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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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Tapestry at Arbutus Walk
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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.
Tapestry at Wesbrook Village
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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.
Arbourside Court
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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.
Summerhill PARC
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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.
Mulberry PARC
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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.
Thornebridge Gardens
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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!
The Heritage
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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.
Hawthorn Park Retirement Community
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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.
Cedar Springs PARC
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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.
Westerleigh PARC
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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.
Gilmore Gardens
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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.
Granville Gardens
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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.
OPAL by Element
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OPAL by Element

438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Y2J4
438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 2J4 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.
Arbutus Ridge by the Sea
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Arbutus Ridge by the Sea

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.
Courtyard Gardens
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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.
The Concorde Retirement Residence
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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.
Sherwood House
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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
Lifemark Residences
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Lifemark Residences

14018/14022 60A Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, V3X 2N2
LIFEMARK RESIDENCES,PRIVATE BEDROOM & BATHROOM 14018/14022 60 A Avenue Surrey,BC V3X 2N2 Chef prepared meals,housekeeping & Registered Massage Therapy all within a fun, communal environment where friendships can thrive
Legacy Senior Living
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Legacy Senior Living

611 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 0C7
Legacy Senior Living is Vancouver’s premier retirement community offering luxurious boutique-style retirement living for independent, active mature adults seeking an exceptional lifestyle in the heart of Oakridge.
Chartwell Imperial Place Retirement Residence
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Chartwell Imperial Place Retirement Residence

13853 102nd Ave, Surrey, British Columbia, V3T 5P6
Chartwell Willow Retirement Community
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Chartwell Willow Retirement Community

12275-224th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V2X 6H5
Chartwell Kamloops Retirement Residence
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Chartwell Kamloops Retirement Residence

628 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, British Columbia, V2B 3H6
Chartwell Langley Gardens Retirement Community
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Chartwell Langley Gardens Retirement Community

8888-202 Street, Langley, British Columbia, V1M 4A7
Chartwell Carrington House Retirement Residence
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Chartwell Carrington House Retirement Residence

32679 - 6th Ave., Mission, British Columbia, V2V 1Y8
Chartwell Ridgepointe Retirement Residence
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Chartwell Ridgepointe Retirement Residence

1789 Primrose Court, Kamloops, British Columbia, V1S 0B7
Chartwell Churchill House Retirement Residence
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Chartwell Churchill House Retirement Residence

150 W. 29th Street, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7N 0A1
Chartwell Cedarbrooke Retirement Residence
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Chartwell Cedarbrooke Retirement Residence

32331 - 7th Ave., Mission, British Columbia, V2V 6T7
Chartwell Birchwood Retirement Residence
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Chartwell Birchwood Retirement Residence

45650 Patten Avenue, Chilliwack, British Columbia, V2P 1S4
Chartwell Renaissance Retirement Residence
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Chartwell Renaissance Retirement Residence

6676 203rd Street, Langley, British Columbia, V2Y 2Z1
Chartwell Carlton Gardens Care Residence
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Chartwell Carlton Gardens Care Residence

4108 Norfolk Street, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5G 0B4
Chartwell Crescent Gardens Retirement Community
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Chartwell Crescent Gardens Retirement Community

1222 King George Blvd., Surrey, British Columbia, V4A 9W6
Chartwell Ross Place Retirement Residence
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Chartwell Ross Place Retirement Residence

2638 Ross Lane, Victoria, British Columbia, V8T 5M4
Chartwell Chatsworth Retirement Residence
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Chartwell Chatsworth Retirement Residence

1831 Parkview Crescent, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1X 7G7
Chartwell Hampton House Retirement Residence
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Chartwell Hampton House Retirement Residence

45555 Hodgins Avenue, Chilliwack, British Columbia, V2P 1P3
Chartwell Lynnwood Retirement Residence
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Chartwell Lynnwood Retirement Residence

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

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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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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