Top 5 Cities to Retire in Canada
The cities that make the top five lists vary ever so slightly from year to year but there are several cities that consistently make the top five. What makes a city appealing for retirement? Before researching what the analysts say, I'll list the things that make a city a retirement magnet for me. First on my list is proximity to activities and attractions. I don't necessarily need to dine out more than once or twice a week, or shop every day but it's definitely good to have my options open. Walking rather than driving Next for me is having walking paths nearby and being close to transit. I know there's usually a taxi at almost every street corner but in the interest of good health, it's fun to walk when the weather allows, or hop on the bus, greet the driver and get a feel for the day on the city transit!
All Four Seasons work for me! Many retirees are drawn to a location for its mild climate. Living where it never dips below freezing has its benefits with less chance of feeling like a hermit and not having snow to shovel, but yearround mild weather isn't a number one draw for me. I'd miss wrapping up in a scarf and gloves and enjoying a hot chocolate at a skating rink, and I know I'm not alone in my enjoyment of getting out there with my camera to capture the colors of autumn. So while climate is important, I'll take a city with all four seasons. Low taxes, cost of living, senior residences ottawa low crime rate and easy accessibility to Doctors and Hospitals are all drawing factors and when analysts study what makes a city desirable for retirement, the cities at the top have all of the above. They also include cities with shopping, golfing, recreational areas, parks and fine dining.