Let’s face it, as we get older, the 9 to 5 routine becomes more and more difficult, not only from a physical perspective but from a mental health perspective. We get tired of the constant stresses of commuting, deadlines and the ongoing hustle and bustle that the urban lifestyle thrives upon. This is why we love escaping to the cottage and why we dream of the day when we can retire in cottage country. This dream is becoming a reality for more and more people as they reach their retirement years and the Parry Sound area is not only a viable option, it truly is retirement at its best!
Located on the shores of Georgian Bay, the town of Parry Sound is welcoming and full of hospitality. It is ideally located only two hours north of Toronto via highway 400, or 45 minutes by air to the local Parry Sound District Municipal airport. Throughout the area there restaurants, pubs & grills, cafes, bistros, waterfront patios and local resorts providing many great options for casual and fine dining. Quaint shops, boutiques, galleries and spas are nestled throughout the area and provide endless opportunities for shopping and browsing. Rich with heritage and culture, a number of museums, heritage sites, small theatres, art galleries, markets and local festivals, the well known Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, and the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame provide residents and visitors alike with plenty of options for a rich cultural experience. One of our favourite places in the area is the Stockey Centre, an incredible venue where fantastic musical concerts, special events, interactive shows, and TIFF and other films can be enjoyed. It truly is awesome!
From a practical perspective, Parry Sound offers excellent healthcare services. The West Parry Sound Health Centre provides a full range of in-patient and out-patient services through an innovated approach which integrates regional hospital and community services. Veterinary services are readily available for your beloved pets, and some of the larger stores such as Home Depot, Rona, Home Hardware, Shoppers Drug Mart, Wallmart , the LCBO, Sobeys, as well as smaller speciality shops and local farmers markets provide a wonderful selection of products and services. There is also a strong building and services industry in the district to support a wide range of building, maintenance, renovation and hobby type projects.
For those who love an active lifestyle that includes outdoor activity, the Parry Sound area is a wonderland! The spectacular and diverse topography offers mature forested areas, gorgeous rolling hills, countless lakes, and unparalleled beauty. Options for enjoying outdoor activities are abundant and include exceptional water based activities, hiking, mountain biking, bird and nature watching, and much more. For those who enjoy golfing, there are five beautifully appointed golf courses in the area, including the Parry Sound Golf and Country Club and the renowned The Ridge at Manitou. The multitude of unique and spectacular inland lakes also lend themselves to numerous water escapades and sports activities, and spectacular Georgian Bay offers countless choices for adventure, world renowned fishing, boating and sailing, and enjoying magnificent open vista sunsets. Georgian Bay’s 30,000 islands offers an experience with nature unparalleled anywhere else on the planet and is arguably one of the most spectacular bodies of water in the world.
So it is not surprising that you will find a real estate market in Parry Sound that is reflective of a wide range of retirement lifestyles. The market provides terrific opportunities for urban property owners to divest of their valuable real estate in the city and purchase vacant land to build a well thought-out retirement home, or resale property at a variety of attractive price points relative to the sale price of urban real estate.
For all of these reasons and many more, the Parry Sound area is certainly worth considering as your retirement destination. To explore different lifestyle options further visit www.thephillipsteam.ca.