Best Small Towns in Ontario to Live

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After retiring from the job you have worked for so many years, you want to enjoy your new lifestyle.

Many retirees in Canada often begin to pursue new passions, visit new places, join retirement communities, or do other activities

in their free time.

Some people may decide to travel the world in their retirement years. However, others may find that a peaceful local town may be the best option. These individuals may think about retiring in one of the best small towns in Ontario.

If you stay in a Canadian city, moving to small towns in Ontario can offer a change of pace. And there is no better time to explore change than after retirement. For older adults looking for a retirement community, Seasons Retirement has options for independent living that will allow them to live active, independent lives.

Here at Seasons Retirement Communities, we have beautiful accommodations in small towns and small cities across Ontario. This article discusses some of the best small towns to live in Ontario for seniors.

1.    Lakeshore

Located in Windsor-Essex, Lakeshore is one of the best small towns in Ontario. It is an exciting region that provides a high quality of life. You will find many colourful art galleries, shops, boutiques, and markets here in this area.

Lakeshore is known for its tourist spots and great recreational activities. For example, the Atlas Tube Recreation Centre offers a well-stocked public library, tennis courts, gymnasiums, and a therapeutic pool. Just outside the facility, you will find basketball courts.

Older people can visit the Belle River Marina to row and sail in boats as a sport or form of recreation. Lakeshore has many other marinas along the waterfront.

Apart from culture and recreation, easy access to excellent health care makes Lakeshore attractive for older adults. Seasons also offers a beautiful retirement community in Lakeshore with apartment and townhome living options.

2.    Niagara-on-the-Lake

This is another beautiful town situated in the southern part of Ontario that is popular among tourists. The trees and flowers fully bloom in the summer, and you are treated to views of historical buildings dating back to the 19th century.

Unlike the lively Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake offers more peaceful living.

The town has good weather, various wineries, art galleries, a bustling theatre scene and serves as a tourist destination for visitors of Niagara Falls. Furthermore, you get to enjoy the beach views from the town and treat yourself to some serenity.

3.    Stoney Creek

As a retiree, if you are looking for a lovely small town to live in, Stoney Creek is a great option. This community in Hamilton has plenty of nature, waterfalls, and conservations. If you are looking for a spot to appreciate mother nature, there is no better place than the Devil’s Punchbowl, as it provides a great scenic view.

Also, there is the Niagara Escarpment, where residents can do biking, trekking, biking, and photography in the backyard. Finally, they are known to be a town of winemakers, as they produce some of the best wines in Ontario.

Older adults looking for a retirement community in Stoney Creek can find a place to call home at Seasons.

4.    Elora

Elora is a charming sight to behold and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful towns in Ontario. It’s perched on a gorge between the Grand River banks and features several events, including the Riverfest musical festival. Stroll along the bridges over the Grand River and experience the adventures of the Elora Gorge Conservation Area.

You will see many restored historic buildings when you walk around the town. Visit any of the town’s restaurants and treat yourself to a fantastic collection of local and international delicacies.

5.    Cambridge

Located in southwestern Ontario, Cambridge is a thriving cosmopolitan area united by its unique culture, heritage, rivers, and beautiful scenery.

Cambridge features excellent river views, farmland, ravines, and rolling hills. Also, there are trendy shopping malls, restaurants, gift shops, antiques, and art galleries.

Cambridge is a safe and exciting town that provides excellent social amenities, a dependable transit bus system, and a secure environment for older people.

Explore the accommodations that Seasons Retirement Communities offers residents in Cambridge.

6.    Paris

Located in southwestern Ontario, this place has around 12,000 residents and sits on the Grand and Nith rivers.

In Paris, you’ll see many historical structures, fine eateries and quaint shops. The town has many cobblestone buildings as ancient builders used more than 14,000 cobblestones to erect several structures. This is why the city is nicknamed the ‘Cobblestone Capital of Canada.’ Furthermore, there’s the chance to engage in many outdoor recreational activities and enjoy nature here.

7.    Stratford

With approximately 31,000 residents, Stratford is one of the small towns in Ontario and is famous for its cultural arts scene, particularly celebrating Shakespearean theatre. The town celebrates the Stratford Festival annually and records an audience of over 500,000.

In addition, the town features arts, theatre and music. You get to enjoy the beautiful view of parks and gardens as you journey around the city. Also, the town organizes several yearly occasions, such as the Stratford Summer Music, which attracts visitors and runs for one month.

Apart from its theatrical productions, Stratford has a range of fine restaurants with top culinary skills. Furthermore, there are parks for recreation such as the Shakespearean Gardens, among others, where you can relax and have a good time.

Finally, the town is easily walkable as it features lively streets, and residents can take some time out in the evenings to stroll.


Seasons Retirement offers older adults in Ontario beautiful accommodations in some of the best towns in the province. If you are looking to settle after retirement in any of these small cities in Ontario, we are just one call away.

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