If you do decide to meet someone, use your street smarts.
Meet in a public area and don't tell them where you live.
You will get more interest and responses here than all paid dating sites combined!
Remember that we are the largest free online dating service, so you will never have to pay a dime to meet your soulmate. I've used POF at various times in the past and so far my experience has been that the dating "menu" locally (Nanaimo) is fairly limited. I have dated men long distant, BUT their profile said relocating to island.
In the past I've met a few nice ladies that were on the mainland and we dated for a while, but eventually it went no where.
There are also specific dating websites designed seniors, such as Senior Friend Finder, Senior Match and Senior People Meet. If you have a free trial, put a reminder in your calendar so that you can decide if you want to continue.
A lot of the time with paid websites it is an automatic renewal.
Plentyoffish dating forums are a place to meet singles and get dating advice or share dating experiences etc.