No matter where you are looking for a retirement home in British Columbia — from Vancouver Island to interior destinations like Kamloops and Kelowna to Prince George and other places further north — you know you are living in a world-class destination. The reasons the world comes to BC to retire are many, but certainly include the spectacular scenery everywhere and the many attractions of Vancouver and Victoria.
British Columbia retirement homes
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2799 Yew Street, Vancouver,
British Columbia, V6K 4W2
A senior living community in Vancouver, BC offering luxurious seniors' apartments in an active community, along with assisted living and other options.
3338 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver,
British Columbia, V6S 0A6
This beautiful Vancouver seniors' community offers a variety of private suites, along with community services including dining, wellness activities and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
22301 Fraser Highway, Langley,
British Columbia, V3A4H5
We feature comfortable, open-concept suites in Langley for seniors who want to enjoy their independence and the freedom of all-inclusive 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!
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.
455 Kingston Street, Victoria,
British Columbia, V8V 1V8
Built in 1998, the Camelot is located in the heart of James Bay. We offer a warm comfortable home environment in a quiet location, right downtown by the Inner Harbour. Rents include Dinners, Housekeeping, and Laundry.
280 Government Street, Duncan,
British Columbia, V9L 0B5
At Sherwood House we offer active adult and independent retirement living, pet friendly, featuring delicious homemade meals, daily activities, weekly housekeeping in a secure environment in Duncan, BC on Vancouver Island
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.
4388 Garry St, 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.
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.
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.
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.
600 Fairways Place, Cobble Hill,
British Columbia, V0R1L1
Arbutus Ridge is a 50 + seaside community located minutes from Victoria via a beautiful drive over the Malahat. There are 646 homes distributed over a park like 150 acres interlinked with the Arbutus Ridge Golf Course.
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!
#100 - 2180 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford,
British Columbia, V3G0B1
A spectacular new residential tower in Abbotsford, Mahogany Platinum combines convenience, livability and luxury for seniors looking for an independent lifestyle community. Only a few suites left.
3920 198th Street, Langley,
British Columbia, V3A 1C8
We believe that the desire to achieve well-being, purpose and fulfillment does not diminish with a dementia diagnosis. We focus on the possibilities of each Villager with support to live life with laughter, love and joy.
1737 - 56 Street, Delta,
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.
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.
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.
725 - 22nd Street, West Vancouver,
British Columbia, V7V 0B3
Westerleigh PARC offers refined retirement living in one of West Vancouver's most sought after addresses. Studio, 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.
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.
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.
#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.
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.
917 Avrill Road, Victoria,
British Columbia, V9B 0T2
Cherish brings a new approach to senior living that has been called innovative and the way of the future. Our Independent Living rental suites and condominiums provide choices for estate preservation and peace of mind.
6676 203rd Street, Langley,
British Columbia, V2Y 2Z1
150 W. 29th Street, North Vancouver,
British Columbia, V7N 0A1
1831 Parkview Crescent, Kelowna,
British Columbia, V1X 7G7
1789 Primrose Court, Kamloops,
British Columbia, V1S 0B7
45650 Patten Avenue, Chilliwack,
British Columbia, V2P 1S4
13853 102nd Ave, Surrey,
British Columbia, V3T 5P6
12275-224th Street, Maple Ridge,
British Columbia, V2X 6H5
1222 King George Blvd., Surrey,
British Columbia, V4A 9W6
8888-202 Street, Langley,
British Columbia, V1M 4A7
9168 Corbould Street, Chilliwack,
British Columbia, V2P 8A1
32331 - 7th Ave., Mission,
British Columbia, V2V 6T7
4108 Norfolk Street, Burnaby,
British Columbia, V5G 0B4
45555 Hodgins Avenue, Chilliwack,
British Columbia, V2P 1P3
628 Tranquille Road, Kamloops,
British Columbia, V2B 3H6
32679 - 6th Ave., Mission,
British Columbia, V2V 1Y8
Spectacular retirement destinations in BC
Vancouver is home to a variety of excellent retirement residences. The fresh ocean air and lively city life make it a living and retirement destination for people from around the world. Certainly it is home to some of the highest priced real estate in North America, but with its many attractive city features, including the Harbour, local wildlife, museums, mountain scenes, Stanley Park, night life and so much more, it is worth every penny.
Victoria and Vancouver Island retirement homes offer more affordability than what you will find in Vancouver. Among other things, this is a great destination for Vancouverites who have downsized and want to get away from the bustle of Vancouver living. The lifestyle in Nanaimo, Saanich, Duncan, Mill Bay and other island cities is a bit slower but still full of all the bounteous beauty and recreation British Columbians can expect.
Interior cities like Kelowna and Kamloops are also less expensive than Vancouver. Both cities are considered “well-kept secrets,” ideal places to settle in retirement.
Check out our perennially updated list of best places to retire in BC
Retirement care costs in British Columbia
Care costs vary widely depending on two variables: the level of care you require and the location. We break down costs you can expect in our overview of retirement costs in BC. However, consult each of the homes listed to learn what it will cost you for your specific needs.
Care options in BC
There are a variety of retirement care options available to seniors in British Columbia. In many cases, these care options will be available under the same roof in a retirement village or residence. BC’s independent living retirement facilities offer a home to seniors who are still active but who want some of their daily living activities taken care of by others. This situation can be ideal for couples where one partner is still quite healthy but another may require some level of care, including assisted living or even memory care. In independent living, meals and housekeeping may be provided.
Assisted living retirement communities in BC offer a more comprehensive care that may include help with mobility and incontinence care. BC’s memory care homes offer dedicated support for the elderly with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. Long-term care homes in BC are regulated by the government and offer continuing care and even palliative care.
The search for the ideal BC retirement community
Before you begin your search for retirement home in BC, understand that there is no government regulation of homes. Membership in the BCSLA (see below) entails that the home is well-taken care of; make sure that the home has the BCSLA Seal of Approval. Beyond that, there are many other things to keep in mind.
Here are some highlights to supplement our (highly recommended) Retirement Home Checklist:
- Prioritize your needs and wants. Make the retirement home choice process much like any home purchase
- Use our advanced search to find a retirement community with the exact features you want
- Tour the retirement residence’s kitchen and cafeteria and check the menu for quality, variety and any other concerns
- Visit several residences then take a second or even third look before you make your decision
- When you do a secnd visit, visit at a different time of the day to see how the environment changes
- Get a schedule of recreational activities and find out which facilities meet your needs. Compare this across several different homes
- Poke into the corners and get off the beaten path. Check stairwells for cleanliness. Check all the corners of the grounds to see what is there and how well maintained everything is
- Ask the care, nursing and services staff lots of question: as many as you can
- Speak to residents and ask them how they like the place and what it is they like about the place. Be sure to ask them how well they like the staff that work at this particular retirement community
- Be sure to request references from professional organizations, patrons, children of patrons and others that are currently associted with the retirement home or community
When to look?
Whether you're looking in Victoria or Abbotsford, keep these tips in mind when conducting your search for a retirement community in British Columbia. Start your search before you need a seniors' community or care service. This way there is lots of time to discuss your options without any unnecessary panic or urgency. However, most people wait until the health of senior parent begins to deteriorate and it becomes apparent that they can no longer live in their own home, on their own. There are a variety of care options that meet various needs.
Retirement home regulation in BC
In British Columbia, there are no government regulations for independent living retirement residences, so it is important to inspect potential retirement communities closely before making a decision. Many retirement communities volunteer membership in the BC Seniors Living Association (BCSLA). The BCSLA has implemented a self-regulated assessment standard (since 2009) for members, called the Seal of Approval. This program identifies retirement communities that adhere to the highest industry standards. Look for this Seal of Approval designation in BC retirement homes, which indicates that a community meets multiple criteria in five areas: safety measures, infection control, staff training, resident services and assisted living supports.,
The government of British Columbia does regulate Long Term Care communities and Assisted Living communities under its Community Care and Assisted Living Act. As noted by the British Columbia Law Institute, the Act focuses on health and safety concerns and is less concerned with the quality of meals or other services provided by residences; it certainly does not concern itself with issues such as false advertising on the part of care homes. Such concerns may be accountable under BC's Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act and also by the BCSLA.
In 2012, the BC Ombudsperson published a 400 page report, following three years' investigation into seniors' care in the province. This Report focuses on the province's need for improvements in access to assistance and support for seniors and family members navigating the care system. Annual updates on progress in meeting recommendations are provided by the Ombudsperson's Office here.
BC also has a Bill of Rights for Residents, which provides a summary of care standards identified over the years in the province, in the former Adult Care Regulations and newer Residential Care Regulations. You can download and review the BC Residents' Bill of Rights here.