Cindy Armstrong

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Best Places in Canada to Retire

Deciding where to spend your retirement years is a big decision. Although you always have the option of changing your mind, in a perfect world a happy retirement includes finding the perfect place to enjoy life after spending most of it in the work place.  The Comox Valley offers a unique opportunity for retirees. In fact, in a recent ranking of Canadian cities listed on MoneySense, the city of Courtenay (the largest community in the Comox Valley) ranked 6th overall out of 190 cities based on criteria they thought defined “the best place to retire” in Canada.  Here’s why I think that Comox Valley real estate offers the best value for retirees.

Inspiration. Whether you love photography, music, volunteering, theatre, culinary experiences, ballroom dancing, pottery, or travel, the Comox Valley is a vibrant community. The natural beauty of beaches, mountains, rural agriculture, parks, and forests are all close by, so retirees are surrounded by nature and scenic opportunities. The arts and culture scene is also very rich with Comox Valley artist studios, live music venues, writers, theatre groups, festivals and community events. If helping people is what inspires you, the heart of the Comox Valley is also very healthy with a real diversity of non-profit groups and charities where you can stay involved with the community in a way that matches your interest. Culinary experiences in Courtenay abound with wineries, local farms, and a year round farmers’ market that celebrates all things local. The North Island College in Courtenay has an Elder College Program where seniors can continue to learn, and for travellers, the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) offers domestic and international flights for those who have waited for retirement as the opportunity to see more of the world. 

Activities. The recreational opportunities in the Comox Valley are a draw not only for retirees but for their visiting family members too. In fact, it’s not unusual for me to work with a client to help them find real estate in the Comox Valley, to then hear from their family members who want to relocate to the Comox Valley as well.  You can go skiing on Mount Washington in the morning, enjoy a late afternoon golf game on the green, and then take in an ocean view sunset all on the same day. With park areas, river side paths, bicycle-friendly transportation and active seniors groups all over the Comox Valley, there are more things to do than there are hours in a day, or you can curl up with a good book, and enjoy days of doing “nothing” in one of the most beautiful places in Canada. If rural life is your retirement passion, Comox Valley real estate also offers small acreages, where you can enjoy a long growing season, or build that B&B  you’ve always dreamed of.

Health. The Comox Valley offers milder temperatures in the winter than other Canadian cities so as a retiree you can enjoy an active lifestyle year round.  Health care facilities in the Comox Valley are expanding, including plans for a new hospital to be built in Courtenay. The Comox Valley also has several retirement communities, and assisted living facilities so retirees can continue to feel confident about enjoying a high quality of life for years to come.

Affordability. MoneySense ranked Courtenay among the best in Canada in the categories of affordable housing and taxes, in fact Courtenay ranked in the top 3 for having affordable taxes.  With such a high quality of life in the Comox Valley, the value of real estate properties extends beyond the value of the structures themselves, yet real estate listings in the Comox Valley are still more affordable than larger urban centres.

Let’s get together, and I’ll show you current real estate listings in Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland, or any of the surrounding areas. You’ll be amazed by the diversity available from ocean view condos to single level patio homes, ranch style homes, or hidden rural treasures.

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