Where is the ‘grey wave’ pooling? Summerland has been Voted One of Our top five B.C. retirement towns

Investors should look at top retirement towns in B.C. – the province that 15 per cent of Canadians in other provinces want to move to in their golden years

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Lise Boullard Frank O'Brien Western Investor

January 31, 2020


Proximity to wineries, fruit orchards, golf courses and some of the longest sunlight hours in Canada are just a few of the perks retirees enjoy in this community located just west of Okanagan Lake in B.C.’s Interior. Short and mild winters can be spent on the ski hills at Big White and Apex, while spring, summer and fall are for lake days, birdwatching, hiking and winery tours. The town’s general hospital, Summerland Health Centre, offers outpatient care while numerous retirement residences provide options in this often-sundrenched setting.

Retirees living on the Okanagan Lake near Summerland have a host of activities to choose from, including lake days and winery tours. | Getty Images

Snap stats:

  • Average house price: $481,193

  • Medical services: Summerland Health Centre is located in town; Penticton Regional Hospital is 19 kilometres away

  • Crime rate: 61 offences per 1,000 people (province wide crime rate: 74 incidents per 1,000 people)

  • Number of seniors: 2,885 (2016), or 33 per cent of the population

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