If the hot summers are killing you, head north to Canada! Those who retire in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia will find a great summertime climate, friendly neighbors and plenty to do. Just across the Halifax Harbour, is Dartmouth, the”City of Lakes”. On the Atlantic side of southern Nova Scotia, Dartmouth is just far enough away from the big city to enjoy everything Halifax has to offer, without being right in the middle of it. Canada’s longest running salt-water ferry, established in 1752, connects the two cities. The MacDonald suspension bridge also crosses the harbor.
The city is home to the Bedford Institute of Oceanography with weekday tours. This is a hands-on experience where you will learn about sea life and the environment as well as local history. Make your reservations well in advance of your trip as the tours are always full. There is also an aviation museum, dozens of local lakes, the Atlantic is not far away. There is a sportsplex facility with Hockey, swimming, running, and skating. There is a really nice farmer’s market every Saturday with local produce, crafts, and entertainment. Take a walk along the boardwalk or take the ferry over to Halifax. One of the places I liked the best was the Heritage Museum with artifacts and stories from the early settlement.
I found several lakefront (view!) apartment complexes with rents in the $800 to $1200 for a 1-2 bedroom unit. About 68,000 people call Dartmouth home and 16% are retired.
Dartmouth would be a great home base for a summer while exploring Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island. There are lots of festivals in town and in Halifax. If you are a sailor, the Atlantic Ocean is right at your doorstep with at least six marinas in the neighborhood. Eight golf courses dot the landscape.