Retirement for the Second Time  

Royal Roads University - Director of Facilities

New Owen Sound Home


View from the Back of My New Home

View From the Back

to my Hometown, Owen Sound, Ontario

Over my career I had lived in a number of Canadian cities from coast to coast and believed that Owen Sound is the ideal city for retirement. It is a relatively small community with a population of only 21,000 and has many parks, trails, and facilities available for public use. It has a number of rivers and streams for fishing and near by beaches like Sauble, Southampton and Wasaga for swimming.

Owen Sound also offers a safe and caring environment. With a slew of outdoor activities to choose from the city also offers an iconic downtown core, full of quaint shops and restaurants. Take a walk along the waterfront and visit Harrison Park. Or how about a day of fun at Kelso beach. The Heritage Place Shopping Centre is on the east side, complementing the vibrant and scenic downtown core and other arterial shopping areas.

I spent some time looking at Owen Sound real estate and was hoping to find something on the East Hill where I grew up. Unfortunately the only suitable houses I found were situated on the West Hill. I settled on a relatively new home on 3rd Street West.  When I grew up the whole subdivision where I now live was a private estate that was owned by the family that started the Seldon Hotel where I worked as a bellhop in one of my first part-time jobs. The original house is still on the property and my house is located right behind the original gate house for the Seldon Estate.

One of the first things I did after moving into my retirement home was to begin a series of construction project.  I added a 12x10 extension on to the sundeck; rebuilt the landings to the sundeck and built competition standard horse shoe pits so I could enjoy my favorite sport in retirement. However by far the largest construction project I completed in that first year was the construction of a 12x12 Storage Shed.  Some of the construction photos are shown below.



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