Todays’ seniors, and their baby boomer children, realize that they are going to live a long time and they had better plan ahead. But where to downsize? There is a shortage of seniors’ housing in rural areas and retirees are moving to London to access comfortable condominiums, health services and cultural activities.
Wardsville is a settlement on the Thames River at the centre of four counties: Elgin, Middlesex, Lambton and Kent. It’s main street has gone into demise; its two churches are struggling; and commerce flows along Hwy 401 to the south.
But take a second look. Wardsville area features beautiful river country and the largest Carolinian forest and wetland remnant in Canada. Upstream, there is the charming Big Bend conservation area. Downstream, residents, with the support of Thames Talbot Land Trust, recently set aside the Newport Forest for protection. The 27-hole golf course established 50 years ago is often described as a “hidden gem”. The village has new water mains, sewer system, paved streets and lots of history.
Hmmm. I would like to live there. I bet I’m not the only one.