The Best Places to Retire in Ontario

How do you picture your retired life? Is it filled with leisurely days where you go at your own pace, or would you prefer action-packed times when you can explore the world around you? 

When retiring you want to make sure you’re picking the right place. Not only must it fit your ideal vision of the not-employed life, it must also be a place where the living is affordable and the healthcare is top notch. 

Perhaps you’re looking at Halton real estate or other areas of Ontario to move to. Here are some of the best places in the province to spend your golden years.


This central Ontario city sits along the Otonabee River and has plenty of cultural activities that keep it abuzz. 

The city’s Senior Hockey League has players that range in age from 55 to 80 hitting the ice. There’s also an annual folk music festival here. 

The Peterborough Regional Health Centre offers a range of health services and includes nearly 500 beds for patients. 

If you’re looking for like-minded folks, check out one of the many retirement communities like Jackson Creek, Kawartha Heights, or Empress Gardens. 


Another riverside city – this time by the Thames – this area has nine parks that are connected via various trails, making this an ideal spot for outdoor lovers.

Healthcare facilities here include University Hospital, Victoria Hospital & Children’s Hospital, and Mount Hope Centre for Long-Term Care. 

London has often been noted on “happiest city” lists for the country and also has many retirement communities to choose from. 


Is quiet and quaint is your speed, this is where you’ll want to settle. 

Stratford is home to the renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival, as well as the Summer Music Festival. It’s a great haven for lovers of the arts. 

Stratford General Hospital offers excellent medical care, and facilities like Palisade and the Chartwell Anne Hathaway Retirement Residence are great choices if you’d like to live in a community. 



If you’ve lived in a city all your life and want to get away from the bustle, this is the place to go. 

It’s under a half hour away from the Falls, produces some of the tastiest wine the world over, and has a population count of 34 percent of people aged 65 and over. 

You’ll find stunning walking and bike trails as well as historical buildings and boutique shops. 


Kingston has many big-city amenities despite the population reaching only around 170,000. 

It is considered one of the best places for sailing enthusiasts and caters to water-loving folks overall. 

It’s home to the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario within the Kingston General Hospital. 

Retirement communities include Kingsdale Chateau and Royale Place Retirement Residence. 


This idyllic town is a safe place to live with low property taxes and a small population. 

The Tillson Community Centre Complex has many amenities, including an indoor pool. 

The Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital is the area’s main medical facility, and communities like Dayspring Residence and Harvest Crossing are perfect for retirees.

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