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What are the best places to retire in central Ontario?

Central Ontario offers a diverse range of cities and towns to retire in, each with unique attractions and benefits. From bustling urban centers to tranquil rural communities, there's something for everyone. In this article, we'll take a closer look at some of the best places to consider when choosing an Ontario retirement home.

Best places to retire in central Ontario


This charming town is located on the southern shores of Lake Simcoe, offering a serene and relaxed way of life and stunning views of the lake. A must-visit spot is Claredon Beach Park which boasts a sandy beach, picnic areas, and playgrounds. Do some hiking on the Keswick Railway Path or enjoy some entertainment at Stephen Leacock Theatre. Another popular attraction is the Georgina Pioneer Village, a history museum showcasing life in rural Ontario during the 1800s.


Situated on the scenic Lake Simcoe, Barrie is a lively city with plenty of green spaces like Centennial Park, Sunnidale Park, and the Ardagh Bluffs which offer a range of activities for seniors who love outdoors and nature. Explore Barrie’s vibrant downtown lined with shops, eateries, and cultural hubs such as the renowned MacLaren Art Centre. Another cultural attraction worth visiting in Barrie is the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts.

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Toronto, the largest city in Canada, is an excellent choice for retirees looking for urban living with easy access to a wide range of amenities. The city is home to many landmarks, including the iconic CN Tower, and a host of world-class art galleries and theatres such as Massey Hall, the ROM, and the AGO. Toronto's numerous parks and green spaces include High Park, Trinity Bellwoods Park, and the Toronto Islands. Sports fans are also spoiled for choice with the city being home to Toronto’s Maple Leafs, Blue Jays and Raptors.


This is a picturesque town situated in the appealing Durham Region, known for its rich history and scenic beauty. The town's most notable landmark is the Uxbridge Historical Centre, a museum that showcases the town's pioneer heritage and Victorian architecture. Uxbridge is also a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering an array of parks and nature reserves to explore including Elgin Park and the Uxbridge Countryside Preserve which provides excellent opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, and wildlife viewing.


This pleasant town in the Humber River Valley offers seniors a peaceful escape. The town's main natural attraction is the Humber Valley Heritage Trail, boasting scenic views of the surrounding hills. Seniors can enjoy trekking or biking through the nearby Albion Hills Conservation Park. For art enthusiasts, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection houses an extensive collection of Canadian art, including works from the Group of Seven.


This small town on Sturgeon Lake is known for its idyllic downtown core and heritage buildings like Bigley's Shoe Store. Notable natural attractions include Lock 32 and Kawartha Settlers' Village, while Bobcaygeon Beach Park also offers great outdoor activities and beautiful lake views. This vibrant town also features a range of art galleries and shops along the main street.

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This friendly town in the heart of Ontario's farming region has notable cultural landmarks such as the Museum on the Boyne and the Gibson Centre for the Arts, a historic building that has been converted into a cultural centre. For seniors who enjoy spending time in nature, Earl Rowe Provincial Park and the nearby Beattie Pinery Provincial Park offer scenic views and opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities.


This vibrant lakeside city sits on the eastern border of the Greater Toronto Area. The city's most notable landmark is the Canadian Automotive Museum, which features a collection of classic cars and automotive artifacts. Another impressive historic site is Parkwood Estate. For those who enjoy spending time outdoors, Oshawa is home to several parks, including Lakeview Park and its accompanying beach, as well as the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens.


Located on the northern border of Toronto, vibrant Vaughan is home to numerous attractions. Its most notable landmark is Canada's Wonderland, a massive amusement park. Attractive green spaces include Boyd Conservation Area, a picturesque park with hiking trails, and the Kortright Centre for Conservation, a nature reserve with over 800 acres of forests and wetlands. A popular attraction for culture lovers, meanwhile, is the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Why central Ontario is the best place to retire?

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