Facing the prospect of retiring can bring with it many emotional responses. There’s the thrill of no longer answering to a boss; the worry of how you’re going to afford it, and the excitement of knowing that your time is now your own. So if you’re considering making retirement the beginning of the next stage of your life, you may be thinking about moving elsewhere. Here are 10 reasons why you should think about moving to the Great White North in your twilight years:
In general, the cost of living in Canada is significantly lower than it is in the US or other developed countries. Housing, transport and food tend to be more affordable in most parts of Canada, making the prospect of retiring a lot more palatable.
It’s easier to stay healthy…
As you get older, taking care of your health becomes more of a priority, and Canada is a great place to get healthy and stay fit. Jog through the pleasant parks or take a hike through the hills, breathing in clean air and taking in the gorgeous atmosphere.
…and more affordable, too
Canada’s healthcare system is of a very high standard, and thanks to the country’s national healthcare system, insurance and medical costs are significantly lower than in the US.
It’s safe and secure
Since Canada’s a neutral country, there’s very little civil unrest. It’s a safe and comfortable place to live with a straightforward and commonsense approach to social and political issues.
It’s a friendly and easygoing place to live
Canadians tend to be relaxed, laid back and friendly, and are very welcoming of newcomers, making it a great place to make a new home.
There’s plenty to do outdoors…
There’s no shortage of activities to keep you occupied in Canada. Whether you’re into skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling or bungee jumping, Canada is the world’s biggest adventure playground. Whether you’ve always wanted to take up snowshoeing or are dying to spend more time getting back to nature, Canada’s breathtaking natural landscape has something for you.
…and staying in can be fun, too
If you’re less inclined to spend all your time outdoors, you may be drawn to Canada’s rich artistic and cultural heritage. Spend your newfound free time in some of the museums, galleries and theatres that make up some of the country’s great cultural institutions.
It’s a great place to be single
If you’re widowed, divorced or just ready to meet the right person, Canada’s an amazing place to meet and get to know new people. You may find your partner at a local retiree group, or online using a site such as eHarmony.ca. Thanks to its population of mature singles and its many attractive options for retirees, senior dating in Canada is alive and well.
It’s time to live for you
Retirement is a great opportunity to live the life you’ve always wanted. Whether it’s spending time by the beach or waking up every morning and hitting the slopes, it’s time for you to enjoy living as you’ve always dreamed. From the outdoor pursuits to the friendly locals to the opportunities for senior dating, you can find all that you’re looking for in Canada.
Retirement in Canada
Some interesting facts and resources for retiring in Canada.
Canadians retire happier
An article about a survey that shows retired Canadians are happier than in the US.
Best Places to live in Canada
Moneysense’s list of the best places to live in Canada.