Why retire to Calgary, Alberta

City view of Calgary AlbertaWhat’s on your wish list for the ideal place to retire?


  • dry and sunny all year round – damp plays havoc with your joints!
  • warm in the summer – but not too hot (or humid!)
  • crisp, clean winter air – and a clean city location to match
  • efficient transport and all-year round facilities
  • good healthcare


In Calgary Alberta, you can tick all these off your wish list – and add some more!

Positioned on dry prairies east of the scenic Rocky Mountains, Calgary may not be the first place you think of for retirement. After all, it’s probably best known outside Canada for hosting the Winter Olympics.

Calgary: warm, dry and sunny

Calgary is the sunniest of the top Canadian cities, enjoying on average 332 days of sun a year. The city also has low humidity, which rarely rises about 55% even in the height of summer. The air quality is good too, and the warm Chinook winds bring delightfully warm spells even in winter. So, it’s no wonder that people first settled here beside the Bow River and Elbow River almost 11,000 years ago!

Calgary was once known as Cowtown, and still has the laid-back atmosphere of a city in touch with its pioneer and ranching roots. The annual Calgary Stampede, first held way back in 1912, attracts visitors from around the world to celebrate in traditional cowboy style.

Calgary downtown: sleek, modern, smart

However, take the city’s C-Train Transit system into downtown Calgary, and you’re straight into the modern world, with eye-catching modern skyscrapers of glass and steel that glisten and sparkle in the sunshine. Raised walkways criss-cross above street level, so you can shop all winter long in comfortable warmth – and leave the snow boots at home.

Eco-friendly, sustainable transport

The city’s transit system is 100% fuelled by sustainable energy, and along with a remarkable absence of litter, ensured that Calgary was voted the world’s cleanest city by Forbes Magazine in 2007. And the awards don’t stop there. The Economist ranked Calgary as the world’s most liveable city for the 7th (yes, 7th) year in a row, thanks in part to its excellent scores for infrastructure, culture and top score for healthcare.

Calgary healthcare: leading the way

With four major hospitals, and numerous private specialist clinics, Calgary is very much a “healthcare-rich” city. The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary is a centre of medical excellence, researching into major conditions including cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes, joint injury, arthritis and genetics. With so much healthcare on offer, you really can relax and enjoy retirement, knowing that expert treatment is available should you need it.

Have we tempted you yet?

Come and see for yourself – just call for a personalised visit when we can answer all your questions about retirement and senior independent living in Calgary.

Enjoying the good life in Calgary

So, what might you do in Calgary now you’re retired? The answer is – whatever you wish! Calgary is a cosmopolitan city with a packed calendar of festivals and arts events all year round, and is home to the Alberta Ballet Company and the Calgary Opera. With efficient transport until late at night, and much lower than average crime rates, it’s a safe city to enjoy any time of day or night.

Calgary residents love their sports too, with both NHL and Canadian Football League teams, and of course lots of winter sports at the Canada Olympic Park. Calgary is also home to one of the most famous wrestling schools in the country! During the long summer days, you’ll find locals fly-fishing on the riverbanks, walking scenic trails in Banff National Park, picnicking under shady trees beside the Bow River in one of the city’s many parks, and generally enjoying the Great Outdoors.

The Manor Villages: Calgary’s finest senior living communities

We built our first ever Manor Village Life Center right here in Calgary, and our Residents liked it so much, we built a few more! Now, we welcome you to a range elegant retirement communities in some of Calgary’s most popular neighborhoods, including Signature Park, Garrison Woods, Huntingdon Hills, and Rocky Ridge, with two more Planned Communities scheduled for Varsity and Fish Creek Park in 2018!

Come and see for yourself how our purpose-built centers have the look of a luxury hotel, with the warmth, friendliness and sense of belonging of a family home.

So, whether you want to live an Independent Lifestyle free from the worries, chores and costs of home ownership, or looking for enhanced care for aging parents, grandparents or relatives no longer able to care for themselves, visit any of The Manor Villages in Calgary Alberta.

We’ll show you around and answer all your questions with no obligation and no hard sell, and you can even join the Residents for lunch prepared by our resident Chef. Just click here to book an appointment.