With its vast landscapes and beautiful mountain ranges, Alberta is one of Canada’s most stunning provinces. Known as a great place to work and raise a family, it is also a great place to retire!
Outside of Alberta’s two largest cities, Edmonton and Calgary, there are a number of smaller towns throughout the province that offer attractive options for anyone looking to retire in comfort. Alberta’s communities are incredibly diverse and welcoming - and enjoy a high standard of living. Many people who have lived in larger cities and owned their own home can make use of their equity when purchasing real estate or securing a life lease in a seniors’ community.
So, what are the top three reasons that make this province the place for seniors?
Smaller central Alberta communities like Lacombe, Rocky Mountain House and Red Deer offer a slower pace of life than larger cities, while still providing retirees with the popular amenities they expect. Easily accessible stores and lower traffic volumes are just a few of the perks. Calm neighbourhoods with low crime levels and free parking make getting around a breeze at any age.
A relaxed lifestyle can still be an active one. In Red Deer, seniors can choose from the Collicutt Centre or Michener Aquatic Centre, to name a few. Lacombe offers a variety of recreation options through the Lacombe Sports and Leisure Complex and the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre. In Rocky Mountain House, seniors can explore a world of opportunities in the Christenson Sports & Wellness Centre.
Along with the interesting shops in Red Deer’s downtown core, seniors can enjoy browsing Bower Place Mall and Parkland Mall. A stop at Country Basics in Rocky Mountain House or The Vintagebelle’s Antique & Boutique in Lacombe can yield some one-of-a-kind treasures.
Many retirement communities also offer weekly outings, so seniors get to enjoy everything that these communities have to offer, including numerous local fairs and events throughout the year.
All three of these communities in central Alberta offer excellent access to health care and medical services that would rival those of any overcrowded city. With such excellent services, it’s hard to ignore the benefits of waking up to mountain fresh air every day.
Red Deer, Lacombe and Rocky Mountain House have multiple locations for health care services, all within a short distance to any community.
There are also more options for independent living accommodation with optional care services available. Seniors are seeing the value in assisted living communities, and that is why they are turning to Senior Living facilities to achieve that ‘best of both worlds’ arrangement they were looking for.
The beauty of central Alberta is not lost on those looking to slow down, and Rocky Mountain House fits right in. Considered the gateway to the Canadian Rockies, the town borders the North Saskatchewan River, bringing together the natural beauty of the area. The central community is surrounded by forest and trees that provide a sense of tranquility between each neighbourhood. Only a few minutes away, access waterfalls and scenic views that would be hard to replicate anywhere else.
Lacombe offers a quiet small town charm with old brick buildings on main street and farmland surrounding the community. Flowers are planted by the city along main streets, and locations like the library have clean and inviting exteriors that include landscaping. The city’s outdoor tennis courts were recently updated and now offer new lines so that Pickleball can be played in spring and summer months, bringing together locals of all ages.
The Red Deer area is located in Aspen Parkland, and this offers rolling hills among clean neighbourhoods filled with assorted trees. Rich with history, attractions and activities, it’s hard to deny the appeal of this growing community. Kerry Wood Nature Centre, owned by the municipality, hosts a large park and a bird sanctuary that surely offers nature’s sweetest sounds in spring. Pick your own produce at the Jungle Farm and view the picturesque farmland that surrounds the city.
With great options for living in central Alberta the choice of where to live is made even easier. We have communities in all three of these three popular locations—contact us and book a tour. Discover the excitement of central Alberta for yourself and see what all the fuss is about!