Independent Living Ottawa

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The move into an independent living retirement home in Ottawa is empowering. “I wanted it to be my decision,” says Margaret, from a community just off the 417 near downtown. “I wanted to move while I was still active and not wait until my family told me it was time.” If that or the desire for other improvements in your life resonates with you, look at communities listed below.

Independent senior living Ottawa Region

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Chartwell New Edinburgh Square Retirement Residence  

420 MacKay Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 2C4

Experience vibrant, contemporary retirement living in iconic New Edinburgh.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living

Governors Walk Retirement Residence - Metta Lifestyles  

150 Stanley Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 2J7

A former monastery and friary, Governors Walk is designed to pay respect to the past while featuring a modern touch. Governors Walk is steps away from the picturesque Rideau River and Stanley park.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Promenade Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence  

110 & 150 Rossignol Drive, Orleans, Ontario, K4A 0N2

With so much to do nearby, it’s easy to forget why you might want to stay home, but with its exceptional dining, impeccable design, and fun activities, you’ll find Promenade has many attractions of its own!

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Chartwell Stonehaven Retirement Residence  

70 Stonehaven Drive, Kanata, Ontario, K2M 3B4

Combining personalized service, beautiful natural surroundings and an engaging lifestyle in South Kanata.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living

Park Place Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence  

110 & 120 Central Park Dr, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 4G3

Whether you're looking for independent living, assisted living or memory care, you can access them all in one location at Park Place. We are a vibrant, social community surrounded by parks and close to many amenities.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Carp Commons Retirement Village  

458 Donald B. Munro Drive, Carp, Ontario, K0A 1L0

One visit to Carp Commons Retirement Village and you’ll see the difference in terms of amenities, food, services, programs, and the little touches that make it feel like home.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Ravines Seniors' Suites & Retirement Residence  

626 & 636 Prado Private, Ottawa, Ontario, K2E 0B3

Ravines offers you tranquility in one of Ottawa’s most scenic neighbourhoods, Prince of Wales. A social, carefree lifestyle awaits you in a friendly community staffed with individuals who truly care.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Symphony Senior Living Orleans  

6419 Lumberman Way, Orleans, Ontario, K1C 6E8

At this park-like setting, seniors are offered the choice between studio, 1 or 2 bedroom suites. Bring along pets while enjoying a variety of customizable options, including a varied menu and recreational programs.

Lifestyle Options: Apartments, Independent Living, Assisted Living

The Redwoods Retirement Residence  

2604 Draper Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 9B1

Redwoods apartment style community offers suite with full kitchens, individual meal plans and valet service. Whether you're meeting friends for a drink or for a swim, you'll love the social life at The Redwoods.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

VIVA Barrhaven  

275 Tartan Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K7A 6A9

Ottawa's newest all-inclusive retirement community simply includes more! From a saltwater pool to an incredible golf simulator, our impressive amenities are only matched by our commitment to exceptional care & service.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

These senior living communities are just outside of Ottawa

Waterside - A VIVA Retirement Community  

105 McNeely Avenue, Carleton Place, Ontario, K7C 0A1

Waterside, A V!VA Retirement Community, offers Community Members a wide selection of amenities including fine dining, saltwater pool, fitness studios, big-screen movie theatre, pub and so much more!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

Carleton Place Terrace by Symphony  

6 Arthur Street, Carleton Place, Ontario, K7C 4S4

We offer a truly all inclusive plan. We welcome pets: offer residents accommodation options .Our array of activities & chef-prepared meals keep our residents healthy & active. Offering beautiful outdoor spaces to enjoy.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Make the move into independent living!

Independent senior living is a whole new world. And it keeps getting better. Many who make this move come to the realization that it makes their entire lives better.

Here’s a look at the advantages of moving into an independent living community in Ottawa, including some things you might not have considered.

Living alone vs. living in community

In independent living retirement communities, there’s always someone to talk with right outside the door, as people say so often. Another refrain you will hear (and join in with) is, “There’s so much to do here.” Activity calendars in these communities get people together in a slate of fun activities that includes things to do, both within the community and outside.

One of the most acclaimed things about retirement homes is eating together with peers. This is often a time of humour, sharing, and simply great conversation. It’s like going out to dinner with friends every day. For many, dinner time recalls the days when they sat around the table with their own families. Leave loneliness, behind and join in the joy.

Freedom from chores

When you live in your own home, life can seem like one chore after another. Leave all those things behind. People are often amazed by how much fun you can have with all that extra time. In a senior living retirement community, “independence” comes in many different forms, some you might not have anticipated.


Many independent living retirement communities in Ottawa Region and area serve up five-star dining every night. Communities have onsite pubs and cafes that make eating a varied pleasure again. Swimming pools and exercise rooms are great places to meet up with friends and get moving together! Other features you can find in retirement homes might include a golf course, indoor putting green, onsite bistro, full-featured movie theatre, saltwater pool, hot tub or golf simulator … look around and be amazed!

Not every retirement home in Ottawa comes with those features, and you might feel some of them are extravagant. But you deserve it! When costs are shared by everyone, those features make life very pleasant for all.

Move into a brightly lit, updated space

Independent living retirement homes listed above are regularly updated. Many times, seniors hang onto a traditional family home long after its main features — bedrooms, living space, family neighbourhood, etc. — have outlived their relevance. If your home was built to standards from the 1960’s or earlier, it may have unnecessary hazards, like narrow hallways, steep stairs or an exterior porch prone to icing over. Suburban homes are not designed with the needs of seniors in mind Retirement communities are designed with wide open hallways, copious lighting, accessibility bars, and many other features that make them so much easier to get around in than your current home.

Take a full look at the pros and cons of independent living retirement homes. Before you choose a community, read our complete guide to finding the right retirement home.

Costs of independent living suites in Ottawa

Here’s a quick survey of the costs of independent living suites in a variety of Ottawa Region locations. Remember that many of these communities offer a full slate of activities and feature superb amenities. The monthly cost is an umbrella for all living costs (covering everything from food to taxes to maintenance and everything in between).

This table gives you a broad range, only. Not all suite sizes are included per location or area of the city. Check the listings above for details about different rates charged by communities.


Suite type


Cost/mo (starting)

Carleton Place

1 bedroom

542 sq. feet



1 bedroom

444 sq. feet



1 bedroom

480 sq. feet


Fisher Glen

2 bedroom

924 sq feet


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