A city with historic charm and modern amenities, Halifax has lots of great qualities that make it attractive to people who are retired or thinking of retiring. With a population of a little over 430,000, Halifax has a small town vibe with the attractions and qualities that make it very appealing.

Halifax has a large concentration of health-care and other facilities that provide specialized care such as the QEII Health Centre, the IWK-Grace Health Centre and the NS Cancer Centre. In addition, Halifax is home to a number of privately owned and provincially run nursing homes offering everything from independent living to full care. The Berkley, Shannex and Parkland all provide excellent care as private institutions while provincial long term care is provided in nursing homes such as St Vincent's and Northwood Manor. In 2019, the provinces first hospice opened in Halifax providing professional, compassionate end-of-life care.

Halifax is easily accessible by land or by sea and has an International Airport providing easy access to flights across Canada and around the world. Getting around Halifax is made easy by the robust transit system that includes two ferries connecting downtown Halifax to downtown Dartmouth. Halifax has a growing number of bike lanes with more planned through a partnership with the Federal Government. For those who like to walk, Halifax is a walkable city in many neighbourhoods in addition to close proximity walking trails such as Shubenacadie Park, Point Pleasant Park, Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and the Beechville Lakeside Timberlea Trail to name a few. More info on trails in Halifax here.

Culture and entertainment are in no short supply in Halifax with Neptune Theatre, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and lots of festivals and events throughout the year. Museums focusing on the history of Halifax, immigration and our seafaring heritage are all located throughout the city.


With 5 Universities and a strong Community College system, there is opportunity and access to lectures and courses for seniors looking to continue their life-long learning. SCANS (Seniors College Association of NS) is a volunteer based organization providing opportunities to seniors. The libraries throughout Halifax are another source of learning. Volunteer organizations and boards are always looking for volunteers providing lots of opportunities for people who want to remain active and involved in the community.

There are lots of housing options for retirees in Halifax. Many people remain in their own home while others may choose a more maintenance-free option like condo or apartment living. New developments in recent years throughout the city provide great options for people who are retired or thinking of retiring. Whether you want to live in the heart of Halifax or Dartmouth or prefer other neighbourhoods like the North End, Bedford, or Clayton Park, there are lots of both condo and apartment buildings to choose from. Many of the newer housing developments include townhouse and one level housing options. 

Staying active and involved when retired is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Physical activities such as golf, tennis, lawn bowling, sailing and more all have programs geared toward retirees and seniors. In addition, community centres located in various areas of the city offer programming and social opportunities.

Halifax is the perfect place for retirement living!

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