge St. just minutes from downtown Barrie, choose the suite style that's right for you. Retire in a comfortable & supportive community with superior services & outstanding amenities.
450 Yonge Street, Barrie,
Ontario, L4N 4E2
Nestled in a picturesque garden, Livita Barrington offers charming cottage living with amenities moments away. Our dedicated team know each unique resident, and provide a personalized approach that feels like home.
3 Concert Way, Barrie,
The Barrieview By Esprit Lifestyle Communities, offers retirement living beyond your expectations. Services include Independent Living. Assisted Living and dedicated Memory Care.
224 Ward Street, Port Hope,
Ontario, L1A OC5
Empire Crossing is a retirement community in Port Hope, Ontario. Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, Empire Crossing offers comfortable one and two bedroom apartments.
291 Main Street, Brighton,
Ontario, K0K 1H0
At Brighton Retirement Living by Esprit Lifestyle Communities, we offer seniors a beautiful place to call home, with a caring team, vibrant social life, quality services and delicious chef-prepared meals.
2501 Thoroughbred Street, Oshawa,
Ontario, L1L 0P8
Your home at Winchester Glen will offer an active, independent lifestyle in a senior-friendly community. You will enjoy a private suite with amazing amenities, convenient services & daily activities at your doorstep!
1224 Coldstream Dr, Oshawa,
Ontario, L1K 1A3
1335 Benson Street, Oshawa,
Ontario, L1K 0W6
Harmony Hill offers comfort, security, and friendship, as well as a full range of amenities and services that you expect from a premier, active-living seniors community.
105 Queen Street, Bowmanville,
Ontario, L1C 0T3
Bowmanville Creek offers Independent and Assisted Living programs. Tastefully designed spacious accommodations include a variety of suites ranging from roomy studios to large two bedrooms.
1460 Highway #2, Courtice,
Ontario, L1E 3C4
This award winning Oshawa retirement home is near parks and shopping, offering spacious seniors' suites and the option of assisted living care. Readers Choice Award Winner for Retirement living from 2016 2019.
106 Crown Street, Trenton,
Ontario, K8V 6R3
Located on the east side of Trenton in a quiet neighbourhood. Enjoy beautiful suites of various sizes & layouts with advanced safety features. Elegant dining plus snacks & beverages included.
3800 Brock Sreet North, Whitby,
Ontario, L1R 3A5
The Village of Taunton Mills in Whitby presents several levels of service from seniors' apartments with meals to assisted living to long-term care.
8 & 10 Harbour Street West, Collingwood,
Ontario, L9Y 5B4
Balmoral Place offers a wide variety of programs, amenities and suite types to meet the needs of both independent residents as well as those individuals requiring additional assistance.
3131 8th Line, Bradford,
Ontario, L3Z 4H2
Voted Bradford's Favourite Retirement Residence 2 years in a row! This beautiful residence is tailored for the “young-at-heart” senior. In fact, we like to think of it as UN-Retirement Living.
552 Holland St W, Bradford,
Ontario, L3Z 4H3
Located in the heart of a vibrant community, Holland Gardens is the perfect place to live, laugh and enjoy life. An exciting community offering a luxurious resort lifestyle, an ideal place for inspired senior living.
1 Roxborough Road, Newmarket,
Ontario, L3Y 2P8
You'll feel warmth as soon as you walk through the door. The Roxborough Retirement Residence is both elegant and cozy with a dedicated and caring staff that go above and beyond for your well-being and happiness.
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.
25 Butternut Ridge Trail, Aurora,
Ontario, L4G 0P5
At Delmanor Aurora enjoy extensive amenities including a saltwater swimming pool, fitness centre, ground floor terrace with fireside seating and a rooftop terrace overlooking the Oak Ridges Moraine. Move-in Early 2022!
40 Freel Lane, Stouffville,
Ontario, L4A 0P5
Stouffville Creek is 118 suite retirement residence, just a short drive north of Toronto, conveniently close to major highways, shops and stores and features a fitness centre and more amenities.
100 Morra Avenue, Bolton,
Welcome to something wonderful; Bolton Mills Retirement Community By Esprit Lifestyle Communities, offers seniors the finest lifestyle options in Retirement and Assisted Living with outstanding amenities and services.
135 Mostar St, Whitchurch-Stouffville,
Ontario, L4A 0L9
104 Suncoast Drive East, Goderich,
Ontario, N7A 0A7
Harbour Hill provides customized enhanced care in phase 1 and Carefree Living for adults 55 plus in the newly opened Apartments. Meals, housekeeping and concierge service provided.
60 Woodlawn Road East, Guelph,
Ontario, N1H 8M8
This elegant Guelph retirement home offers a range of care including assisted living and long term care, serviced by a friendly, caring staff.
215 Lexington Road, Waterloo,
Ontario, N2K 2E1
Experience resort quality living at Hygate. Choose from a variety of apartment style suites, including independent supported and assisted living options.
250 Laurelwood Drive, Waterloo,
Ontario, N2J 0E2
Now welcoming our Retirement Home Residents to the Village. We offer Waterloo a range of services for today's Senior including Retirement Apartments, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Long Term Care.
25 Westhill Drive, Waterloo,
Ontario, N2T 0B6
The Westhill is an inviting atmosphere of new friends and great times, with personalized support services for better living. The Westhill is conveniently located in Waterloo, near The Boardwalk shopping area.
32 Bayberry Drive, Guelph,
Ontario, N1G 0C9
Guelph retirement home offers Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. Includes 24 hour onsite nursing team and medication support within a Village-like setting. It takes a Village to care.
695 Block Line Road, Kitchener,
Ontario, N2E 3K1
This elegant retirement residence in Kitchener-Waterloo offers a continuum of care from independent living seniors' apartments to assisted living and long-term care.
50 Paul Burns Way, Whitby,
Ontario, L1R 2Y9
Lynde Creek Manor By Esprit Lifestyle Communities, has a dedicated team that are available to support you so you can live your life to the fullest.
51 Whitby Shores Greenway, Whitby,
Ontario, L1N 9R1
Enjoy a lakeside lifestyle with modern amenities and a warm, welcoming team ready to meet your every need.
175 North Front Street, Belleville,
Ontario, K8P 4Y8
The Richmond, combines an affordable lifestyle with comfort, security and friendly full service. You will feel a sense of warmth and know you are home the minute you walk in the door.
24 Dundas St West, Belleville,
Ontario, K8P 0H1
1880 Glengrove Road, Pickering,
Ontario, L1V 0C6
V!VA Pickering is Durham's premier all-inclusive rental retirement community! Enjoy large suites, great amenities, delicious dining, and a Team devoted to Making Today Great for you and your family! Book your tour today!
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.
148 Markham Road, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1M 2Z8
Scarborough Retirement Residence offers a variety of suites and apartments, with a library, pharmacy, seniors' centre, shopping, theatre and more nearby.
2881 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1J 0A2
McCowan Retirement Residence is a vibrant and family oriented retirement home located in Scarborough. With team members who have been here since we opened in 2004, you can expect a warm welcome and a feeling of home.
3758 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1T 3K9
Shepherd Terrace offers a variety of independent and assisted living suites within the renowned Shepherd Village. With its long history of providing caring service you’ll love the amenities and the excellent services.
Home care agencies are available for baby boomers and seniors living in central Ontario who need a little extra support in order to remain in their homes as long as possible. There are also a growing number of great retirement communities and retirement homes for seniors looking to settle in Ontario's cottage country including active adult living, independent living, assisted living and long-term care communities.
Before starting your search for a retirement community or home care service think about your specific needs and wants. Retirement communities have customizable options that address the specific needs of residents, including different kinds of suites, levels of medical care, and additional housekeeping or cooking tasks.
Home care is customizable too, depending on your health condition, needs and duration of time that assistance is needed. Understanding your needs is the first step in finding the right retirement fit in Central Ontario. Click here to view all Ontario Retirement Homes.
Assisted Living In Central Ontario
Not only is central Ontario one of the most beautiful places in the world. Its cottage mentality makes it very popular for senior housing. People are generally relaxed and crowds are rare and manageable when they do occur. There is a general air of respect for everyone’s desire to enjoy themselves evident throughout the area. There are retirement homes throughout cottage country that build on the region’s scenery to give residents a full time cottage experience with all the big city luxuries they’ve become accustomed to. Some say it is the highest form of assisted living. A common objection to moving to central Ontario retirement homes is the perceived lack of medical facilities. Nothing could be further from the truth. Every retirement home in the region stocked with the same caliber of equipment used in large cities. Durham Region’s ambulance services are among the highest rated in Canada while the hospitals in Central Ontario are full service with up to date equipment and staff experienced in dealing with seniors or trained in elder care. Many retirees choose Central Ontario because they’ve spent their entire lives in the region. However there is a growing contingent of retirees looking for a change of pace, who are unwilling to let go of the conveniences of an urban lifestyle yet seek a more tranquil atmosphere and subsequently choose Central Ontario retirement homes. There are homes throughout the region, with each city offering unique advantages and a distinct flavour.
Worried about costs? Have a look at what retirement will cost you across Ontario.
Retirement Homes in Newcastle
Those that prefer a quiet small town atmosphere will enjoy retiring in Newcastle, Ontario. Newcastle residents tend to prefer home care but have been making the transition towards retirement homes in recent years. The village is located on the shores of Lake Ontario between Toronto and Oshawa in a secluded pocket of land free from mass industrialization. Newcastle is surrounded by farmland, meaning retirees and residents enjoy fresh produce which are then turned into homemade treats by the town’s many mom and pop style restaurants. Newcastle is also home to a number of historic churches that retiree’s enjoy visiting for their architectural beauty regardless of their religion. The city’s golf course is one of the best ranked in the area and is considered very senior friendly. Though secluded Newcastle is far from isolated, located near the Trans Canada Highway (highway 401) retirees have little issue visiting family and friends in nearby cities or simply traveling to explore the region. Besides retirement homes, the city has plenty of long term care options as well as a solid home care infrastructure.
Retirement Homes in Bowmanville
Many people choose retirement homes in Bowmanville, Ontario for long term care. As one of the larger cities in The Municipality of Clarington, residents feel Bowmanville provides the benefits of both cottage country and big city lifestyles. The city is well known to motorsport fans, with a world famous track that has hosted Le Mans Series, SCCA, and NASCAR events. Bowmanville is home to a number of attractions including Canada’s oldest private zoo. Retirees that are unable or unwilling to drive can feel at ease knowing Bowmanville is the rare cottage town with a GO and Via stations in addition to its own city wide public transit. It has senior housing options outside of formal retirement homes as well as a variety of home care services.
Retirement Homes in Oshawa
Like Bowmanville, retiring in Oshawa is seen as a compromise between rural and urban lifestyles. The city’s prominent automobile manufacturing industry gives it an industrial reputation that sometimes overshadows its country scenery. Oshawa is home to the largest hospital in the region, Lakeridge Health Oshawa, as well as The R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre. These facilities give Oshawa an impressive long term care and assisted living infrastructure for a city its size. There is a vibrant minor sports community in the city of Oshawa highlighted by The Oshawa Generals hockey team, which many seniors find inviting. Those living in senior housing but not retirement homes, Oshawa has a number of public pools, community centres, and beaches. While seniors rave about the city’s new parks and walking trails regardless of their living situation.
Retirement Homes in Trenton
Retirement care in Trenton can feel like a vacation that lasts for decades. As the entry point to the Trent-Severn Waterway and largest municipality in Quinte West, Trenton is the rare tourist city that can thrive economically without feeling cluttered. Trenton Retirement home residents rave about the city’s recreational facilities which include walking trails, curling rinks, dog parks, and golf courses. Trenton is a popular destination for sport fishing, known to boast impressive scores of walleye, bass, pike, perch, and mudcat with seasonal opportunities to catch salmon and rainbow trout. This attracts seniors looking for home care and assisted living in equal numbers. Trenton is also beginning to build a reputation for its vineyards and wine tours, which many retirement homes are sure to visit.