If you’ve had the pleasure of spending time in Niagara, driving through the region or even just living nearby, you’ve probably already thought about retiring here. With its mild winter weather, beautiful vistas, historical cities and engaging atmosphere, Niagara-on-the-Lake and the surrounding area boasts some highly desirable real estate. It’s particularly popular with seniors and soon-to-be retirees! If you’re considering buying a home in the Niagara region to begin the next chapter of your life, we think you’ll be quite pleased with everything the area has to offer.
Some of the most popular cities in which to put down retirement roots in Niagara include Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, and Port Colbourne—but there are plenty more cities, towns, and picturesque villages to choose from, too. Here’s what makes this stunning and bountiful part of Ontario such special real estate for seniors!
Yes, its own microclimate! The Niagara peninsula experiences warmer winters and cooler summers than the surrounding area thanks to warming (and cooling) breezes from Lakes Ontario and Erie. In all, the area enjoys from 1,800 to 2,000 hours of sunshine every single year. That’s up to 2,000 hours of golf, swimming, walking, cycling, lawn parties, gardening, meeting new friends and just plain lounging in the fresh air.
Retiring in Niagara is a great option for people with active, social lifestyles. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy public holiday celebrations, outdoor farmer’s markets, wine tastings and tours, open-air concerts, art festivals, historic tours, and more! If you’re new to the area, you’ll have no trouble filling your calendar and making local friends with similar interests. And, when you crave the hustle and bustle of big city life, Toronto is just around the corner. Having a home in Niagara means you can keep one foot in the city and one foot in town. It’s also a quick trip to Toronto Pearson International Airport, whether you’re catching a holiday flight or picking up the kids to come and visit over Christmas.
St. Catharines, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Welland, and nearby communities are supported by the Niagara Health System, which includes five local hospitals. Within this network of emergency care facilities, you’ll find specialists in oncology, optometry, kidney and dialysis care, cardiac care, diagnostics, extended care, and more. That’s on top of the dozens of medical clinics and walk-ins available to you throughout the region, and the plentiful options for pharmacy delivery.
Have we mentioned all the delicious cuisine on offer in this splendid little part of the world? Omnivores, carnivores, vegans, and everyone in between will take heart at all the creative and delicious dining and take-out options available throughout the Niagara region. From the highly rated local vegan favourite in St. Catharines—The Vegan Hippy Chick—to the beloved house of meat in Niagara Falls—Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse—there truly is something for everyone to eat and fall in love with here. Even better, on those days when you want something special to eat but don’t feel up to the trip, use SkipTheDishes or DoorDash to order local and have it delivered!
Buying a home in the Niagara region entitles you to a lifetime of gorgeous weather and picturesque lakefront views—and you can enjoy both of those things atop a variety of leisure vehicles. Whether you’re a cyclist, a sailor, a windsurfer or a kiteboarder, you’re in the right place. For the water lovers in your household, scuba diving is available in Lake Ontario, while the unique sport of drift diving is available in Niagara River. Is there a sport missing? Start your own club! You’re sure to find some hidden afficionados waiting for someone just like you to cross their path.
Niagara Region Transit connects St. Catharines, Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Thorold, and Niagara Falls (plus a few extra locations) every Monday-Friday, excluding some holidays. In Niagara Falls, you can also use the Uber app to get around. To reach nearby Toronto or Hamilton, you can take the ViaRail train from Niagara Falls.
Niagara-on-the-Lake real estate is not only in vogue, it’s actually quite affordable—as is much of the real estate throughout the region! When compared to the undersized apartments most retirees can afford in Toronto, you’ll be astonished at all the living space the same budget affords you here in Niagara.
All that’s left is to find your perfect spot. Stroll along the Welland canal to watch the big ships pass by, or pick up some forgotten literature at Green Heron Books in Paris. Don’t forget to try some freshly baked Beechwood Doughnuts in St. Catharines! At some point as you zig-zag your way across Niagara you’ll find just the place you’re looking for—the perfect home in which to spend your retirement years.