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How to choose where to retire in southern Ontario

As people move into their 60s and 70s they start to think about where to relax and enjoy their retirement. Southern Ontario offers a plethora of cities that offer both natural beauty and modern conveniences for retirees. Here are some of the best places for an elderly person to retire in one of the many excellent Ontario retirement communities.

Best places to retire in southern Ontario


This charming town is located in Norfolk County, known for its serene atmosphere and scenic beauty. It is surrounded by verdant fields and forests making it an ideal destination for seniors who love nature. It is home to many parks including Wellington Park. Simcoe offers a range of interesting landmarks, such as the Norfolk War Memorial which has bells that ring hourly. Other places worth visiting in the area are the Norfolk Arts Centre and the Lighthouse Festival Theatre, both of which are a short drive from the town center.

Aspira Cedar Crossing located right in the heart of Simcoe offers flexible retirement living options in this picturesque community.


This is a favored destination for retirees owing to its excellent standard of living. It boasts stunning beaches, picturesque parks, and a downtown core full of history with a range of restaurants and shopping options. Some of the noteworthy parks in Whitby include the Lynde Shores Conservation Area and Heber Down Conservation Area. Attractions in Whitby that are worth visiting include the Station Gallery, and the Whitby Public Library.

St. Catharines

This city is in the Niagara Region of southern Ontario. It is an excellent place for retirees who love the outdoors, as it is surrounded by stunning natural scenery, including the Niagara Escarpment, Lake Ontario, and the Niagara River. St. Catharines is also home to several attractions, including the Lakeside Park Carousel, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, and the Welland Canal.


This pretty lakeside town is located in the Niagara Region, famous for its wineries and vineyards. Seniors who love wine and want to experience the region's vineyards will relish living in Grimsby. It is also surrounded by picturesque landscapes, such as the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario. Some of the landmarks in Grimsby that are worth visiting include the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area, the Grimsby Museum, and the Grimsby Farmers Market.


With many beautiful parks and landmarks there is plenty to enjoy and explore in Milton, including the Crawford Lake Conservation Area and Kelso Conservation Area. These areas offer a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, birdwatching, and fishing. Milton is also home to the popular Springridge Farm, offering seasonal events, fresh produce and wagon rides. Seniors who are interested in history and culture can visit the Waldie Blacksmith Shop and Country Heritage Park.

Aspira Martindale Gardens is close to Mill Pond in Milton’s Rotary Park and offers a variety of retirement options.

Port Hope

This pleasant town is located in Northumberland County, known for its small-town charm and historical architecture. It is home to a thriving arts community, a beautiful harbour, and scenic parks. The town is surrounded by natural beauty, including the nearby Ganaraska Forest and Lake Ontario. Some of the landmarks in Port Hope that are worth visiting include the Capitol Theatre, the Port Hope Farmers' Market, and the Canadian Firefighters Museum.

Why Southern Ontario is the best place to retire?

For seniors who want to enjoy an abundance of nature and a peaceful lifestyle, southern Ontario offers many options of retirement living for everyones interests. From picturesque towns to stunning landscapes and landmarks, there's no shortage of places to explore and savour in southern Ontario.

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