Eight best places to retire in BC

British Columbia's most senior-friendly spots



Where are the best places to retire in British Columbia? We look at what are your best choices, based on a variety of sources, as well as comments from BC residents themselves. Here's our take on the best places to retire in the province of British Columbia.


  1. Parksville

    AKA "the jewel of Vancouver Island," AKA "Canada's retirement capital," Parksville is the centerpiece of an area renowned for its Mediterranean climate. The town itself is known for its sandy beaches protected from any harsh weather by a semi-circular cove. Move here and you can go kayaking in December, golfing in January, and whale-watching any time of the year. Live here and you'll join a lot of other retirees just like you, thanks to its having the country's highest number of seniors per capita.

    For all the nearby features and beauty, there’s a lot to do in Parksville itself. (Family will love to visit you.) In Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, you’ll love the scenic beaches and beautiful vistas of the Strait. At Parksville Beach Fest, held every August, you can join the sand castle building contest. Paradise Fun Park is a place your kids and grandkids will love. You might also love rock jumping at Top Bridge Park. There’s even a regional campus of Vancouver Island University here — and so much more.

    Parksville's real estate is reasonably priced compared to Victoria and Vancouver (35% lower than Victoria and 70% lower than Vancouver1.) There are a lot of reasons why it’s number one!

    Great retirement places in Parksville

  2. Victoria

    Victoria is currently listed #1 on MoneySense's list of best places to retire in Canada. Why? There are 3.73 doctors per 1000 people and the city has 319 days of the year above freezing. All that healthy sea air and temperate climate also makes it one of the healthiest places to live in all of Canada. Nearby towns include Saanich, also listed high on Canada's Best Places to Live2.

    Low property tax rates make it easy for Victoria seniors to travel more than people from some other BC cities. Scotty Day, resident in a Pacific coastal retirement home, says it best: "We’re always excited to go away. But without exception, when we return, we always say, ‘It’s so good to be home!'"  Read Scotty's story here

    Victoria retirement destinations

  3. West Vancouver

    West Van has been the highest ranking BC city on the list of best places to live in Canada, according to MoneySense.2 It qualifies as a small town, while standout qualities that drove up its ranking are low taxes, low crime, and excellent walking and biking paths, along with better than average public transit. West Vancouver also has low unemployment and a median household income of $90,000 annually3. The price of living here is very expensive but those who live there are happy to call it home. 

    Mary is one retirement home resident who loves the life at her retirement home. "Life is so full," she says. The great thing about living here, she tells us, is that "you can always keep active here… and you can always see the fun in life."

    West Vancouver retirement communities

  4. Kelowna

    Combine rugged interior provincial beauty with a moderate climate and you get Kelowna. It stands here for a lot of great BC interior cities that make great places to retire, but in itself it’s a truly ideal town. There are over 1400 local businesses, including numerous malls and plazas, along with local wineries, and a yacht club on Lake Okanagan. Find 125 parks and trails within the city’s boundaries. Go hiking and you might spot wildlife, anything from foxes and marmots to bears.

    It’s one of those places "with heart." You know you can rely on people. Those tangibles and intangibles put Kelowna 65th on MoneySense's list of best places to live in Canada a few years ago2.

    Mary Lou tells us that in her home here, "I know I am safe." What's more, "my family knows I am safe and happy here." Beauty, vitality, safety and happiness... what more can you ask for in a retirement destination?

    Kelowna retirement homes

  5. Vancouver

    Vancouver has been listed by The Economist as the #3 most liveable city in the world4. There's little doubt that Vancouver is a world-class destination for living and investing. The city's free and easy lifestyle, spectacular scenery, and superb natural environment are all legendary, as are its complementary real estate costs, of course. What about actually living and retiring there?  The Economist ranks it so highly based on categories like stability, health care, culture, environment, education, and infrastructure. People love living and being retired here as they say in Vancouver retirement homes' reviews.

    Vancouver's best retirement homes

  6. Nanaimo

    The entire eastern side of Vancouver Island is a great place to retire, and Nanaimo is a hub (population just over 100,000 as of 2023). Like Parksville (and Campbell River, Duncan, for that matter) it’s got that wonderfully moderate climate year round. There’s whale watching and other marine activities here, like you might expect. The beauty of the harbourfront includes small shops, restaurants, and more. Nanaimo has a reputation as a peaceful, safe place to live and it’s an ideal retirement destination, as shown by the many who have done so. The average age in the city is 45, while a substantial portion of the population is over 60. Like Parksville, you can live here far more cheaply than you would in Victoria or Vancouver.

    Great places to retire in Nanaimo

  7. Burnaby

    Burnaby is ranked 182nd overall on the most recent list of best places to live.  The third largest city in British Columbia, Burnaby was also listed in a survey by Maclean’s magazine (albeit in 2009), as Canada’s best-run city, based on factors including efficiency and effectiveness of city services. The population of Burnaby is only 249,197 (as of 2017) and the average household net worth in the city is $650,000. The prosperity of the city is a product of people's energy and confidence, as exemplified by Dorothy, a senior resident of Mulberry PARC. As she says, "We keep very busy… Here, there’s always something to do."

    Burnaby retirement homes

  8. Surrey

    Listed #104 on the Best Places to Live in all of Canada in 2016, Surrey is a large city with a growing population. It's a great place to retire because of its relatively low crime rate and its temperate weather (as found throughout BC).  Surrey is a relatively green and progressive city, with over 7% of the population traveling to work by public transit and 6.5 % of the population working in health care. It has a somewhat lower annual rainfall than other BC cities. 

    Pam Bricker says her mom loves her retirement in Surrey. "She always wanted to come 'home' to BC but she lived in Seattle. She loves being retired in Surrey… There are many shops and conveniences within walking distance of where she lives, and there's a wealth of other people her age with whom to socialize." 

    Retirement homes in Surrey

In the end, who can decide for sure what is the best place to live or retire? You may have your own ideas that run completely contrary to that of the so-called "authorities." When most people consider their own needs, they want to be close to family or other things important to them. There are many things to think about, and really, the best place to live is anywhere where you have good friends and loved ones nearby and you enjoy life to the fullest. It may not, in the end, be a place, so much as a state of mind.

Sources, further resources, and notes

1Wowa.ca reports Vancouver at $1.28 million and Victoria at $1.02 million (as of October 2023), while Ojohome lists the price here as $755,050.
2MoneySense.ca/canadas-best-places-to-live-2016-full-ranking/. See also moneysense.ca/save/retirement/canadas-best-places-to-retire-2016/.
3point2homes.com/CA/Demographics/BC/West-Vancouver-Demographics.html
4The Economist tracks the world's most liveable cities. E.g. economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2015/08/daily-chart-5.

BC's best retirement communities, chosen by Comfort Life

Berwick On The Park

Berwick On The Park

60 Whiteshield Crescent, South Kamloops, British Columbia, V2E 2S9
Nestled on the hillside, Berwick on the Park offers stunning panoramic mountain, valley and river views and flexible retirement lifestyles, including independent living and assisted living.
Sunstone Apartments

Sunstone Apartments

10775 Delsom Crescent, Delta, British Columbia, V4C 0A8
Sunstone Rentals is the newest retirement community located in North Delta. A 70 unit independent living facility for those 55+, offers retirement community living for those downsizing.
Chelsea Park

Chelsea Park

1968 East 19th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5N 5K3
A boutique residence with a homelike ambience where you can enjoy your independence while receiving quality hospitality services. Offering intimate, well designed, comfortable and affordable living for Seniors.
Tapestry at Victoria Harbour

Tapestry at Victoria Harbour

777 Belleville St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8V OB6
Tapestry is an active aging seniors community promoting an active and vibrant lifestyle in a safe and supportive environment. Enjoy the wellness offerings and Restaurant and pub at your leisure.
Berwick House

Berwick House

4062 Shelbourne Street, Victoria, British Columbia, V8N 3E6
Berwick House offers comfort, security and our usual high standard of affordable luxury. Steps away from a mall, cinema and other conveniences, you’ll find everything you need for an independent and active lifestyle.
Tapestry at Arbutus Walk

Tapestry at Arbutus Walk

2799 Yew Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 4W2
Tapestry at Arbutus Walk is an active aging community that offers residents unlimited opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle and improve their physical, mental and social well-being.
Tapestry at Wesbrook Village

Tapestry at Wesbrook Village

3338 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6S 0A6
Tapestry at Wesbrook VIllage is an active aging community that offers residents unlimited opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle and improve their physical, mental and social well-being.
Berwick Parksville

Berwick Parksville

180 Jensen Ave East, Parksville, British Columbia, V9P 0G9
At Berwick Parksville, we strive to change the perception of retirement living by empowering our Residents to live their best life with us. We think of it as inspired retirement living.
Berwick by the Sea

Berwick by the Sea

Berwick by the Sea 1353 16th Ave., Campbell River, British Columbia, V9W 0C4
Berwick by the Sea offers you the freedom to spend your time doing the things you love most. Every area of the community has been carefully designed to offer something for everyone. Come join us on your next adventure!
Orchard Gardens Seniors Community

Orchard Gardens Seniors Community

295 Gerstmar Road, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1X 7W9
Formerly Fernbrae Manor, Orchard Gardens Seniors Community offers quality services and a variety of amenities for Kelowna’s seniors. Choose from a studio or one-bedroom suite with independent living monthly packages.
Berwick Royal Oak

Berwick Royal Oak

4680 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria, British Columbia, V8Z 0B4
Luxurious, Resort-Style Retirement Living where you can age in place; You’re Home at Last at Berwick Royal Oak on Vancouver Island in beautiful Victoria, BC.
Chartwell Ridgepointe Retirement Residence

Chartwell Ridgepointe Retirement Residence

1789 Primrose Court, Kamloops, British Columbia, V1S 0B7
Enjoy a flexible, independent retirement lifestyle surrounded by nature with the convenience of Downtown Kamloops."
Berwick Qualicum Beach

Berwick Qualicum Beach

120 First Ave W, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, V9K 0B4
Berwick Qualicum Beach offers an array of amenities and engaging programs in our beautifully appointed community. Join our vibrant community today and enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle with some new friends.
Berwick On The Lake

Berwick On The Lake

3201 Ross Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9T 6L9
At Berwick on the Lake, residents enjoy red seal chef prepared meals in their choice of 3 dining rooms. Beyond our beautiful amenities, our residents also enjoy a full wellness program. Resort style living at it's best!
Sunnyside Manor

Sunnyside Manor

15340 17th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, V4A 1T9
Step into Sunnyside Manor where you’ll find a warm and welcoming atmosphere, a place where connections are made and friendships flourish. Enjoy freshly prepared meals and ease of living with our all-inclusive services.
Berwick Comox Valley

Berwick Comox Valley

1700 Comox Avenue, Comox, British Columbia, V9M 4H4
Berwick Comox Valley offers a resort-style retirement residence in a convenient downtown setting. This is West Coast living at its finest, truly affordable luxury.
Hawthorn Park Retirement Community - Verve Senior Living

Hawthorn Park Retirement Community - Verve Senior Living

867 KLO Road, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9G5
Living at Hawthorn Park Retirement Residence means you have choices & can customize the services you need, as you need them. We offer three lifestyle opportunities; supportive living, assisted living & complex care.
Sandalwood Retirement Resort

Sandalwood Retirement Resort

580 Yates Road, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1V 2M3
Life at Sandalwood means your needs are taken care of: dining, linen, housekeeping, transportation & 24 hour security. Enriching activities & events will engage you. Choose from bright spacious 1 & 2 bedroom suites.
Courtyard Gardens - Verve Senior Living

Courtyard Gardens - Verve Senior Living

7051 Moffat Road, Richmond, British Columbia, V6Y 3W2
Courtyard Gardens offers an enriching community, with quality staff & friendly & caring environment. 107 Private & Subsidized suites in Assisted Living, 31 Private Pay Extended Care studio suites & 1 Respite Suite.
Arbourside Court

Arbourside Court

13751 - 74th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, V3W 1A8
Welcome to Arbourside Court, a retirement home in the heart of Surrey, BC. Proudly serving our senior residents since 2001. Many activities to enjoy and new friendships to be made, we are always bustling with laughter.
Amica West Vancouver

Amica West Vancouver

659 Clyde Avenue, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7T 1C8
Tucked away between the North Shore Mountains and Pacific Ocean, our residence offers the best of West Vancouver. Enjoy access to trails and shopping—a comfortable yet sophisticated lifestyle at Amica West Vancouver.
The Heritage - Verve Senior Living

The Heritage - Verve Senior Living

3630 Brown Rd, West Kelowna, British Columbia, V4T7Y9
The Heritage Retirement Residence encompasses an active living & entertaining lifestyle with supportive & assisted living measures, Our highly skilled registered health care team will provide assistance when you need it.
The Vineyards Residence

The Vineyards Residence

726 Valley Road, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1V 0E9
The Vineyards approach to assisted living & memory care allows people to go about life as they always have, despite health changes. Beautiful suites & homemade meals. Discover for yourself why we say Life’s Better Here
Wedgwood House

Wedgwood House

256 Government Street, Duncan, British Columbia, V9L 1A4
Very wonderful group of friendly residents who love to do things together. Residents Group arrange entertainment, winemaking and wine & cheese parties each month. They are helpful and welcoming. Wedgwood feels like home!
Sunridge Gardens

Sunridge Gardens

22301 Fraser Highway, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 4H5
An upscale and contemporary senior living community in the historic Murrayville neighbourhood of Langley. Featuring spacious open-concept suites, a beautiful courtyard garden and a wide variety of amenities.
Granville Gardens - Verve Senior Living

Granville Gardens - Verve Senior Living

1550 West 49th Avenue,, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6M 0B3
Located in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood, Granville Gardens offers residents the opportunity to stay active and live in a well-appointed urban community, surrounded by shopping centres, parks, community centres.
The Residence at Orchards Walk

The Residence at Orchards Walk

#100 3300 Valleyview Drive, Kamloops, British Columbia, V2C 0G9
The Residence offers service-oriented living at its finest. With a shopping plaza and stunning views, Orchards Walk is Kamloops’ premier new neighbourhood. Choose between spacious studios and one or two bedroom suites.
Thornebridge Gardens - Verve Senior Living

Thornebridge Gardens - Verve Senior Living

649 8th Avenue, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3M 2R2
Thornebridge Gardens is one of New Westminster’s finest retirement residences, providing luxurious, worry-free surroundings with life enriching services that inspire healthy senior living. Many options are available!
Greystone Manor Retirement Residence

Greystone Manor Retirement Residence

11657 Ritchie Avenue, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V2X 8X3
Named one of the top 3 retirement communities in Maple Ridge, Greystone is a premier Park Place residence, with the comfort and services you need to maintain your active lifestyle in a warm and welcoming community.
The Camelot

The Camelot

455 Kingston Street, Victoria, British Columbia, V8V 1V8
At The Camelot we offer Boutique Independent Retirement Living with Supportive Services. In the heart of quiet, downtown James Bay near the Inner Harbour, we offer Dinner daily, Housekeeping, security & companionship!
The Waterford

The Waterford

1345 56th Street, Tsawwassen, British Columbia, V4L 2P9
Featuring bright suites surrounded by pedestrian pathways, and a two-acre water feature in Tsawwassen town-centre. Two choices in all-inclusive senior housing: independent living and a licensed Care Centre suites.
Cedar Springs PARC

Cedar Springs PARC

3633 Mount Seymour Pkwy, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 0A9
Located near Mt. Seymour in Vancouver's North Shore, Cedar Springs PARC offers retirement living within a beautiful natural environment. 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.
Sherwood House

Sherwood House

280 Government Street, Duncan, British Columbia, V9L 0B5
At Sherwood House we offer active adult independent retirement living, pet friendly, featuring delicious homemade meals, daily activities, weekly housekeeping, safely connected in the heart of Duncan, Vancouver Island
Westerleigh PARC

Westerleigh PARC

725 - 22nd Street, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7V 0B3
Westerleigh PARC offers refined independent living in one of West Vancouver's most sought after addresses. Studio, 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.
Magnolia Gardens

Magnolia Gardens

5840 Glover Rd, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 9K3
An oasis in the heart of Langley City, Magnolia Gardens features bright, spacious suites and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Two choices in senior living: 115 independent living suites, and a 40-suite licensed Care Centre.
Wisteria Place

Wisteria Place

4388 Garry Street, Richmond, British Columbia, V7E 2V2
Wisteria Place, beckons to active seniors seeking vibrant and satisfying daily life. Majestic views, park greenery, a Zen garden and Koi pond, bring nature, beauty, and peace. Let us welcome you home to life in harmony.
Summerhill PARC

Summerhill PARC

135 West 15th Street, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7M 1R7
Summerhill PARC near the heart of Lonsdale and 15th Avenue in beautiful North Vancouver offers a highly social retirement community living experience. 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.
Gilmore Gardens - Verve Senior Living

Gilmore Gardens - Verve Senior Living

4088 Blundell Road, Richmond, British Columbia, V7C 5V1
Like a condominium, you furnish your suite with the comforts from your home, including pets. At Gilmore Gardens, it's the people, residents and staff alike, that make this independent senior living community so special.
Hawthorne Place

Hawthorne Place

750 Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, V9K 2P6
The Wexford

The Wexford

1737 56 Street, Tsawwassen BC, British Columbia, V4L 0A5
The Wexford offers all-inclusive, independent senior living one km from Tsawwassen town centre. Bright and spacious suites and costal-inspired living areas are beautifully accented by a rooftop garden and courtyard.
The Concorde Retirement Residence - Verve Senior Living

The Concorde Retirement Residence - Verve Senior Living

3235 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton, British Columbia, V2A 6G5
The Concorde has a warm and welcoming atmosphere with comfortable dining & excellent views of the mountains, along with extensive program activities; The Concorde is perfect for an active living & entertaining lifestyle.
The Village Langley - Verve Senior Living

The Village Langley - Verve Senior Living

3920 198th Street, Langley, British Columbia, V3A1E1
We believe that the desire for fulfillment and living a life with purpose does not diminish with a diagnosis of dementia. We focus on the possibilities of each person, supporting each to live with laughter, love and joy.
Oceana PARC

Oceana PARC

1575 George St, White Rock, British Columbia, V4B 0B6
At Oceana PARC, our residents thrive with access to physical and mental fitness programming, social activities, chef-prepared meals, transportation and more. Come discover why life is better at our new residence.
Mulberry PARC

Mulberry PARC

7230 Acorn Avenue, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5E 4N9
Mulberry PARC is a welcoming home and community in the heart of Burnaby, BC with the largest 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom retirement home suites available.


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