12 of the Best Places to Retire in Ontario

Ready to retire? Check out our list of some great cities to retire in Ontario based on demographics, amenities & things to do. Here are 12 of the Best Places to Retire in Ontario! (In no specific order!) 

1. Peterborough

Population: 121,721

Percentage of people over 65: 25%

Average Age: 44

Median Home Price: $299,900

About Peterborough
Located in central Ontario, Peterborough is a vibrant city situated on the Otonabee River. It is 125 kilometres northeast of Toronto and 270 kilometres south-west of Ottawa. The city has many activities and cultural events for seniors. The Peterborough Senior Hockey League has members from age 55 up to 80 years of age and there is also great fishing. Peterborough is home to the annual folk music festival. Peterborough‘s nickname is the Electric city as it was one of the first places to have electric street lights. Affordable housing with a median price of a home in 2017 of $299,900. The architecturally beautiful downtown makes it one of the most desirable and best places to retire in Ontario.
Peterborough Regional Health Centre, the Regional hospital offering a range of health services. It is a state of art facility with 494 beds and offers emergency services.
Retirement Communities
There are an abundance of adult living communities to choose from including:
Applewood Retirement Residence www.applewoodrr.com
Empress Gardens, Princess Gardens, Royal Gardens, Canterbury Gardens www.aonapartments.ca
Jackson Creek Retirement Residence http://chartwell.com/retirement-homes/chartwell-jackson-creek-retirement-residence
Kawartha Heights Retirement Living www.KHRetirementliving.com
Rubidge Retirement Residence www.rubidgeretirementresidence.com

2. Stratford

Population: 31,465

Percentage of people over 65: 24%

Average Age: 44

Median Home Price: $319,900

About Stratford
For theatre lovers, Stratford is the perfect quaint town to enjoy your retirement. Home to the renowned Stratford Shakespeare festival. Also, the Summer Music festival attracts world-class musicians to this event. Situated on the Avon River in Southwestern Ontario this city was formed in 1885. The streets are lined with charming historical buildings and picturesque parks. Average housing prices in 2017 were a modest $319,900.
New regional hospital in St. Catharines.
Retirement Communities
Royal Palisade http://www.retirementlifecommunities.com/royal-palisade/
River Gardens Retirement Residence http://www.rivergardens.ca/
Chartwell Anne Hathaway Retirement Residence https://chartwell.com/retirement-homes/chartwell-anne-hathaway-retirement-residence

3. London


Percentage of people over 65: 19%

Average Age: 41

Medium Home Price: $294,900

About London
In 2014 London positioned number 6 on the 25 Happiest Cities in Canada list published by Global News. London is located halfway between Toronto and Detroit, off of highway 401. It is the fifth largest city in Ontario based on population. It sits on the Thames River with nine main parks linked with trails. Popular day trips include Grand Bend and Corunna. Housing is very affordable with the medium house price in 2016 being $294,900. London is also home to some excellent medical facilities including modern hospital and Western University.
London has several impressive medical facilities.
-London Health Sciences Centre
-University Hospital
-Victoria Hospital
-St. Joseph’s Hospital
-Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care

Retirement Communities
Chartwell Retirement Residences (9 Options)  https://chartwell.com/Ontario/Retirement-Homes-in-London?city=London
Richmond Woods & Longworth Retirement Villages http://sifton.com/retirement-living
Windermere on the Mount, Grand Wood Park & Horizon Place http://www.reveraliving.com/retirement-living/locations/search/london-ontario-canada

4. Niagara-on-the-Lake

Population: 17,511

Percentage of people over 65: 34%

Average Age: 50

Medium Home Price: $319,000

* includes St. Catharines

About Niagara-on-the-Lake
Perfect for wine lovers! World renowned wines are produced at various vineyard throughout this region. Located in South-Western Ontario on Lake Ontario at the Niagara River, it is an easy commute to northeastern USA. It is also 28 minutes to one of the World’s natural wonders, Niagara Falls, this small town and region offer a wonderful lifestyle for retirement. There are beautiful walking and bicycling trails, so if you are a senior that wants to keep active this could be the place for you. As a tourist destination, the town has historical buildings with beautiful boutique shops and quaint restaurants. Niagara-on-the-Lake has a slightly milder climate making it one of the favourite places to retire in Ontario.
The Niagra-on-the-lake Hosptial has 559 beds. It is a multi-site hospital that provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, including Acute Care, Cancer Care, Cardiac Care, Complex Care, Emergency and Urgent Care, Kidney Care, Long-Term Care, Mental Health and Addictions, Stroke Care and Surgical Care. Their team is made up of more than 4,800 employees, 600 physicians, and 850 volunteers. Accreditation Canada awarded Niagara Health with Exemplary Standing, a clear demonstration of their team’s commitment to the highest safety and quality standard.
Retirement Communities
Chateau Gardens Niagara www.chartwell.com/Chartwell-Niagara
Stamford Estates www.atriaretirement.ca//stamford-estates/
River Road Retirement Residence www.riverroadretirement.com/

5. Guelph


Percentage of people over 65: 17%

Average Age: 39

Median Home Price: $452,400

About Guelph
Known as “The Royal City”, Guelph is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada while also offering low crime rates, low unemployment rates, and a clean environment. The city has a generally high standard of living and has also been consistently ranked as one of Canada’s best places to live. With a culturally diverse population and a vibrant downtown, Guelph offers endless options for entertainment. It is also home to the Guelph Country Club as well as a number of other golf courses. Guelph offers a number of outdoor recreational activities and easy access to the 401.
Guelph General Hospital is a medical care facility in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. It is a 165-bed facility employing 224 doctors among a total staff of about 1200.
St. Joseph’s Health Centre is a 240 bed long term care home with private rooms, semi private rooms, and basic rooms. Offers 24-hour nursing and personal care as well as access to doctors ect.
Retirement Communities
The Village of Arbour Trails www.schlegelvillages.com/arbour-trails-guelph
Chartwell Royal on Gordon Retirement Residence www.chartwell.com/overview/chartwell-royal-on-gordon-retirement-residence
Chartwell Select Wellington www.chartwell.com/overview/chartwell-wellington-park-retirement-residence
Guelph Lake Commons www.seniorlivinginstyle.com/retirement_community/Guelph_ON/zip_N1E_0E6/hawthorn_retirement_group/1964
Elliott Retirement https://www.elliottcommunity.org/

6. Kingston

Population: 123,798

Percentage of people over 65: 23%

Average Age: 42

Median Home Price: $349,900

About Kingston
Sitting between Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, Kingston offers amenities usually found in big cities with a population of just 123,798. Established on the eastern end of Lake Ontario, the town is one of the best locations for sailing and offers many waterfront paths and trails. Kingston has quick access to healthcare with multiple Hospitals throughout the city. The average price of a home in Kingston is $349,900 and with the low cost of living, and healthy population of retirement-aged residents, Kingston is one of the most popular cities to retire in!
Kingston General Hospital is a 456-bed acute care teaching hospital associated with Kingston University. Kingston is also home to the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario.
Retirement Communities
Royale Place Retirement Residence www.siennaliving.ca
Kingsdale Chateau www.atriaretirement.ca//kingsdale-chateau/
St. Lawrence Place www.reveraliving.com

7. Cobourg

Population: 19,440

Percentage of people over 65: 37%

Average Age: 49

Median Home Price: $290,900

About Cobourg
With a population of 19,440, The small lakeside town of Cobourg sits between Toronto and Kingston. Due to the stunning waterfront, Cobourg is an attractive place for tourists and beachgoers. Cobourg offers a low cost of living with the average price of a home being $290,900. With trails for hiking & cycling and a vibrant art scene, Cobourg truly offers something for everyone making it an ideal place to retire in Ontario.
The Northumberland Hills Hospital is a 137-bed hospital that delivers a range of services such as:
· medical
· surgical
· obstetrical
· pediatric
· ambulatory
· emergency care
· post-acute care services, including rehabilitation and palliative care
Retirement Communities
Palisade Gardens Retirement Residence www.palisade-gardens/
Rosewood Estates www.seniorlivinginstyle.com/senior_living/Cobourg_ON/zip_K9A_0E5/hawthorn_retirement_group/3145
Cobourg Retirement Residence www.cobourgretirement.ca/

8. Collingwood

Population: 21,793

Percentage of people over 65: 30%

Average Age: 30

Median Home Price: $349,900

About Collingwood
Collingwood is a small town situated on the southern tip of gorgeous Georgian Bay, with a population of 19,500. It’s a very popular tourist destination due to the easy access to Wasaga Beach, Blue Mountain, as well as its own attractions and waterfront. With 30% of the population being at the retirement age, and the relatively low cost of living, Collingwood is one of the most sought-after places to retire in Ontario.
Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (CGMH) is a 68-bed hospital located in Collingwood.
Retirement Communities
Raglan Village Adult & Retirement Community www.raglanvillage.com/
Chartwell Georgian Traditions Retirement Residence www.chartwell.com/retirement-homes/chartwell-georgian-traditions-retirement-residence
Balmoral Place Retirement Community www.balmoralplace.ca/

9. Tillsonburg

Population: 15,872

Percentage of people over 65: 32%

Average Age: 46

Median Home Price: $301,184

About Tillsonburg
Tillsonburg is the perfect place to retire for those who enjoy the likes of a quiet town. Located between Chatham and Hamilton, Tillsonburg has a population of 15,872, 32% being retirement aged. The average price of a home in Tillsonburg is $301,184, the town has a low crime rate and offers low property taxes. The town also offers the Community Complex, which has an indoor pool as well as more amenities, and the Tillsonburg Community Shopping Centre.
Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital is committed to improving access to our facilities, services and care for patients, their families, visitors, staff and volunteers. Their services include Medical/Surgical Unit, Palliative Care, Pastoral Care, Rehabilitation Services & much more.

Retirement Communities
Tillsonburg Retirement Residence www.tillsonburgretirement.ca/
Harvest Crossing Retirement Community www.espritlifestyle.com/harvest-crossing-retirement-home/
Dayspring Residence www.dayspring-residence.ca

10. Thunder Bay

Population: 107,909

Percentage of people over 65: 23%

Average Age: 43

Median Home Price: $264,900

About Thunder Bay
As the largest city in Northwest Ontario, the former fur trading post, Thunder Bay offers a glimpse into Canada’s past while also providing the resources and amenities for modern living. Located off the shore of Lake Superior, Thunder Bay is the sunniest city in eastern Canada, and is also known for the abundance of outdoor activities. Snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, as well as sailing which makes this city a perfect place for outdoor recreation in every season! With the average home price of a home being $264,900, the low cost of living and gorgeous setting makes it one of the best places to retire in Ontario.
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre serves Thunder Bay and much of Northwestern Ontario. The hospital has 395 beds and all patient rooms are handicapped accessible. They are also a leader in providing cancer care.
Retirement Communities
Chartwell Thunder Bay Retirement Residence www.chartwell.com/retirement-homes/chartwell-thunder-bay-retirement-residence
Chartwell Glacier Ridge Retirement Residence www.comfortlife.ca/retirement-homes/chartwell-glacier-ridge-retirement-residence
Chartwell Isabella Retirement Residence www.chartwell.com/retirement-homes/chartwell-isabella-retirement-residence


11. Huntsville

Population: 19,816

Percentage of people over 65: 25%

Average Age: 45

Median Home Price: $164,900

About Huntsville
With a population of 19,816, Huntsville is the largest town in the Muskoka Region and is located about 3 hours north of Toronto. Huntsville is located on the Canadian Shield and is home to many lakes. Providing easy access to the Algonquin Park, Huntsville is a popular tourist destination for many and an easy retirement choice due to the low cost of living and affordable housing.
Huntsville District Memorial Hospital is a 37-bed care facility offering in-patient services and a 24/7 Emergency Department.
Retirement Communities
Chartwell Muskoka Traditions Retirement Residence www.chartwell.com/overview/chartwell-muskoka-traditions-retirement-residence
Country Moments www.country-moments.com/
Muskoka Landing Muskoka www.jarlette.com/long-term-care/muskoka-landing

12. Owen Sound


Percentage of people over 65: 30%

Average Age: 46

Median Home Price: $229,90

About Owen Sound
With a population of 21,341, Owen Sound is the largest urban community in the Grey and Bruce counties. Located on the southern shore of Georgian Bay, Owen Sound is known for its scenic natural attractions such as the multiple waterfalls found around the community. Owen Sound is also home to an array of festivals and events throughout the year such as the Festival of Northern Lights, Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival ensuring that entertainment is never too far away. With the low costs of living, housing (average price – $229,900), and the beautiful surroundings, Owen Sound is one of the best places to retire in Ontario.
The Owen Sound Hospital serves Owen Sound and the surrounding community as well as serving as the regional referral centre for Grey and Bruce Counties. Grey Bruce Health Services uses six hospital sites across the region to provide quality and convenient care to the residents
Retirement Communities
Central Place Retirement Community www.cpretirement.ca/
Seasons Owen Sound Seasons www.seasonsretirement.com/communities/owen-sound/
John Joseph Place http://www.southwesthealthline.ca/displayservice.aspx?id=13308

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  1. Kaspar Pold says:

    NOTL has no hospital at all, the small one in the past has been recently closed – your description is quite in error – you mean the new regional hospital in St. Catharines.

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