British Columbia Retirement Communities

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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.

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The Village Langley  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care

Tapestry at Wesbrook Village  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Hawthorn Park Retirement Community  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care

Parksville  

180 Jensen Ave East, Parksville, British Columbia, V9P 2H2

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Shannon Oaks - Vancouver  

2526 Waverley Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5S 4W1

Shannon Oaks offers amenity spaces that will delight: gardens, lounges, library, country kitchen, games room, exercise room, courtyard patios - even a golf putting green. Meet new friends and live life to the fullest!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Tapestry at Victoria Harbour  

777 Belleville St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8V OB6

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

The Heritage  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Gilmore Gardens  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Origin at Longwood  

6205 Oliver Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9T 6T1

Origin at Longwood offers a choice of spacious suites, featuring large windows with a variety of exposures to Nanaimo’s vistas or Longwood’s pristine forests – most suites also feature a private balcony or patio.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care

Courtyard Gardens  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Long-term care

Norman Manor  

8515 Young Road, Chilliwack, British Columbia, V2P 4P2

Located in the heart of Chilliwack, BC, Norman Manor Independent Living is a unique provider of independent living. Inviting ambiance, relaxed dining and pleasurable activities await you at Norman Manor!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Thornebridge Gardens  

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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

The Concorde Retirement Residence  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Granville Gardens  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Tapestry at Arbutus Walk  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Chilliwack Lifestyles  

6980 Vedder Road, Chilliwack, British Columbia, V2R 4E1

Located in Chilliwack, BC, surrounded by lush gardens, gazebo seating and water, we are a small, cozy facility. At Chilliwack Lifestyles, you can enjoy every moment while creating new and lasting memories!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

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.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living

Pacific Carlton Seniors Community  

15366 17th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, V4A 1T9

Pacific Carlton features the largest senior suites in South Surrey and White Rock - perfect for couples! With a vibrant lifestyle, homestyle cooking, and 24/7 support, Pacific Carlton is the perfect place to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living

The Camelot  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Memory Care, Long-term care

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Hamilton High Street Residence  

23100 Garripie Avenue, Richmond, British Columbia, V6V 0B9

Welcome to where independence meets peace of mind. Experience Richmond's cruise-inspired community offering gourmet meals, active living, entertainment & services that are not in-your-face, but there when you need them.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Berwick On The Park  

60 Whiteshield Crescent, South Kamloops, British Columbia, V2E 2S9

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Long-term care

Sunridge Gardens  

22301 Fraser Highway, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 4H5

Contemporary, open-concept suites in Langley for seniors who want to enjoy their independence and the freedom of all-inclusive living.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Waterford, The  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Memory Care, Long-term care

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Mahogany Platinum  

#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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Active Living

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Sherwood House  

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

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Westerleigh PARC  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Long-term care

Cherish at Central Park  

100-917 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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Berwick Royal Oak  

4680 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria, British Columbia, V8Z 0B4

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Long-term care

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

OPAL by Element  

438 West King Edward Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Y 05M

438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 0M5 Opal offers a full continuum of support from Independent Living, Assisted living all the way to Complex Care, allowing the opportunity for aging in place.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care

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

Lifestyle Options: Assisted Living, Memory Care

Chartwell Kamloops Retirement Residence  

628 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, British Columbia, V2B 3H6

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Kamloops seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Chartwell Willow Retirement Community  

12275-224th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V2X 6H5

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Maple Ridge seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Chartwell Carlton Retirement Residence  

4110 Norfolk Street, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5G 0C1

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Burnaby seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Long-term care

Chartwell Birchwood Retirement Residence  

45650 Patten Avenue, Chilliwack, British Columbia, V2P 1S4

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Chilliwack seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Chartwell Imperial Place Retirement Residence  

13853 102nd Ave, Surrey, British Columbia, V3T 5P6

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Surrey seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Chartwell Ridgepointe Retirement Residence  

1789 Primrose Court, Kamloops, British Columbia, V1S 0B7

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Kamloops seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Chartwell Carrington House Retirement Residence  

32679 - 6th Ave., Mission, British Columbia, V2V 1Y8

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Mission seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Chartwell Renaissance Retirement Residence  

6676 203rd Street, Langley, British Columbia, V2Y 2Z1

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Langley seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Chartwell Carrington Place Retirement Residence  

4651 23rd St., Vernon, British Columbia, V1T 4K7

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Vernon seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Chartwell Hampton House Retirement Residence  

45555 Hodgins Avenue, Chilliwack, British Columbia, V2P 1P3

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Chilliwack seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Chartwell Churchill House Retirement Residence  

150 W. 29th Street, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7N 0A1

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a North Vancouver seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Chartwell Cedarbrooke Retirement Residence  

32331 - 7th Ave., Mission, British Columbia, V2V 6T7

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Mission seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Chartwell Langley Gardens Retirement Community  

8888-202 Street, Langley, British Columbia, V1M 4A7

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Langley seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Long-term care

Chartwell Chatsworth Retirement Residence  

1831 Parkview Crescent, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1X 7G7

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Kelowna seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Chartwell Lynnwood Retirement Residence  

9168 Corbould Street, Chilliwack, British Columbia, V2P 8A1

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Chilliwack seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Chartwell Crescent Gardens Retirement Community  

1222 King George Blvd., Surrey, British Columbia, V4A 9W6

A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Surrey seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Long-term care

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. 

Read Retirement Costs in British Columbia to learn more about the costs of retirement living in BC. 

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. 

Need to talk to your parents about moving into a retirement community? Watch The Talk on Comfort Life TV for advice.

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

 

Did you know that many retirement communities offer vacation stays? Download our free eBook The Ultimate Retirement Tour Checklist for more tips.

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.

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Read BC retirement residence reviews before you commit to a retirement residence.

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.



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