You should love your neighbourhood. Where you live is about more than your commute or the size of your lot. It’s about the people you share it with, the pace, the amenities, and your quality of life. As you reach your retirement years, you’re going to have more time to enjoy the community you live in, more time for recreation and leisure, and more time to soak in your surroundings.
The Niagara Peninsula is a special place, and there are a lot of reasons it has become an attractive destination for retirees and people who are in the last years of their careers:
- It’s close to the GTA, but real estate prices are more forgiving, giving people moving out of the city an opportunity to upsize in space while downsizing in price.
- It’s Ontario’s wine country, with dozens of incredible vineyards, as well as having a temperate micro-climate that makes it a fantastic place for people who love easy access to fresh fruit and produce.
- Thriving arts and culture and great restaurants.
- Great healthcare facilities, with hospitals in numerous locations throughout the Peninsula.
- It has quick and easy access to Toronto, Hamilton, and Buffalo for those who are still working, or who want to stay close to family.
We’ve built communities throughout Niagara. We’ve found another great site in Niagara on the Lake, The Vintages at Four Mile Creek. Located in the village of St. David’s, part of the Niagara on the Lake municipality and only minutes from the historic heart of NOTL.
The Best Things About Living in Niagara on the Lake
Niagara on the Lake is a community with a rich history. It’s a picturesque town located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, its old town lined with charming 19th-century buildings and trees, surrounded by vineyards, farm country, and rural villages like St. David’s. It’s a thriving community of about 20,000 both in the historic centre and surrounding villages, and a destination for thousands of tourists in the summer-time, all drawn by its small-town beauty and charm.
If you’ve ever thought about looking at new homes in Niagara on the Lake, why not visit and try out some of the things that make the area such a great place to live and retire.
Niagara on the Lake’s historic town centre is home to quaint and unique independent shops, restaurants, and art galleries. From fashionable hats to indulgent cheese selections, there’s plenty to explore. Art lovers should make note not to miss Lakeside Pottery or the Niagara Image Gallery, and there are tons of bakeries, pastry shops, and a fresh market where you can enjoy lunch or take home some treats.
Wineries & Vineyards
Life in the heart of wine country certainly has its perks. There are about 20 wineries in the immediate NOTL area, from corporate wineries like Inniskillin to boutique independents. You don’t have to travel far, either. The Vintages at Four Mile Creek is located right next to the Five Rows Winery and the Ravine Estates Winery, on the edge of the Greenbelt.
The Niagara Ice Wine Festival in NOTL is a great opportunity to sample the region’s special dessert wine from vineyards across the peninsula all in one place, while the proximity to the vineyards means you can always stop by for dinner and take home some unique vintages.
The dining scene in Niagara is world-class, and with the closeness of farm country, there is a wealth of fresh food, artisanal meats and cheeses, and farm-to-table restaurants. From winery restaurants to British pubs and high tea, you won’t quickly run out of new places to try.
Great Golf Courses
The Niagara on the Lake Golf Club is the oldest course in North America. Located where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario, it provides a stunningly scenic nine-hole course and a dining room with one of the best views in the region. From its huge windows you can take in the waters and the view of the 18th-century Fort Niagara on the American side of the river.
Life on the Water
You don’t have to go up to cottage country to enjoy life on the water when you live in Niagara. With Lake Ontario and Lake Erie right next door, you’re only a quick drive away from numerous beaches through the region. For sailboat enthusiasts, the region is also home to sailboat clubs and marinas, and the sandy shores of Lake Erie are a great place to take the family.
The Shaw Festival is Niagara on the Lake’s annual theatre festival, featuring plays and musicals across 4 different stages. Attracting tourists and theatre-goers from around the world, the Shaw Festival was founded in 1962 and has become a regular feature of life in Niagara.
Adult Lifestyle Communities in NOTL
There is plenty to do and enjoy in Niagara on the Lake, but more than anything, moving to a tranquil community will change your lifestyle. It’s more relaxed and laid-back, a change of pace from always feeling like you’re running from one destination to another. It’s about realizing you’re not late for anything. Life here is calmer, and there’s more time to enjoy the comforts of home and the pleasures of the neighbourhood.
Whether you love the outdoors, days spent by the water, trying new things, wine tasting, or fine foods, Niagara on the Lake is waiting for you. It’s the perfect place to enjoy your retirement.
The Vintages at Four Mile Creek is in a prime location, with a vineyard right at your front doorstep and all the charms of Niagara on the Lake available close by. If you want to learn more about our adult lifestyle communities in Niagara on the Lake, get in touch. Our communities offer both townhome bungalows and detached homes that will fit your lifestyle. Get in touch today!