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This City Was Voted Fourth Best Place to Retire in Canada

posted on October 03, 2022 in Sudbury

You may be asking yourself, ‘where is the best place in Ontario to retire?’

It's true that the ideal retirement checklist looks a little different for everyone, but there are some “must haves” that show up consistently for retirees. Well, if beautiful scenery, excellent hospital care, a low cost of living, and an active community environment are on your list – look no further than Sudbury, Ontario.

Greater Sudbury

The city of Greater Sudbury is the largest city in Northern Ontario. It is built on the Canadian Shield amongst many small, rocky mountains. This beautiful landscape throughout the city means that residents and tourists alike enjoy Sudbury for its unique mix of urban and wilderness environments.

Once known predominantly for its lumber and mining industries, more Canadians are relocating to the Northern city. New residents are taking advantage of the desirable qualities that Sudbury has to offer, especially when compared to its pricier counterpart cities. A new report by Yahoo Finance named Sudbury the fourth best place to retire in the country, awarding the city an excellent rating of 8.2/10. If you ask us, it deserves even higher!

ü Beautiful Scenery

With 330 lakes within the city limits, Sudbury is aptly named the City of Lakes. Not only are these bodies of water beautiful, but they also offer year-round recreation opportunities for residents to enjoy. Whether you want to launch your boat, lounge at the beach, or go for an ice skate, you can do it all from the comfort of your new city.

ü Excellent Hospital Care:

Once you’re retired you want to be in the best health to fully enjoy your hard-earned downtime. Sudbury is home to Health Sciences North, a large teaching hospital that services patients from across Northeastern Ontario.

The proximity of this hospital, and the fact that it is the largest employer in Sudbury, means you can rest assured that all your healthcare needs will be met by qualified healthcare professionals.

ü Low Cost of Living:

It will come as no surprise to Canadians that the cost of living is at an all-time high across the country. This means that it is now more important than ever to consider affordability when deciding where to retire.

The cost of living in Sudbury is 20% lower than the Ontario average, and 11% lower than the national average. Sudbury’s lower rent and food costs will help you maximize your retirement money. Though Sudbury is known for its Big Nickel at the Dynamic Earth science museum, you won’t have to nickel and dime to afford to retire here.

ü Active Community Environment:

Retiring does not mean that your social life must slow down. The Sudbury Senior Center provides social, recreational, and educational activities for the community, such as lifelong learning classes, computer assistance, and health and wellness information. Additionally, the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) has a chapter in Sudbury that puts on a weekly dance at the Minnow Lake Legion, providing an event for local seniors to dance and socialize.

If dancing is not your thing, not to worry! You can take in some art at the Sudbury Art Gallery or grab a drink at Crosscut Distillery. Looking for something to do with your grandchildren? There are more than 30 wilderness and urban trails for you to explore together. You can also check out Sudbury’s tourism website for upcoming events, tours and sightseeing options, the best places to shop, and all things arts and culture.

Si vous parlez francais, ou vous voulez améliorer votre français, Sudbury est une ville bilingue avec une grande population francophone.

Now that you know everything that Sudbury has to offer, all that’s left to do is to find your new home!

Sudbury houses one of the largest municipally run retirement homes in Ontario, Regent Manor. Regent Manor offers housekeeping, laundry and cooking services for its residents. It also fosters a welcoming community environment by offering social activities that include daily exercise classes and bingo.

If you prefer apartment living, Panoramic Properties manage several Greater Sudbury residential communities, with locations on Nesbitt Drive or Hyland Drive. These apartments are perfect for seniors looking for an exclusive, worry-free rental experience.

Each luxury apartment offers a modern open-concept design with imported Italian cabinetry, individualized heating and cooling systems, and prices that include all utilities. The buildings have beautifully maintained grounds and walking trails, various suite layouts, and stunning city views. There is also 24-hour emergency maintenance staff on-call for any issues that may arise. Without the concerns of property maintenance and repairs, you are free to use your time for what matters - relaxing.

Looking for an even simpler retirement? Panoramic Properties also offers furnished apartments for an even easier transition to Sudbury retirement living. These apartments are artfully furnished to offer all the comforts of home with none of the stress of moving in your own furniture – all you need to bring is yourself.

So, is Sudbury a good place to retire? You tell us.