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Retirement Home Reviews Ontario

Find the best senior care from places throughout the province

With so many retirement homes throughout Ontario, it's hard to know which is the best. Below, find links to reviews of communities from throughout the province, coming from multiple perspectives, including that of a professional industry observer and those of seniors who have moved into these residences.

Comfort Life is an Ontario-based authority on retirement communities, covering the senior care industry since 2002. We know that each community has advantages and disadvantages, and our reviews are focused on helping you find what's best for you. Before you make your move, getting the "insider scoop" can be the key to making the right decision.

Find reviews below, from seniors' communities in small towns and major centers throughout the province.

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Retirement Homes in Ontario

  CHART KEY:   Active adult living    Independent living    Assisted living    Long-term care    Dementia/Memory care
Delmanor Elgin Mills
80 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 0L3
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Delmanor Glen Abbey
1459 Nottinghill Gate, Oakville, Ontario, L6M 4W1
 
 
 
 
;Independent Living ;;;
Balmoral Village
14 Harbour Street West, Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 5B4
 
 
 
 
Active Adult ;;;;
Shepherd Terrace
3758 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1T 3K9
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Sifton - The Westhill
25 Westhill Drive, Waterloo, Ontario, N2T 0B6
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Retirement Suites By The Lake
2121 Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1N 1T5
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Scarborough Retirement Centre
148 Markham Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1M 2Z8
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Hazelton Place Retirement Residence
111 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 3J8
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
McCowan Retirement Residence
2881 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1J 0A2
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Queenston Place Residence
6440 Valley Way, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E 7E3
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Delmanor Northtown
5351 Yonge Street, North York, Ontario, M2N 7L5
 
 
 
 
;Independent Living ;;;
The Dunfield Retirement Residence
77 Dunfield Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2H3
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Delmanor Prince Edward
4180 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke, Ontario, M8X 1X8
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Sifton - The Erinview
2132 Dundas Street West, Mississauga, Ontario, L5K 2K7
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Delmanor Wynford
187 Wynford Drive, North York, Ontario, M3C 0C7
 
 
 
 
;Independent Living ;;;
Tapestry at Village Gate West
15 Summerland Terrace, Toronto, Ontario, M9A 0B5
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Sifton - Richmond Woods
200 North Centre Road, London, Ontario, N5X 0B1
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Sifton - Longworth
600 Longworth Road, London, Ontario, N6K 4X9
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Harbour Hill Retirement Community
104 Suncoast Drive East, Goderich, Ontario, N7A 0A7
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Queensview Retirement Community
70 King Edward Street, Paris, Ontario, N3L 2G8
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Arbourside Court
13751 - 74th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, V3W 1A8
 
 
 
 
;Independent Living ;;;
The Meadowlands Retirement Residence
1248 Mohawk Road, Ancaster, Ontario, L9K 1P5
 
 
 
 
;Independent Living ;;;
New Horizons Tower
1140 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6H 4E6
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Cedar Springs PARC
3633 Mount Seymour Pkwy, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 0A9
 
 
 
 
;Independent Living ;;;
Forest Valley Terrace
1510 St. Joseph Boulevard, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 7L1
 
 
 
;;Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Crown Ridge Retirement Residence
106 Crown Street, Trenton, Ontario, K8V 6R3
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
The Riverine
328 Dundas Street West, Napanee, Ontario, K7R4B5
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Southbrook
400 Ray Lawson Blvd., Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 4G4
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Bramalea Retirement Residence
30 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton, Ontario, L6T 4G3
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
The Redwoods Retirement Residence
2604 Draper Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 9B1
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Symphony Senior Living Orleans
6419 Lumberman Way, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 6E8
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Sifton - Dorchester Terrace
143 Byron Ave, Dorchester, Ontario, N0L 1G5
 
 
 
 
;Independent Living ;;;
Parkland on the Glen
1665 The Collegeway, Mississauga, Ontario, L5L 0A9
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Harmony Hill Retirement Community
1335 Benson Street, Oshawa, Ontario, L1K 0W6
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Carleton Place Terrace by Symphony
6 Arthur Street, Carleton Place, Ontario, K7C 4S4
 
 
 
;;Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Symphony Senior Living Kanata
27 Weaver Crescent, Kanata, Ontario, K2K 2Z8
 
 
 
;;Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Park Place Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence
110 & 120 Central Park Dr, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 4G3
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Seacliff Manor Retirement Residence
30 Seacliff Drive, Leamington, Ontario, N8H 0E5
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Balmoral Place
8 & 10 Harbour Street West, Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 5B4
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Royal Heights Inc.
30 Adelaide Avenue East, Oshawa, Ontario, L1G 0B8
 
 
 
 
Active Adult ;;;;
Cavendish Manor Retirement Residence
5781 Dunn Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2G 2N9
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Hearthstone by the Bay
3 Marine Parade Drive, Etobicoke, Ontario, M8V 3Z5
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Bowmanville Creek
105 Queen Street, Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 0T3
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills
1 Yates Gate, Hamilton, Ontario, L9B 1T8
 
 
 
 
Active Adult ;;;;
Forestview Retirement Residence
Forestview Retirement Residence, Toronto, Ontario, M2R 0A8
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Ravines Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence
626 & 636 Prado Private, Ottawa, Ontario, K2E 0B3
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence
110 Rossignol Drive, Orleans, Ontario, K4A 0N2
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Oakcrossing Retirement Living
1238 Oakcrossing Road, London, Ontario, N6H 0G2
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Canterbury Place Retirement Residence
1 Canterbury Place, North York, Ontario, M2N 0G7
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
The Roxborough Retirement Residence
1 Roxborough Road, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 2P8
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Port Credit Residences
33 Hurontario Street, Mississauga, Ontario, L5G 3G8
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Stouffville Creek Retirement Residence
40 Freel Lane, Stouffville, Ontario, L4A 0P5
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
The Richmond Retirement Residence
175 North Front Street, Belleville, Ontario, K8P 4Y8
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Credit River
175 Rutledge Rd., Mississauga, Ontario, L5M 0X7
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Four Elms Retirement Residence
1500 Steeles Avenue West, Thornhill, Ontario, L4J 4H6
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Richmond Hill Retirement Residence
70 Bernard Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 0W7
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Palermo Village
3136 Dundas Street West, Oakville, Ontario, L6M 0S5
 
 
 
 
;Independent Living ;;;
River Road Retirement Residence
4067 River Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E 3E6
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Manotick Place Retirement Community
1145 Bridge Street, Manotick, Ontario, K4M 0G8
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Sts. Peter and Paul Residence
221 Milner Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario, M1S 4P4
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Carp Commons Retirement Village
458 Donald B. Munro Drive, Carp, Ontario, K0A 1L0
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Davenhill Senior Living
877 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3M2
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;Dementia & Memory Care
Presentation Manor
61 Fairfax Cresent, Scarborough, Ontario, M1L 1Z7
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Heritage Place Retirement Residence
4151 Kilmer Drive, Burlington, Ontario, L7M 5A9
 
 
 
 
;Independent Living ;;;
Caroline Place
118 Market Street, Hamilton, Ontario, L8R 3P9
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
Allandale Station Retirement Residence
357 Yonge St, Barrie, Ontario, L4N 4C9
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;
The Elden of Bradford
3131 8th Line, Bradford, Ontario, L3Z 4H2
 
 
 
;Independent Living Assisted Living ;;


Delmanor Elgin Mills

80 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 0L3

An updated, roomy modern retirement community that offers a range of care from independent living to memory care, in the heart of Richmond Hill. Spacious suites and living areas are a mark of distinction of this community. You can take retirement living "for a spin" thanks to Delmanor's short stay options. The location of the Delmanor Elgin Mills in the heart of Richmond Hill means you're situated close to a wide collection of services and activities, from banks and shopping to medical services and recreational facilities.

Delmanor's notable MemoryPlus™ program recognizes and highlights the vibrant history of anyone in Elgin Mills' dementia care; protected, key-coded entry, the integration of personal furniture and keepsakes, and a focus on family support are just some of the highlights of MemoryPlus. This residence is in the planning stages of a mid-rise tower.

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Delmanor Glen Abbey

1459 Nottinghill Gate, Oakville, Ontario, L6M 4W1

Like other Delmanor retirement communities, Glen Abbey makes exceptional the rule. This community treats residents like royalty, respectful of the fact that people have spent their lives serving others. For staff here, working in a retirement residence is an opportunity to give back to those people, the mature adult residents who move here.

Aside from its proximity to the world-renowned golf course, there is a wealth of arts and culture in the area of this community, including Oakville Museum, Oakville Galleries and the Centre for the Performing Arts. This community features a wide variety of very helpful, fun outings for residents to partake in.

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Balmoral Village

14 Harbour Street West, Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 5B4

In the exciting, innovative realm of adult lifestyle communities, Balmoral Village incorporates a whole new level of innovation. While many other adult communities have restricted housing styles (for example, bungalows only), Balmoral offers a unique variety, where you can choose from town houses, mid-rise condominiums, rental apartments, as well as bungalows. This approach is focused on creating a complete, progressive-oriented village, where every stage and need of those who are 55 and older is taken into account. The "age in place" focus is apparent in Balmoral's incorporation of a medical and wellness centre, in the variety of house sizes that lets you smart-size appropriately as time moves onward, and in the availability of enriched care and personal support services that allows residents to request housekeeping and meals.

Aside from the nearby attractions, Balmoral offers a rec centre, with the very latest in fitness equipment. You'll also find not one but two pools – one a shared swimming pool, the other an aquatic therapy pool. There's also a pub, a library, shared lounges and other resources.

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Shepherd Terrace

3758 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1T 3K9

Shepherd Terrace is a Christian retirement community that offers the best in contemporary seniors' living. Shepherd truly lives up to the name of village, with everything you need or can imagine you'll need, all in one place:  a wellness clinic, the swimming pool, a pharmacy, spa and hair salon, and more.

This is conveniently located close to the 401, with other nearby shops including the Agincourt Mall, as well as a good selection of churches: Presbyterian, Anglican, Catholic and others. There is also a library and an adult day care centre. One other unique aspect of the community is the variety of choices available, including life lease, respite and short stays, and a long term care facility. Shepherd Terrace focuses on independent and assisted living, but all those other community options are nearby, too, creating a diverse community of people all your own age.

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Sifton - The Westhill

25 Westhill Drive, Waterloo, Ontario, N2T 0B6

An exceptional luxury retirement residence that supersedes all expectations of a retirement home. Spacious corridors and shared areas are highlighted by an open concept main area where there's a pub, games room and more. You'll love the thoroughly modern, well-kept interior spaces at the Westhill; it feels new everywhere.

For those requiring care, there are personalized support services onsite, and staff at the ready to handle anything you require. The downstairs pub is a great meeting place, and dining in the bistro is exceptional. One other noteworthy aspect of this Waterloo retirement home is the variety in the suites, which range from studio apartments to 1 bedroom plus a den, to 2 bedroom suites.

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Retirement Suites By The Lake

2121 Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1N 1T5

A very modern facility conveniently close enough to the heart of Toronto but situated most closely to Scarborough Bluffs. This retirement home features a smaller number of suites than some other residences, creating a close-knit community. The Bluffs are one of the best natural settings in the entire GTA, with spectacular views of Lake Ontario from the top.

Inside the Suites building, there are spacious private units where you can choose to partake of "just enough" activities, as listed on the calendar. Residents who are able can also stroll through Scarborough Heights Park or take in the spectacular local flora and other natural beauty at Rosetta McClain Park. Delicious meals are served in the bistro, with table service available, as well as consideration of special diets. Care on hand includes a 24 hour call system, and all housekeeping needs are taken care of for you.

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Scarborough Retirement Centre

148 Markham Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1M 2Z8

This residence combines proximity to the heart of Toronto, with a down-home feel, due to its being family owned. This is a relatively small community where people care for each other; residents have the option of being as open or as private as they want to be. You can take retirement living for a test drive, thanks to short term and respite care stays. Security is provided through overnight staff.

Chef-prepared meals, physiotherapy and daily enrichment programs are just some of the home's features that make life here especially great. The community extends care holistically through onsite spiritual programming. The pet-friendly environment has also been shown to have benefits for psychological wellbeing. Group outings include movies and day visits to a variety of attractions.

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Hazelton Place Retirement Residence

111 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 3J8

Spectacular retirement home in the heart of Yorkville, not far from the Royal Ontario Museum and a host of other Toronto attractions, including shopping, restaurants, bookstores, galleries, etc. Care ranges from independent to assisted living, with bathing assistance and dressing assistance included for those requiring this help; health services include catheter care and other more personal needs.

One of the most notable features of this residence is the spaciousness of the lounges and three dining rooms. Hazelton Place focuses on offering a variety of activities and attractions to bring residents together and facilitate a lifestyle that is as active (or as quiet) as you might want. The area is rife with history including U of T buildings, and it has been recently reinvigorated, with many new shops and outdoor cafes, etc.

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McCowan Retirement Residence

2881 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1J 0A2

When you walk around this residence, you'll see that this place has more amenities than many condo complexes. Retiring here means retiring in style! One of several exceptional retirement homes in Scarborough, near the Lake, this residence offers the ideal mix of city living with some spectacular nearby greenspace, including the Bluffs' parkland. It's also close to both the Scarborough Hospital and Scarborough Village Recreation Centre. There is also a great selection of nearby shopping, restaurants and more.

Respite stays or trial stays offered at McCowan give you a chance to try this place out without making the commitment; you'll get a window into how great today's senior living can really be. This home was established in 2004 and still feels very new. McCowan Retirement Residence is managed by Greenwood Retirement Communities, a company with a reputation for offering superior senior care facilities in the province.

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Queenston Place Residence

6440 Valley Way, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E 7E3

Queenston Place in Niagara Falls offers exceptional individualized care, where staff responds with dedication, commitment and compassion. The environment still feels very new, as the residence was built in the year 2000. It features exceptional dining and accommodations.

Queenston Place is the right place for those who want the very best, in both care and facilities. It was voted Niagara's best retirement residence in 2011 and was named by Niagara’s Favourites as Best Retirement Residence for three years running. Care ranges from independent living (with meals and dining taken care) to assisted living, where assistance with bathing and transferring is included in the monthly fees.

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Delmanor Northtown

5351 Yonge Street, North York, Ontario, M2N 7L5

As with other Delmanor communities, this is an exceptionally well-appointed, very modern retirement residence, with a hotel-like environment that includes a concierge, and suites with in-suite service. Suites are very spacious, friendly staff is easily at hand, and the dining is exceptional. Located just north of the 401 on Yonge Street, this is very close to a variety of local shopping including drug stores and coffee outlets.

If you are used to having the best things in life, then Delmanor communities like this one are the right place to get the seniors' care you need. Aside from excellent care staff, spectacular onsite amenities and features include concierge service, billiards, a full library, a bar, a spa and gym, an onsite movie theatre, and a private bus that shuttles residents on a variety of day trips.

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The Dunfield Retirement Residence

77 Dunfield Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2H3

From its inception, The Dunfield has proposed to reach new heights in retirement living in the city of Toronto. In the years since, it has succeeded remarkably well, not only in its well-appointed facilities but in the seniors' community it has facilitated. It's in a prime location, near the corner of Yonge and Eglinton, matched by first rate amenities and features, including a spa, movie theatre, wellness centre and so much more.

One of the best things about the Dunfield is the sense of community created by shared activities both inside and out. Residents take day trips to the theatre, casino, shopping, and art galleries. In addition, a big part of residents’ life is the collection of in-house activities: a lecture series with local authors, visiting chefs, art classes, and so much more. This is one of several exceptional Toronto retirement residences that improves the health and well-being of members, beginning the moment they walk in the door.

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Delmanor Prince Edward

4180 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke, Ontario, M8X 1X8

Delmanor Prince Edward is well-appointed, prestigious Toronto mature adult living, alive with active, independent seniors taking part in a variety of community activities. This tower on Dundas West creates a singularly vibrant community where residents can pamper themselves in the salon weekly, sit in on movie events in the main floor theatre, or keep up health in the fitness centre. People who move here find revival in the spectacular environs.

Nine floors of unparalleled Toronto mature adult living offer exceptional vistas of the city, including views of the CN Tower and the nearby Humber, as well as the bustling activity of Kingsway and Dundas West. If you're feeling outdoorsy, Lambton Park is a pleasant local greenspace. The main floor piano room is home to some fun singalongs, too. Assisted living is available on the second floor, where residents have many exclusive amenities, including a walk-in tub and other extra care facilities.

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Sifton - The Erinview

2132 Dundas Street West, Mississauga, Ontario, L5K 2K7

This thoroughly modern retirement residence has been recently renovated, providing an open concept main floor that facilitates friendship and good times. Inside and out, this residence creates a compellingly safe, secure environment where you can sit with friends and enjoy time together. This is like a low rise condo but with a wealth of communal activities that keep you moving and happy. People get active in the fitness studio, there are onsite movie nights and excursions to shopping and downtown Toronto events.

The Erinview in Mississauga offers care up to and including assisted living. There are also churches and shopping nearby. With one umbrella cost to cover everything, the Erinview gives you everything you'll ever need.

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Delmanor Wynford

187 Wynford Drive, North York, Ontario, M3C 0C7

Opened in 2010, this retirement residence incorporates the best of high rise living a la Tridel. Inside you'll find spacious lounges and rooms, a movie theatre, a spa and beauty salon, five-star dining with attentive service, a library, a pub, and everything else you need (and more) under a single roof. Outside, there are beautifully landscaped terraces and courtyards, in a gorgeous neighbourhood that mixes greenspace with local shopping, and easy access to transit and major highways.

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Tapestry at Village Gate West

15 Summerland Terrace, Toronto, Ontario, M9A 0B5

This retirement residence is a step above anything you might ever imagine; you'll step in the door and wonder "what is this place?" The expansive facilities here make this much more like a resort than a retirement home. Walk through the hallways and corridors and you'll find an indoor pool, a spa, a high definition golf simulator, and a movie room with a full screen. The interior is active with smiling, happy people interacting positively with staff and each other. Outside, there are landscaped gardens and patio barbecues in summer, when the weather allows.

The residence is ideally situated in the Chestnut Hills area of Etobicoke, not far from the Islington Golf Club, with copious shopping nearby also, at Sherway Gardens. Other local stores, services and restaurants are many, but include a gourmet coffee shop, several local doctors, along with a dental centre and a Natural Health Centre. There are also several churches, including both a Baptist and a Catholic church.

Aside from the onsite facilities, the food is just another exceptional aspect about this retirement residence experience. The dining is handcrafted by a professional chef.

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Sifton - Richmond Woods

200 North Centre Road, London, Ontario, N5X 0B1

Richmond Woods is a spectacularly well-appointed, award-winning London retirement home that encourages a carefree lifestyle and improved wellness in its residents. The environment is full of astonishing features ranging from a theatre to a beauty salon to a health and wellness centre, where residents encourage each other and exercise together. The centralized piano lounge is a great space where people get together, have impromptu sing-alongs or simply meet and greet and chat.

Care features include recreational events as well as onsite help with personal care and medication management. The indoor swimming pool is a bright, active gathering place, with wide windows to let in the sunshine. Activities include fitness classes as well as recreational swimming. Every day activities include billiards, games, entertainment, a library, bingo, Bible study, bocce ball, and the list goes on.

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Sifton - Longworth

600 Longworth Road, London, Ontario, N6K 4X9

There's good reason this retirement home is award winning: it features the very best you can think of when it comes to senior accommodation. Independent living suites on the main floor feature patio entrances, leading onto the community's beautiful private courtyard as your backyard. Care also includes assisted living, with medication administration and some other extra care available to residents who require it. 24 hour nursing staff is onsite.

The recreational events calendar here is full of variety, appealing to a broad spectrum of seniors. Longworth offers its own private coach, with extremely comfortable seating, taking residents to a various local recreation activities and other outings. In-residence there are a spa and wellness centre, a hair salon and a café; there's always something to do.

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Harbour Hill Retirement Community

104 Suncoast Drive East, Goderich, Ontario, N7A 0A7

Harbour Hill offers the finest in seniors' living in Huron County: an exceptionally well-appointed retirement residence that incorporates the highest living standards in a small town setting. The staff and the facilities are the best in terms of professionalism. An onsite feature that clearly demonstrates a commitment to excellence is the Spa and Community Centre; here, there's a therapeutic tub and nail bar, as well as a hair dresser and massage therapist. For the guys, there are games rooms, card games, a movie night and other fun things to do. Fitness and activities are a staple of community life here, and residents love it.

Aside from activity in the residence, you also get to enjoy life in "Canada's prettiest town." Even longtime residents of Huron County may not be aware of the local history, centred in the Huron County Museum. The main beach and Blue Water Beach are just two attractions that make this a place your kids and grandkids will be happy to visit.

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Queensview Retirement Community

70 King Edward Street, Paris, Ontario, N3L 2G8

Queensview offers resort-like living in a small town setting. When you first walk into this retirement community, you feel like you are walking into a resort hotel. That feeling never really ends for residents, where you live in brightly lit, well-appointed, spacious suites, and staff are at the ready to take care of your needs. Care on hand includes laundry and housekeeping, up to nursing and support from personal support workers (PSWs).

Daily activities here include bingo, card games, arts and crafts, gardening, movie nights, and more. This home offers month to month leases. Short term stays and convalescent care stays are also available.

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Arbourside Court

13751 - 74th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, V3W 1A8

This is a Greater Vancouver gem, conveniently located just off King George Boulevard in Surrey. The food offered here is very high quality, combining equal parts of gourmet excellence and nutritional value. There are social gatherings for every meal of the day, and you may end up making new friends every time you eat. Nearby, you'll find lots of shopping and restaurants including drugstores and a number of coffee shops. But it's what's inside that counts.

Onsite pampering here includes a spa and beauty salon, and regular foot care. Entertainment includes a main floor movie theatre, card games and shuffleboard. There are also shopping trips and other outings. Care ranges from weekly housekeeping, to diabetic and low sodium diet meals, to bathing assistance (for an extra fee).

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The Meadowlands Retirement Residence

1248 Mohawk Road, Ancaster, Ontario, L9K 1P5

For Hamilton and area seniors who want to enjoy exceptional living, The Meadowlands in Ancaster is the place to be. This residence offers elegance and beauty at every turn. Everything within and without the Meadowlands is focused on providing the very best in independent senior living, through all aspects: the facilities, the staff, and the services. This home features a wonderful meal selection, and each day is filled with activities that keep people active, engaged and social. Some of the local favourites are the heated indoor pool and card games in the party room.

Inside, this residence is loaded with amenities. There's an onsite theatre that seats over 20 people, a swimming pool where you can exercise, play or lounge, and a Family Den complete with piano and library. You'll make many new friends over tea or coffee in one of the two in-house cafes.

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New Horizons Tower

1140 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6H 4E6

A well-established, premium quality retirement residence in Bloordale Village, in the heart of Toronto. New Horizons is a not-for-profit offering exceptional facilities. Care offered ranges for independent and assisted, to memory care, with assistance for everything from housekeeping to bathing and incontinence included in the fees for this level of care. Extra care services in the building include a visiting physiotherapist and chiropodist.

The residence features gorgeously well-appointed suites, especially in the newly renovated Oasis. Suites are designed with the latest in accessibility features, including ample space throughout, walk-in showers and other features. They range from studio size to 2 bedroom apartments.

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Cedar Springs PARC

3633 Mount Seymour Pkwy, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 0A9

Cedar Springs PARC is still very new, providing very modern, spacious suites and an impressive array of amenities. You will find a spa, a hairdresser, wellness centre, golf and a movie theatre, along with simpler pleasures like card games with friends, hiking trails and gardening. For all that, the care provided, from the emergency call system, to wheelchair accessibility throughout, to the nursing staff onsite make this an ideally safe home for seniors who are still very independent; staff here clearly demonstrate deep caring in everything they do.

Suites feature spectacular views of the nearby natural areas. Inside, there are delicious meals all prepared for you; you'll also find fitness facilities and very active hobby rooms. Nearby is all the shopping you need, and slightly further afield there are a variety of spectacular natural areas. Maplewood Flats is an ideal day outing with family, as is Roche Point Park. Mount Seymour Park is both a skiing destination and a natural wonder.

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Forest Valley Terrace

1510 St. Joseph Boulevard, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 7L1

Forest Valley Terrace combines classically elegant style with a homey environment that facilitates comfort and peace. Assisted living care extends to all forms of assistance, including catheter care, feeding tube assistance, and help with bathing. There is also a concierge onsite 24 hours a day. Guest stays here are very welcome, an ideal way to experience the care, service and community life at this superior care home. Its proximity to Highway 174, makes it easy and appealing for family to visit or to just drop in.

Families of Alzheimer's sufferers in Ottawa need to investigate this community. The Terrace offers state-of-the-art memory care in the first and only facility in the entire Region devoted exclusively to helping seniors with dementia. Staff here combine professionalism, compassion and care to treat seniors with dementia with the utmost respect; all are fully trained and receive ongoing education to improve their understanding and the care they offer.

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Crown Ridge Retirement Residence

106 Crown Street, Trenton, Ontario, K8V 6R3

An upscale private retirement residence offering the best in senior care amenities, design and care, in a small town setting. Old-fashioned values predominate in this family-run retirement home situated in a quiet residential area of town. The onsite program director offers up a variety of activities here, as well as group outings; there's always just enough to do. The friendly atmosphere, seen at all times of the day, starts with staff and filters throughout the entire residence.

Residents' families exclaim about the excellent care provided here; assisted living onsite includes help with bathing and medication administration. Everything throughout the residence is very well-kept, with housekeeping staff maintaining a spotless home throughout. On the exterior, there are pleasant patios looking over the well-maintained, landscaped grounds. Units range from studio to one bedroom including a kitchenette and mini-fridge.

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The Riverine

328 Dundas Street West, Napanee, Ontario, K7R4B5

The Riverine offers superior senior care in the peaceful small-town setting of Napanee. Here, seniors are well-cared for in a setting that feels more like a luxury condo than anything else. Residents of the Riverine feel like staff is family who go that extra mile to offer daily care. Care includes housekeeping, to bathing assistance and medication administration.

The situation of the residence is also delightfully peaceful, with well-maintained and tastefully landscaped grounds that slope toward the scenic river, surrounded by trees. A pathway leads down to a wonderful vista of the countryside. Nearby there are a collection of local services including several churches, and a variety of health services (physiotherapy, a pharmacy, a dentist's office).

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Southbrook

400 Ray Lawson Blvd., Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 4G4

This spacious, established, elegant retirement community offers abundant luxury but never at the expense of its dedicated focus to excellent care. Southbrook inspires families and seniors to offer effusive praise that speaks not only about the exceptional facilities but more so about the caring staff. Families single out individuals on staff who go out of their way to offer exceptional personal care to residents here.

One of many standout aspects of this home is the versatility of care and stay options possible. Care ranges from independent living (ideal for seniors who want to rid themselves of common chores like housekeeping and meal preparation) to memory care, for those in the middle to later stages of dementia. Southbrook allows private home care, guest stays and respite care stays.

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Bramalea Retirement Residence

30 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton, Ontario, L6T 4G3

A beautifully spacious, brightly lit seniors' home in the heart of Brampton. The location, right next to Bramalea City Centre, is amazing enough, but inside you'll find a beautiful, friendly retirement residence peopled with friendly, obviously happy seniors. This residence offers care up to assisted living, and is an ideal solution for seniors wanting to alleviate isolation and leave behind mundane daily tasks like cooking and housekeeping.

Onsite features that make this even more attractive include an indoor swimming pool, a movie theatre onsite, a very active fitness room, and a lovely courtyard outside. Aside from the mall, there are also nearby medical and health care facilities, the public library, grocery stores, and lovely greenspace, like Chinguacousy Park.

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The Redwoods Retirement Residence

2604 Draper Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 9B1

A superbly well-appointed Ottawa retirement home located close to the 417 in West Ottawa. This is a lovely high-rise seniors' tower (17 floors) with great views from its balconies, and a variety of suite styles to select from. This residence still feels very new and clean throughout, but it's been established over ten years, and much of the staff has been here since it opened. People love the flexibility of living independently in your own apartment, as in any tower, combined with the option of sharing in dining or hiring care as needed.

The Redwoods offers care up to assisted living, with dressing, bathing and feeding included. The Ottawa Ikea is nearby, as are banks, churches and a variety of health care services. Kids from local schools drop in for day visits and interact with residents through activities like a reading buddy program. For all of the friendliness and great care, there are also a wealth of exciting amenities, including chef-prepared meals, a heated indoor saltwater pool, a wellness program, a pub, and more.

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Symphony Senior Living Orleans

6419 Lumberman Way, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 6E8

This is a beautiful, friendly, lo-rise seniors' community in the rapidly growing suburb of Orleans, ideally located in greenspace close to the Ottawa River. For seniors looking to forget about housework, cooking and the like, or who need help with some daily activities like feeding or dressing, this is a worthwhile destination.

Symphony Senior Living offers a variety of kitchenette styles from which to choose, so you can customize your living experience. Care offered ranges up to assisted living, with housekeeping, dressing and feeding included. This home is also pet-friendly, following from an established idea that having pets provides comfort and improves overall well-being of owners.

This community rightfully prides itself on its ability to help seniors and families transition into retirement living, by connecting people with a variety of local moving, and other services. There's also a concerted effort to accommodate people's needs... even quirks and foibles, if you have those. Those who give it a try are soon very happy to call this place "home."

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Sifton - Dorchester Terrace

143 Byron Ave, Dorchester, Ontario, N0L 1G5

A brand new London-area retirement community, Dorchester Terrace offers lo-rise senior living suites in a perfectly-sized community. This is a full-service community with a number of unexpected luxury aspects, including an in-house movie theatre, spa, and hair salon. Living here, you can let someone else worry about the housekeeping and laundry, while you choose to either participate in many daily activities here, or just relax.

The variety of suite sizes, coupled with the many features and amenities, makes this an exceptional contemporary-minded retirement community. Everyday fun stuff includes a games room with billiards, a party room with its own kitchen, and outdoor courtyards where you can relax in the sun with friends. There are many regularly scheduled daily and monthly events on the rec calendar. For casual or quieter times, you can get books out of the in-house library or enjoy the greenspace of the Thames Valley. Dorchester on the Thames Golf Club is only a short hike away.

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Parkland on the Glen

1665 The Collegeway, Mississauga, Ontario, L5L 0A9

Still very new (founded in 2010), this seniors' tower combines rental units on floors 2 to 11, with user-owned condos higher up. This is situated very conveniently for your family in Mississauga and Brampton, while offering proximity to local shopping, churches and other services. Care available includes assistance with housekeeping and meals, with other health services (bathing, feeding, dressing, etc.) available for a fee; assisted living is found on the building's third floor.

Amenities inside include a year round swimming pool, fitness studio, pub, and movie theatre. You never really have to go anywhere else to have a good time. There are also chef-prepared meals in the dining room, with changing weekly menus. Residents have been known to move here just for the food.

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Harmony Hill Retirement Community

1335 Benson Street, Oshawa, Ontario, L1K 0W6

This is a still-very-new, innovative retirement residence created by builders of several other exceptional communities throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Staff here believe in the best of care, mixing conscientiousness with fun and pleasure, making this a happy place to live for residents. Onsite, there is a pub, a movie theatre, a hairdresser and beauty salon, a wellness center, and other in-house luxuries. Harmony Square is the meeting place between the Grove (independent living suites) and Orchard buildings (full service, assisted living area), where you'll find these shared amenities and other services.

One exceptional feature of living at Harmony Hill is the food. Meals prepared by the residence's Red Seal Chef are a great pleasure to residents. Meals balance considerations of nutrition and deliciousness, along with choice. Food is prepared fresh daily, using local sources where that is feasible.

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Carleton Place Terrace by Symphony

6 Arthur Street, Carleton Place, Ontario, K7C 4S4

This is a lovely small town retirement residence on the outskirts of Ottawa. The focus here is on providing assisted living to dementia care, creating a community of similarly-abled people who feel good about where they are. It's a caring place that also provides the regularity of prepared meals, an orderly environment, and professional staff.

In addition, though, there is some pampering here that helps residents retain regularity and dignity, spending time in the onsite beauty salon or in the theatre, with friends. The diverse calendar of activities is perfectly suited to the needs of residents. Pets onsite encourage interaction and reduce anxiety and loneliness.

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Symphony Senior Living Kanata

27 Weaver Crescent, Kanata, Ontario, K2K 2Z8

This Kanata retirement community is the right place to be for those having personal difficulties they can no longer handle on their own or through family caregiving. It's a vibrant community where people interact with each other in a healthy manner, encouraging healing, improvement, and increased independence. Residents receive professional assistance with problems of everyday living like bathing, dressing, transfer and incontinence, and memory care provides dementia patients with safety and comfort. This residence also welcomes respite care stays and trial stays.

For seniors who need assistance with some daily tasks of living, this provides a community of peers. Interaction with others "in the same boat" is very helpful. There is interaction through games and other activities, entertainment offered onsite, and an outdoor patio/gathering place that is lovely in summer. Many onsite amenities and features (beauty salon, wellness center, theatre, and more) add to the positive environment here. The hairdresser is very attentive and female residents feel great delight in having their hair styled regularly. Suites are well-appointed, well-maintained, clean and brightly lit. The chandeliered dining room makes dinner another delightful social experience.

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Park Place Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

110 & 120 Central Park Dr, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 4G3

Built in 2003, this is a lo-rise community of bright, spacious modern seniors' suites. Walk inside and you'll find a truly vibrant, friendly community of people living a safe, quality lifestyle. Suites are spacious, well-designed and well-lit, equipped with kitchens and tastefully decorated living rooms; there is a range of sizes, from studio to 2 bedroom apartments. Care ranges to assisted living, with some health services like medication administration and bathing assistance included.

There are many luxurious features to love. There are movie nights inside the main floor theatre. The Main Dining Room features a grand piano where a sing-along might break out at any time of the day. The friendly hairdresser is available every week in the onsite beauty salon. There's also a games room, party room, weekly shopping trips and much more to do. Fresh homemade food is served daily.

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Seacliff Manor Retirement Residence

30 Seacliff Drive, Leamington, Ontario, N8H 0E5

Seacliff Manor Retirement Residence in Leamington offers big league vision in a quiet, small-town setting. If you are looking for a new home, it doesn’t get much newer than this: Seacliff opened in 2017. Seacliff features a variety of care available under one roof, allowing couples with different needs to live together in the same community.

On the exterior of the property, you'll find beautiful fenced courtyards, and inside, a games room and exercise room. Suites are named for the four Canadian Great Lakes: The Ontarian, The Erie, The Huron and The Superior (the only 2 bedroom suite). The Harbourside wing is home to assisted living, where seniors can get help with medication management, and personal care like bathing or dressing.

Seacliff Manor's proximity to the 401 and the shore of Lake Erie make this worth shortlisting, for anyone looking for the finest seniors' care in the Windsor-Chatham area. The 401 also makes it easy to consider day trips into London. For family activities, consider the ferry to Pelee Island, or simple outings in the picturesque downtown, walks along the waterfront promenade or a visit to the marina.

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Balmoral Place

8 & 10 Harbour Street West, Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 5B4

Balmoral Place is an oasis of peace and relaxation, set on the outskirts of Collingwood, on a bucolic, tree-lined lot. Life here is set to only get better, as the community ages like a fine wine, and those who live here age in place. This is a community ahead of the curve, offering exceptional seniors' care for those wanting to settle in Collingwood. Opening in 2017, Balmoral Place offers independent living, as well as assistance with some daily living tasks, including dressing and medication administration.

The unique age-in-place ethos of the community allows you to pick and choose the exact type of assistance you need. The many charms of downtown Collingwood are just minutes away, and the Georgian Bay harbourfront is just down the street. The vibrancy of Collingwood is second-to-none, with its year-round activities, skiing in winter and water fun all summer. For all that, though Balmoral Place is planned as an oasis of peace and calm.

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Royal Heights Inc.

30 Adelaide Avenue East, Oshawa, Ontario, L1G 0B8

Royal Heights offers Oshawa seniors an easy transition from their traditional family home to freer living in retirement. This building is designed with contemporary Toronto seniors in mind. There's a focus on rich features, copious storage space, and an eye on your changing care needs as you get older. This is forward-thinking on a whole new level.

This building is designed to meet all your needs. There is an indoor fitness centre, a restaurant, lounges indoor and out, a board room, alongside rooms for pool, poker and other games. For all that, your apartment itself will be a perfect oasis: climate-controlled, quiet, and well-appointed. Especially nice for many people moving from an older home? All the new finishes and living features throughout: Corian counter tops in the kitchen, engineered hardwood flooring, all new stainless steel appliances including a refrigerator, stove and microwave. Accessibility and security features are part and parcel of this community, including garbage chutes on every floor, walk-in showers and many other contemporary design features.

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Cavendish Manor Retirement Residence

5781 Dunn Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2G 2N9

Wake up in a new home just steps away from the spectacular world-class destination of Niagara Falls. Cavendish Manor single-handedly dispels any myths you might ever have about seniors' homes, lively and joyful both inside and out. Inside the Manor, you'll see friends playing cards by the fireplace or Xbox bowling together and cheering each other on. Light streams in through the many windows, adding to the vibrancy of the atmosphere. Outside, you'll find shopping and other conveniences (as well as local attractions), and the grounds itself includes a covered gazebo and a wonderful little pond where you can sit and relax.

Care available includes independent and assisted living, where meals and housekeeping are provided. For those who require extra help, medication administration and other personal care options are also available (inquire about fees).

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Hearthstone by the Bay

3 Marine Parade Drive, Etobicoke, Ontario, M8V 3Z5

Hearthstone by the Bay will change everything you think you know about senior living. Opening in 2017, Hearthstone anticipates your expectations in its quality of construction, flexibility of services and other factors. This is a community focused on meeting the needs of today's seniors.

This building features top-tier independent living, with assisted living readily available should you need it. Here, you won't be asked to move, should your care requirements (e.g. help with any activities of daily living) increase. Hearthstone is an oasis of excellence in senior care, so close to the Etobicoke lakeshore (fronted on Humber Bay Shores Park) you can walk to the waterfront daily. This will meet and exceed any conception Torontonians have about living in retirement.

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Bowmanville Creek

105 Queen Street, Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 0T3

Bowmanville Creek Retirement Community offers independent and assisted living. This community focuses on providing top tier services and care for an affordable rate. What you might not expect, though, is to see how much fun people have just being here and enjoying the activities. So often, there's a bridge or euchre game being played in the lounge. Elsewhere, a couple of fellows will be gathered around the pool table or a viewing party will happen spontaneously in the movie theatre.

Care within the community is an area where Bowmanville Creek truly succeeds. Response to calls is immediate. And staff are just as generous in handing out hugs as they are in giving the professional care people require. Your wellness is encouraged in on-site exercise classes. Personal well-being is further supported by the comforting coziness of the building and the friendliness of residents, who obviously love life in this happy environment.

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The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills

1 Yates Gate, Hamilton, Ontario, L9B 1T8

The Village of St. Elizabeth Mills introduces outstanding 55 plus condo living to Hamilton Mountain. Here, you might be reminded of the secluded, peaceful small towns of yesterday, while you are living in the very suburban area of Hamilton Mountain. Within this "rural village" setting, you'll find country cottage living, Victorian architecture, and other pleasing designs. You might also find paradise, as some call life in active lifestyle communities. Plans for future developments (starting 2018) here include a town square that will include retail locations, community and entertainment spaces. Just outside the community, Hamilton continues to grow and progress.

Zest Properties really steps up the active lifestyle community game with The Village of St. Elizabeth Mills. If you're interested in getting the most out of retirement, you owe it to yourself to take a close look at this inspiring community. It's like an exclusive resort, in the heart of Hamilton.

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Forestview Retirement Residence

Forestview Retirement Residence, Toronto, Ontario, M2R 0A8

Downsview, Willowdale and North York seniors find the option of pure elegance in Forestview Retirement Residence. This is a community that takes its interest in your needs and concerns to a whole new level. The community offers a continuum of care from independent to assisted living to memory care, coupled with luxurious care that includes unique daily dining experiences, and a bistro and juice bar.

Management of health care is, of course, a central concern, and inside, you'll find registered health care practitioners, as well as assistance with activities of daily living. This community also welcomes post-surgery and other short stays. For all that, no words can capture the peace of mind and personal warmth you'll find in this community. Opened in 2017, this community combines experience and completely contemporary values in construction and design to create a happy, fresh environment.

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Ravines Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

626 & 636 Prado Private, Ottawa, Ontario, K2E 0B3

Ravines Senior Suites offers bright, beautiful surroundings in one of the most desirable locations in Ottawa. Situated close to both the Rideau River greenspace and the heart of downtown Ottawa, this is a perfect choice for the discerning Ottawa Region senior. Spacious, elegantly-appointed suites open onto pleasant views of the local greenery are just one of the notable features of this senior care option.

Alavida Lifestyles focuses on creating a unique, exceptional senior care experience and bringing that experience to select neighbourhoods in the Ottawa area. When you investigate this location, you will find that there is a vision behind things. Care staff and services staff are all focused on delivering an excellent client experience that meets the needs of the whole person. Residents in this community will tell you that everyone here is made to feel special, and for many people who have never experienced such care and attention, the Ravines can be an amazing discovery.

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Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence

110 Rossignol Drive, Orleans, Ontario, K4A 0N2

Situated in Chatelaine Village, close to the Ottawa River, you'll find an oasis of care called Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence. Like other Ottawa Region retirement communities by Alavida, the Promenade offers a superb senior care environment that includes exceptional memory care facilities and programs. Outside, you're steps away from the tranquil beauty of the Ottawa River greenspace, while inside there is a cozy, comfortable seniors' living space, and your own elegantly appointed private suite.

Suites feature contemporary, accessibility-friendly features like walk-in shower and slip-free flooring. Residents and family comment on the kind, compassionate staff, and the relief given by the staff's deep understanding of the needs of their aging loved one. The home-made dining has many residents raving about its charm and deliciousness.

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Oakcrossing Retirement Living

1238 Oakcrossing Road, London, Ontario, N6H 0G2

Oakcrossing Retirement Living, in the west end of London, offers independent and assisted living in an elegant new community, where seniors from throughout southern Ontario can find revitalization. Opened in the fall of 2017, Oakcrossing has a number of lovely features that make living here distinctively delightful. In the well-appointed dining room, residents enjoy delicious chef-prepared meals. You'll also enjoy the pub/bistro, where you can form new friendships and deepen others. Lavish other features of this community include a hair salon and spa, a cinema and even a greenhouse.

Each suite is equipped with dark wood furnishings, and is safety-focused, with features like hand rails and clear moving paths in the kitchen and other area. Units range from studio to two bedroom. The hospitality services here include housekeeping and laundry.

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Canterbury Place Retirement Residence

1 Canterbury Place, North York, Ontario, M2N 0G7

This is a spectacularly modern take on senior living that literally towers over many other senior care choices in North York and the central GTA. Seniors find rejuvenation in a community of their peers where there is so much help ready. Care available here includes regular doctor visits, a local pharmacy, nurses on staff and a regularly visiting physiotherapist.

Residents and families highlight the many exceptional qualities of staff here. Some residents tell us openly about how helpful and pleasant the staff is, while we can see the appreciation felt by others. There are recreation ladies that keep residents busy with exercise programs, craft activities, and games including brain games. On top of that, you can see management, office staff, servers, nurses all going about their jobs happily here. The net effect is the creation of a healthy, happy community.

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The Roxborough Retirement Residence

1 Roxborough Road, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 2P8

Newmarket and area seniors find a wonderful, fresh new home in the Roxborough. It's thrilling to find a seniors' community of this quality! The building is immaculately kept throughout, from the exterior to the diverse suites you find throughout the community.

Seniors and family members agree that the Roxborough renews people's enjoyment of life. That begins with the refreshment of moving into such a well-kept clean place, where staff are especially gifted at taking a personal interest in each individual. Within the community, there's an opportunity to eat with a variety of other residents and deepen friendships every day. The social life here is varied and scheduled at a relaxed pace throughout the day. Some of the residents' favourite activities include excursions, cocktail hour, the gardening club and religious services in house. It's a revelation to many people how great life in a community of peers can be. Both seniors and their families find astonishment that life can become new again, no matter what stage you find yourself at.

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Port Credit Residences

33 Hurontario Street, Mississauga, Ontario, L5G 3G8

Walking distance from the shores of Lake Ontario, Port Credit Residences offers a very modern and contemporary take on senior care. One of the biggest draws of this community is the proximity to the lakefront and the spectacular views afforded, even as you sit in your suite, most of these suitably located on the building's corners. Inside, the décor is very modern and contemporary, working shades of brown, taupe, blue and teal.

While location is important, care and community make the Residences extra special. There are warm gathering places throughout the building, from an open-concept piano room to the ultra-modern, woodgrain-interior dining room. One of the many popular places within the community is the indoor pool. There are aquafit classes and several types of therapy available in the pool. It's also equipped with a ramp entrance, one of many accessible features you'll find throughout the Residences. There are a variety of facets to care here, notably, a nurse practitioner onsite five days a week and on call around the clock. The nurse practitioner oversees all health needs of residents, ranging from administering blood tests to working with available doctors.

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Stouffville Creek Retirement Residence

40 Freel Lane, Stouffville, Ontario, L4A 0P5

Seniors and families searching for senior care in Stouffville will find a myriad of choices: but one that stands out is Stouffville Creek. This is a place that will make you change your plans. Not only is it exceptionally elegant and beautiful, both the residents and the staff are wonderfully welcoming and caring. "We struck up conversations on our initial tour, and were immediately impressed with how wonderful and happy people were here," said one senior here.

Staff here is something that residents and visitors consistently highlight. Whether you are still quite independent or require some assistance, people here are gifted at addressing needs. Dedication, hard work and enthusiasm for the work of care for residents characterize staff at Stouffville Creek. In the end, you can't put a value on the feeling of security and confidence you can have, knowing the diligence of those who work here.

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The Richmond Retirement Residence

175 North Front Street, Belleville, Ontario, K8P 4Y8

Belleville and Quinte Region seniors will find superior retirement care right in their home town, found in the Richmond. The Richmond is an elegant oasis of calm and care, nestled right on North Front Street, in downtown Belleville.

One of the things this community is very good at is helping community members transition from their traditional home to life in the community. Personalization is one key. Community members bring whatever personal belongings they want to bring here, to decorate their suite. But what makes the change a blessing is the response of staff. All of your questions are answered in a forthright, helpful manner, and everyone finds a way to help you feel at home here.

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Credit River

175 Rutledge Rd., Mississauga, Ontario, L5M 0X7

Featuring some uniquely wonderful spaces inside and out, this Streetsville retirement community brings Verve's passion for excellence to this area of Mississauga. We especially love the bright lighting in the second floor fireside room, and the large outdoor courtyard, landscaped with a rock-faced gardening, backing onto the quiet side-street. Credit River Retirement Residence is situated in a calm residential area of the city, surrounded by some well-established homes with large properties. Streetsville Memorial Park is one of the nearby greenspaces here.

This is a still-very-new building (founded in 2016) whose décor and personnel create a calm, restful atmosphere where there is an abundance of space (always a mark of contemporary design, of course).

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Four Elms Retirement Residence

1500 Steeles Avenue West, Thornhill, Ontario, L4J 4H6

If you are looking for a combination of luxury, elegance and exceptional breadth of care, the Four Elms should be on your short list of Thornhill area retirement homes. Nestled in a peaceful neighbourhood near Steeles and Dufferin, this residence creates an environment where the health and wellness needs of seniors are a renewed commitment every day.

As with many communities run by Verve, staff is renowned and acclaimed for friendliness, helpfulness and approachability. This retirement residence is also peopled by volunteers who add to the helpful, caring environment here. Staff may be varied in their focus but all are very skilled. Care is a deep part of everything that happens at the Four Elms, from the fine dining on offer every day, to the individual attention and close conversation you might find in the salon and spa, to the personalized care plan given each resident.

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Richmond Hill Retirement Residence

70 Bernard Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 0W7

Right in the heart of the city, Richmond Hill Retirement Residence is a place where local seniors find new levels of happiness. People who move here find an ideal place of both renewal and reinvigoration. Outside, there's shopping, greenspace, nearby entertainment and health care (pharmacies, doctors, physiotherapy and more) – everything you need. And inside, this community focuses on promoting the improved health of community members: not just physical, but mental and spiritual health.

There's so much to do here, and a communal focus on wellbeing. Unique activities include vendors who come right into the community and a hair salon where you can get pampering as regularly as you like (some ladies take advantage of this service weekly!) Fitness onsite (if that's your thing!) includes daily stretching, and for more fun there are dance classes and a yoga group. Seniors who need assistance can find it here, with the availability of personal support for bathing and other activities of daily living. Care extends to palliation, here, which family members find comforting.

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Palermo Village

3136 Dundas Street West, Oakville, Ontario, L6M 0S5

Modern interiors and in-house features are great to have in a retirement home, of course. But what you're really looking for is the feeling of welcome, caring people around you and a hundred other little things that make your new place into a real home. That's what seniors in community at Palermo Village cite as the big difference between this and other places in the area. A welcoming and comforting atmosphere is not something you can view in a brochure or on a website, it needs to be experienced in person.

That comforting atmosphere is added to by the setting, the building itself. There's a theme of brightness and vivacity to the layout of this community. That translates into an easy transition for many of the people who choose to live here, and into confidence by family members, knowing that they have found a great new home for the one they love.

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River Road Retirement Residence

4067 River Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E 3E6

River Road Retirement Residence offers a number of singular delights, from its spectacular views of the Niagara River to its spacious, clean and welcoming interiors. There are a lot of things to love about this place, but you're most likely to be immediately taken with the spectacular view of the river and gorge. It's just a short walk to the Whirlpool Aero Car, with its lookout area, just across from Great Wolf Lodge. Of course, Horseshoe Falls is a short drive up the road the other way. The local beauty makes it extra appealing for families to visit here.

But then inside … well! We were impressed with the open concept main floor that includes two fireplace rooms, games room and dining lounge. Interiors are all very well-kept and clean. If you are looking for classical elegance in a local community, you will find it here, with prices remarkably lower than you will pay for a similarly well-appointed retirement community further along the QEW in the GTA. The phrase "hidden gem" comes to mind. It's even perfectly situated five minutes outside of downtown Niagara. We think it makes a wonderful place to visit and to be in.

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Manotick Place Retirement Community

1145 Bridge Street, Manotick, Ontario, K4M 0G8

The first thing that strikes you about Manotick Place Retirement Community is the beauty of the exterior of the building. Step into the building and look around, the impression of beauty only deepens. There are splashes of rich colour that brighten every room, and when you look closely at the construction and the décor you see caring craftsmanship.

Equally as impressive as the architecture and design is the discernible happiness of community residents and staff. During group activities here (Bingo, for example, is popular) it becomes a lively, fun group of friends. There are also garden parties in the summer and frequent outings in downtown Manotick, where every convenience you'll need is readily available. Nestled as it is in the crook of the river, this community fosters closeness. And like the town itself, Manotick Place combines the best of country living with proximity to capital city fun.

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Sts. Peter and Paul Residence

221 Milner Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario, M1S 4P4

From the moment you set foot in Sts. Peter and Paul Residence, you'll feel an overwhelming sense of warmth and comfort. This charitable, non-profit community in the heart of Scarborough offers both tradition and character in spades. While comfort is built into the surroundings, it's richly intensified by the kindliness of staff – and fellow community members.

The residence is occasionally livened up by special gatherings and celebrations, ranging from UA Independence Day (celebrated every August) to St. Nicholas Day, celebrated in traditional style. There are also other highlights during the year that may include things like a visit from the animals of the local petting farm. Regularly scheduled activities include Zumba classes, Bingo, exercise classes, laughter yoga, and other fun things. Fellowship is also found in worship times together and activities like sing-alongs.

The location is wonderful, just off the 401 in the heart of Scarborough, where family will find it very convenient to visit and get together for an afternoon. Bus service takes you to local shopping. Grocery shopping can be found less than a mile away. Scarborough Town Centre, also less than a mile away, features over 230 stores. The neighbourhood is blessed with rich greenspace.

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Carp Commons Retirement Village

458 Donald B. Munro Drive, Carp, Ontario, K0A 1L0

Carp Commons allows people to retire in this lovely, heavily-rural area, west of the hustle and bustle of Ottawa proper. It’s also a growing area, of course, and this community is one of many developments happening. This will be an ideal destination for people from throughout Eastern Ontario who want to be close to family in Kanata and the west end of Ottawa. We think it will also appeal to people from throughout Ottawa Region who want a respite from the traffic and noise of the city.

This mid-rise promises to deliver on Verve’s philosophy of making every day great. Seniors who are still independent but no longer want to live alone will find their enthusiasm for life rekindled here. It’s a perfect solution for people who have had enough of cooking solo meals and want to make their own decisions about where and how they live.

Independent seniors will find a home on the top floors’ private residential units, where you can choose to come downstairs to participate in activities (of which there will be many, we assure you). You'll also be able to relax in the spa, take a meal in the dining room or see what’s happening in the games room. We’ve seen before that this is the kind of residence that encourages seniors to make a whole new group of friends.

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Davenhill Senior Living

877 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3M2

A lively, brightly lit destination in the heart of Rosedale, Davenhill Senior Living offers a wealth of ways to improve your life, all under one roof. This community has made numerous renovations recently, all to provide community members with the most up-to-date home possible. Many service and care staff have been here a long time, demonstrating Davenhill’s attitude of commitment.

People who move into independent living here love the size and brightness of their suites. The community is also notably accommodating to new members. You’re encouraged to make this your home, and people feel welcome and integrated very soon after moving in. You are encouraged to bring furniture from your home and make this your new casa.

The memory care floor incorporates specialized care and design features that make it an ideally soothing environment for those suffering from dementia such as Alzheimer’s Disease. It includes a calming seaside room, circadian lighting, integration of SMART technology, and peopled by highly trained care staff.

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Presentation Manor

61 Fairfax Cresent, Scarborough, Ontario, M1L 1Z7

Presentation Manor is set to join the long list of progressive-minded, elegant retirement homes in Scarborough and supersede some of its competitors. Still under construction, this community is putting the right people in place and doing the right things to create a positive, caring environment.

One of the unique aspects of Presentation Manor is its attention to the spiritual care of residents. A core belief of the Manor is that every person is an image-bearer of God. Supported by many Catholic organizations, the Manor wants to create an inclusive community inviting to people of all faiths.

In terms of care, this community offers independent and assisted living. The latter will include daily housekeeping and bed making, bathing assistance and ambulation (if needed), among other services.

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Heritage Place Retirement Residence

4151 Kilmer Drive, Burlington, Ontario, L7M 5A9

The first thing that impresses about Heritage Place is the elegant, clean exterior, centered on a quiet courtyard with a lovely gardened gazebo. Inside, there's a happy, welcoming community, as you stroll through spacious shared areas like the Dining Room, lit by a bank of windows facing the courtyard. You see that it’s all about community in condo style living, where everyone is the same age.

Heritage Place is a unique destination for people from throughout Burlington, Mississauga and Hamilton. We think it’s a terrific alternative to more traditional independent living retirement homes in the area, combining the freedom of condo living with a vibrant, fun community of friends, enjoying shared activities — or just time together. At Comfort Life we are big believers in the value of the social culture created by senior living communities, superior to the separation people feel in suburban or apartment living. And Heritage Place is a stellar example of this.

The location, also, is a wonderful combination of beautiful natural greenspace (backing onto Shoreacres Creek) with all the shopping and conveniences you’d expect in Burlington (nearby restaurants, golf courses, malls, etc.). Of course, you are close to Toronto, also, with the GO station just 10 minutes away.

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Caroline Place

118 Market Street, Hamilton, Ontario, L8R 3P9

In the heart of Hamilton there’s a place with heart. Staff and residents together make this an oasis of kindness and care. You see instances of this around the community as soon as you walk in. People are gathered around a table in the lounge, and other groups are found throughout the community, some sitting and chatting, others perhaps on their way out to do something together. It’s also strikingly diverse.

This is a community bringing progressive ideals to Hamilton’s downtown, an idea whose time has come: senior living as part of the area's progressive renewal. Caroline Place combines fun and activity on the exterior with a vibrant life inside. Sure, there’s lots to do downtown: shopping, lunch at one of the many cafes, the Farmer’s Market and the library, all a short walk away. But Caroline Place is its own little cozy community of friendship and freedom. There’s exceptional dining, a design that incorporates a 24-hour café, a fitness center, and several lovely dining areas and lounges. It immediately feels like a great place to live.

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Allandale Station Retirement Residence

357 Yonge St, Barrie, Ontario, L4N 4C9

Allandale Station is all set to create a welcoming, bright new community that Barrie and area seniors might well love at first sight. This community is the work of a developer with a track record of meeting and exceeding the needs and wants of senior residents. Allandale Station promises to bring progressive, inspired ideas to the city of Barrie in a community that will supersede other options nearby.

MTCO Holdings, Inc., has had immense success with other significant projects in places like Collingwood and Bowmanville. Similar communities there are built on a plan that helps people anticipate changing care needs and grows a community of like-minded people. Allandale Village, like other MTCO developments, will offer a healthy integration with the local environment.

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The Elden of Bradford

3131 8th Line, Bradford, Ontario, L3Z 4H2

One of several new developments in the city of Bradford, this project promises to be a leading-edge development for seniors in the area. The Elden of Bradford will offer superior independent living closer to home for people who may have felt the need to move to Newmarket or even further into the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

While meals and housekeeping will be part of the services here, the Elden of Bradford will be focused on creating a vibrant community, as seen in higher quality seniors’ communities throughout the GTA.

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