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Top 10 Places to Retire in Canada (2013)

Submitted by on April 15, 2013 – 10:20 amNo Comment

Inner Harbour in Victoria, British Columbia, CanadaWhen you’re think­ing about where to retire, are you think­ing about Canada?

Canada may not come to mind as read­i­ly as, say, Mexico, Costa Rica, or the south of France, but plen­ty of peo­ple do retire to Canada from oth­er coun­tries.

And many oth­ers, par­tic­u­lar­ly Americans, choose to live in Canada part-time dur­ing their retire­ment years.

A rea­son­able cost of liv­ing, good weath­er (yes, real­ly!), and of course, read­i­ly-avail­able health care are all advan­tages of choos­ing Canada as a retire­ment des­ti­na­tion.

MoneySense mag­a­zine con­sid­ers these fac­tors and more — includ­ing low tax­es, low crime rates, ease of get­ting around on foot, and afford­able homes — in their annu­al rank­ing of Canada’s Best Places to Retire.

According to the MoneySense 2013 rank­ings, the two top Canadian retire­ment des­ti­na­tions are on BC’s Vancouver Island — per­haps not unex­pect­ed, since BC over­all, and Vancouver Island in par­tic­u­lar, has the coun­try’s mildest cli­mate.

Many of the oth­er top retire­ment spots for 2013 are in Ontario, which scores par­tic­u­lar­ly high for cul­tur­al activ­i­ties and (at least out­side of Toronto) for mod­er­ate liv­ing costs.

Here’s the 2013 MoneySense Best Places to Retire list:

  1. Victoria, BC
  2. Saanich, BC
  3. Kingston, ON
  4. Burlington, ON
  5. Ottawa, ON
  6. Toronto, ON
  7. Joliette, QC
  8. Saskatoon, SK
  9. Stratford, ON
  10. Winnipeg, MB

MSN Money recent­ly weighed in with their own list of the Top 10 Canadian Cities to Retire. They’ve made some of the same picks as MoneySense, but their list includes more larg­er cities:

  1. Owen Sound, ON
  2. Calgary, AB
  3. Victoria, BC
  4. Ottawa, ON
  5. Quebec City, QC
  6. Halifax, NS
  7. Vancouver, BC
  8. Fredericton, NB
  9. Toronto, ON
  10. Stratford, ON

If you’re think­ing about retir­ing to Canada, we’ve com­piled some resources to help you get start­ed: How to Retire to Canada.

And please leave a com­ment if you have tips to share about retir­ing to Canada.

Victoria Inner Harbour pho­to © Carolyn B. Heller

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