Retire in Canada

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Retirees share their experiences living in Canada. What are the challenges and rewards of retiring in Canada?

How do I meet people in Canada?

When we asked people living in Canada about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"Most things happen in, on or around Okanagan Lake which divides Kelowna and West Kelowna. There are two waterfronts with walkways. Music in the park on Friday evenings during summer. Festivals, street parades, wine tasting, cherry picking, beaches, parks, bears, hiking, mountain biking," commented one retiree living in Kelowna, Canada.

"We have great biking trails across the city, and tennis courts are abundant in many of our public parks. There are a few newcomers clubs that can be joined for a small fee and can be selected based on the area you choose to live in. We love our pets and many people have dogs that they also like to walk with their friends and neighbours. Continuing education in an area of interest through many of our colleges like George Brown, Sheridan, Centennial and Seneca are also a great way to meet people," explained one retiree living in Toronto.

"1. Volunteering, Junior Achievements, Rotary Club 2. Museum, London Museum, London Public Library 3. Gathering, Speed dating @ fast life, LinkedIn: gathering for professionals, Toastmaster," said another retiree in living in London, Canada.

"No night life and virtually no 'social bar' culture. Edmonton 30 minutes has a growing social scene on Whyte Ave. If you are a couple or single living in the city, it's a must. > Good sports facilities and relatively cheap golf, soccer, skiing, tennis, ice hockey, lacross etc., Join something or go mad," explained a retiree in Sherwood Park.

"I would recommend newcomers to get involved in sport teams or in the arts (hamilton is very big on this). Try to become active in Hamilton's social life, too. There are always parties or other events going on for all sort of people with different interests. The four major malls in the city are Limeridge Mall, Eatgate Square, Centre Mall, and Jackson Square. There are always social things going on in one of these malls, for example Sentre Mall some years holds a back to school fashion show for children 3-15 years old. This is a great way for the kids and their parents to meet new people,," explained one retiree living in Hamilton.

"Calgary Outdoor Club, Any Health Club, A Church, Walk in the off leash dog parks with your dog- you will meet a number of people," said another member in Calgary.

What is life like in Canada?

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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