Independent Living Homes in BC

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What is independent living?

Independent living homes are designed for self-sufficient, well, and, active seniors. While you will receive assistance in emergencies and with some daily tasks, the staff will not always be around you; independent living homes are not intended for those who need constant care. Unlike assisted living care, for example, you will be responsible for your day-to-day well-being.

Independent lifestyle often involves wellness programs onsite; there may be hobby rooms and fitness facilities, book rooms, walking trails and many other features of the home that create a wonderful community. Communal areas in these residences increase your social life and open up new activities and opportunities for growth. Homes may also have nurses on staff, especially if there are other care options on the site, such as long-term or memory care.

BC independent independent living seniors' communities 

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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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Tapestry at Victoria Harbour  

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

Lifestyle Options: Independent 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Berwick On The Park  

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

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 Royal Oak  

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

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

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

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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

Why consider moving into an independent living home?

Let's consider how an independent living home is a better option than aging in your own home.

Many seniors try to remain in a home that was not built with seniors in mind. Many homes built in the mid to late 20th century will have a variety of problems that make them less than accessible. Stairs may have old railings, counters and other such household items may be designed under very old standards. Familiar furniture items like rocking chairs and other items can become hazardous. Common household amenities like floor mats and carpeting can also become hazards as you age.

Contemporary independent senior living homes are designed with safety and security in mind. Accessible features are everywhere, including ramps, handrails, adequate lighting, flat floors and many other modern design features. All of this works together to create a community of people with the same needs as you. Many people find that life is so much better than it is living alone in your own home; as they say, there’s nothing more independent than life in an independent seniors’ living home.

These homes offer a social aspect that cannot be appreciated until you go in and look at what it's like. This often has a way of reviving seniors' enthusiasm and giving them new life. One senior in Vancouver, Jean, says her move into a retirement home there, opened her up to community activities. "I'm not just sitting around, here. It seems like I'm getting out and meeting new people all the time." Improvements in well-being created by the lean, well-appointed independent living residences cannot be measured. 

Other newly moved seniors proclaim a renewed joy of living. Jeannine moved into a North Vancouver retirement home and tells Comfort Life how glad she is to have moved there. "I hope to stay for ages… Friends, safety, my own place, good food and lots to do…. this is home."  

Common features of independent living homes automatically make your life better. Communal dining rooms mean that you no longer have to prepare your own food (or even buy your own groceries), eat alone or clean up dishes when you are done. It's far more enjoyable to share a meal with peers and to have a good time while you are eating; some homes have outdoor dining areas where you can enjoy the natural environment while you eat. Housekeeping and other mundane tasks are also taken care of. Homes are designed for optimal comfort, both in communal areas and in your suite. All of this works together to improve your life immensely over living on your own.  

What to consider when choosing an independent living home

Check out our checklist of things to look for in a retirement home. Here's a brief overview of things to consider. 

  • How much of my own furniture can I bring?
  • What, if any, hidden costs does the home have?
  • Does it have a good reputation? What do reviews of the home say? Do residents seem happy?
  • What are the qualifications of management and staff?
  • Has it been well maintained? How old are the buildings and/or homes?
  • Do the services and amenities the community offers appeal to you?
  • How many people live there?
  • What is included in the cost? Are there any extra costs (i.e. laundry service, maintenance)? 

Be sure to speak to a home’s administrators, staff, residents, and even residents’ family members for a complete profile of a given independent living home. 

Of course, you will want to consider several options. Use the checklist to compare several homes; it's a great resource that will remind you of many aspects to look at, that you may not have thought of on your own. Make a list of your own personal preferences, must-haves and nice-to-haves then compare and contrast what individual homes offer. 

Download The Ultimate Retirement Tour Checklist. It will remind you of things you may not think of on your own, with a comprehensive list of things to note. It's a personal guidebook to make your tour more focused and enjoyable, and the note-taking process much easier.

What makes British Columbia a desirable retirement destination?

If you are considering homes here from out of the province, B.C. is a particularly great place to live in your retirement.There is certainly a lot to do in British Columbia! Its two largest cities, Vancouver and Victoria, are full of cultural diversity, lively streets, and great shopping. And, its seemingly ubiquitous natural riches are great for hiking or if you merely want to be in a soothing atmosphere. 

Further interior cities such as Kamloops, Chilliwack and even homes in towns as far north as Thornhill, offer lower cost real estate and all the beauty and relaxation you could want. Many of the residences listed here very appropriately brag about the spectacular views of local scenery you will have. BC's temperate climate also has beneficial effects for seniors and those suffering from ailments such as heart disease and lung problems. 



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