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Two Vancouver Island communities among top places to retire in Canada


Retirement dreams often involve picturesque landscapes, tranquil communities, and a lifestyle that embraces leisure and adventure.

For many Canadians eyeing their golden years, the search for the perfect retirement destination leads them to explore the diverse beauty and welcoming communities across the Great White North.

According to Sotheby’s International Realty, renowned purveyors of luxury real estate, the top 10 places to retire in Canada offer a blend of breathtaking naturescapes, top-notch healthcare facilities, and vibrant communities where one can truly savor life’s moments.

Among these coveted locales, two gems sparkle brightly on the map of retirement havens: Victoria and Parksville, nestled along the stunning shores of Vancouver Island.

Victoria, which took top spot, beckons retirees with its mild climate, enchanting beaches, and mesmerizing ocean vistas, according to the realty firm.

“With a mild climate, picturesque beaches and ocean views, and a vibrant community, Victoria is one of Canada’s most popular retirement destinations,” reads the bio for the capital.

For those seeking an active lifestyle, the city boasts several scenic golf courses, along with dozens of parks and gardens. And while some may dispute it, according to Sotheby’s, Victoria also offers top-notch healthcare facilities and boasts a high population of doctors.

Meanwhile, Parksville, affectionately dubbed “Canada’s retirement capital,” exudes a laid-back coastal charm that captivates the hearts of those seeking a tranquil haven in their retirement years.

Nestled on the eastern shores of Vancouver Island, Parksville boasts the highest concentration of seniors per capita, creating a close-knit community where neighbours become lifelong friends.

Here, retirees can bask in the island’s mild climate year-round, indulging in a plethora of outdoor activities ranging from leisurely beach walks to exhilarating kayaking adventures on the Strait of Georgia. With its idyllic setting and abundance of recreational opportunities, Parksville epitomizes the quintessential Canadian retirement destination.

Other locations on the list include Okanagan Valley, Calgary, Canmore and Niagra-on-the-Lake—the full can be viewed here.

Victoria Buzz Staff
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