Living in Port 32 – Retirement in the Kawarthas0
Living in Port 32 – Retirement in the Kawarthas
Have you ever wondered what people do that live in an adult or a retirement community? The answer is very simple. Whatever you want. The options are up to you. You can enjoy simplicity, tranquility, leisure and solitary pursuits. More social and active individuals and couples can easily find activities that include sports, outings, interest groups, etc.
Some of us worry that after retirement, we might get bored or fall into a funk. There are lots of ways to prevent both. Start with a choice of location that has events and activities in the area that interest you. Get a reliable, knowledgeable real estate agent to guide you to the properties that best suit your needs and budget.
Once you make a choice and purchase, settle in and are ready, start planning your new life, or just take it one day at a time. Whatever works for you.
I’m a rather reclusive sort, while my husband is the outgoing, social butterfly in the family. We found something that gives us both what we need, in a setting of incomparable, natural beauty. It’s the Port 32 development in Bobcaygeon, Ontario. The community had an enormous potential for a satisfying life of quiet reflection or for vibrant, daily activity. It has the benefit of everything the town itself has in place as well as a clubhouse dedicated to the use of Port 32 residents with memberships. One day, you can stroll over to the private Water Garden and watch the ducks, listen to waves lap against the dock, and doze or read. The next day, you could be busy from daybreak till dark, fishing, on a boating, playing tennis, swimming in the saltwater pool and dining at one of the town’s charming restaurants.
I’ll give you some personalised examples of daily life in Port 32. Once a week, my husband plays a game of bocci and a game of horseshoes at the clubhouse, which is called, The Shore Spa. One sport runs first thing in the morning, the other is in the early evening. You could do different sports almost any day. After your morning game, relax at the pool, play a choice of many card games or if you’re really stoked, go work out downstairs in the gym. Then, choose a book in the lending library and come back home, strolling through the natural trails. Then, we often pop into town to have lunch at Eggsmart or at The Water’s Edge.
Afternoons, a shopping trip in town is in order. Fantastic shops abound. Pick up interesting pieces at Douglas and Son, especially their locally themed shirts and decor items. The famous Bigley Shoes & Clothing is a must see with everything from household goods to casual and fine garments to probably the largest selection of footwear you might ever see under one roof. If you crave some fish and chips, you need to know that our local Just For the Halibut draws people from all over the area. I won’t even mention their homemade pies. Oops! Then, a drive across the lock bridge will get to The Kawartha Dairy. They have an onsite store and ice cream servery. Just warning you now, it’s incredible and the portions are enormous!
Now that you’ve followed me around this far, you may as well go grocery shopping with me, too. We have Bobcaygeon Foodland and Strang’s ValuMart and both are very well stocked and managed. We can pick up some things to cook for the week, then head over to Grant’s Butcher Shop for the highest quality meat offerings.
About the Author – Barbie grew up in small-town Ontario. Her husband was born and raised in Montreal. They are now permanent, year-round residents of Port 32, in Bobcaygeon, Ontario, in The Kawartha Lakes. This article is the third in a series detailing their move from the GTA and making their home in the Kawarthas.