Friday, 17 August 2012

Three Canadian cities to consider for retirement

Do you like to avoid cliches like the plague? (Sorry, couldn't resist!) Then perhaps the snowbird retiree lifestyle isn't your best bet for old age. Want to know our picks for great Canadian cities to retire in? Here they are:

Canmore AB – Retirees today are increasingly opting for mountain towns. Many Canadians are drawn to Canmore in particular, for its breathtaking views, endless options for outdoor activities, and peaceful atmosphere. Nestled in the Canadian Rockies and only an hour west of Calgary, Canmore offers some of the country's best trails for biking and hiking, as well as a thriving skiing culture. Additionally, it's only a short 20 minute journey from the Banff Centre which furnishes this area with plenty of artistic and musical productions.

Saanich BC – small cities are taking on a new appeal for retirees who love the culture afforded by the major cities but who don't love their overwhelming crowd and pace. If you fall into this group, Saanich is a boon. Literally a hop and a skip away from downtown Victoria, Saanich offers its residents an impressive variety of architectural styles situated in an awesome climate to boot. Summer temperatures rarely break the 30*C mark, and winter temperatures seldom dip very far below freezing. Its proximity to Victoria also means that residents have access to great healthcare facilities, recreation centres, and schools, all while feeling like they live in a neverending garden.

Ottawa ON – For such a major city, Ottawa is incredibly clean and visually attractive. Residents of Ottawa are committed to walking and biking, as evidenced by the quantity and quality of pedestrian paths that lace the city...and with the number of business that deliver here, it is definitely possible to get by without a car. With countless free attractions (you can sign out museum passes from the library here!) and an impressive array of ethnic cuisines, the only disadvantage you might encounter is that too many people you know will want to visit you for too long at a time.