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Retiring in Arizona from Canada

If shoveling snow, scraping ice and staying warm indoors doesn’t sound like your ideal retirement, it’s time to make plans to retire outside of Canada! Imagine spending your golden years enjoying the outdoors by golfing, biking, hiking and relaxing poolside every day. Sounds like a much better retirement plan, which is why Phoenix, Arizona is the ideal place for Canadians to retire.

Why You Should Retire in Arizona from Canada

Warm weather, all year round

With over 200 sunny days a year, Phoenix is one of the sunniest places to live in the United States. We know what you’re thinking, what about the summers? Although summers in Phoenix do reach into the triple digits, the other eight months of the year, residents enjoy perfect weather. No snow shoveling, limited rainy days, and the most beautiful sunsets you have ever seen. Most residents have their own ways of tackling the summer heat, from traveling to nearby states such as Colorado and Utah with cooler climates, to taking classes and joining groups that take place indoors. There are plenty of things to keep you busy during the summer months that involve air conditioning, cooler climates and swimming pools.

Outdoor activities

Due to the constant sunshine, Phoenix residents are able to enjoy many outdoor activities year round. With over 250 golf courses to choose from, all with the beautiful desert scenery, Phoenix is a golfer’s paradise. Phoenix residents also enjoy numerous walking paths and mountain hiking trails. The city is surrounded by mountains so no matter which way you turn, you will have hiking options to choose from. Although Phoenix may not have an ocean, there are plenty of lakes nearby, and the beautiful beaches of Mexico or San Diego are just a short drive away!

All the hustle and bustle of a big city

Phoenix is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., which means there are lots of things to do and see. Home to the Phoenix Suns, the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Coyotes, Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf Tournament, and many spring training games, there’s always a game to see. Phoenix is also home to many museums, theatres, amphitheaters, art walks, outdoor malls and shops, not to mention a long list of amazing award-winning restaurants. The Phoenix Metro Lightrail conveniently takes residents from one part of town to the other, with many restaurants, bars, and attractions along the way. Phoenix has all you could ever hope for in a big city.

Small town feel

Unlike other big cities, Phoenix has grown outward, creating a variety of communities and small towns, which together make up the large Phoenix Metro area. This means that there are many smaller communities within the big city, so residents enjoy the big city feel when they want it, but also reap the benefits of living in a small-town community. With suburbs like Mesa, Glendale, Chandler, Tempe, and Peoria, you are able to go to your local coffee shop and order “the usual,” see your neighbors at the local grocery store, and feel comfortable and safe walking to the neighborhood park at night.


Canadians retiring in Phoenix will also appreciate the low cost of living. Phoenix has a lower cost of living than the national average, and is much more affordable than nearby cities like San Diego or Las Vegas. Phoenix also has a stable housing market, with average home prices and a good state tax climate.
All in all, the Phoenix metro area is a great place to live and an even better place to retire. If you’re interested in checking out the city and what it would be like to retire here, check out our AV Homes Discovery Days where you can live like a resident for 3 days and 2 nights! We know you’ll love the city as much as we do.