Kingston named one of the best places to retire in Canada

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

KINGSTON – Robert Satchwill comes to Kingston’s Seniors Centre to play Bridge every Monday with his wife.
8 years ago he was an Edmonton resident…but decided to make the move to the Limestone City to retire — and hasn’t looked back since.
Robert Satchwill/Kingston Resident:
“The winters are mild. The summers are wonderful. It’s not too hot. It’s beautiful scenery in the whole area.”
According to MoneySense Magazine’s annual list of top cities to retire in — Kingston ranked number 9.
Heather Senoran/Videographer:
“Money Sense Magazine says the factors that make a city more favourable to retirees include things like nice weather, low taxes, easy access to transit and trails for walking and cycling. The publication says a thriving arts scene and a strong sense of community also helps.”
Kingston earned top marks for good access to health care and affordable housing. Topping the list was Victoria B.C with Ottawa coming in at number 2.
Back at the Senior’s Centre, Chuck Denis is a table tennis instructor and has been playing for more than 75 years.
The Orillia native says Kingston should have been number 1 due to the tight knit community.
Chuck Denis/Table Tennis Instructor:
“This is the right size. You’re 20 minutes, half an hour from anywhere. When they talk about a traffic jam here, people that have been elsewhere smile and say really?”
“There’s so much to do for seniors in this area that no one should feel complacent to sit around and do nothing.”
There are about 5 thousand members at the Seniors Centre — in the fall, up to 800 people visit the facility daily.
The executive director says seniors make up a significant part of the city’s population. Don Amos/Executive Director, Seniors Association:
“And will continue to grow for a number of years especially as the baby boomers are starting to filter through retirement and what that looks like for them.”

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