Whitby, Ontario

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Reviews of VIVA Whitby Shores

Gain exclusive insight into life at VIVA Whitby Shores. Comfort Life’s exclusive reviews and videos give you insider information from residents and their families.

Our perspective

Expect top-of-the-line luxury and comfort here, from spectacular external scenery to the spaciousness of your suite. Over its history, V!VA has been redefining what senior living means. This is another step forward. People in V!VA Communities expect — and receive — the very best, and that’s what you can expect here.

The most immediately striking thing about Whitby Shores is, of course, the vista of the Lake Ontario shorefront. There’s a waterfront park and yacht club here, and it’s safe to assume that this will entail an exciting life for residents. As indicated by the name of the company, you’ll find good living here.

One of the things you can look forward to is the variety of activities and interests you can indulge. One day to the next will be full of variety, happy surprises, and little moments of grace. The slate of activities here includes lectures, fitness classes, cooking demonstrations, wine-tasting events, and more. There are also outings to local shopping, the local race track, big league sports events, and art galleries or museums. V!VA makes every day as interesting as you want it to be. That means you can choose to head out with friends to the latest activity ... or maybe spend a quiet afternoon in your suite reading ... whatever you choose!

Video interviews

We interviewed families and/or residents via video conference, asking them probing questions about life at VIVA Whitby Shores. Get the behind-the-scenes information from those with direct experience.

Linda Warren, daughter of resident

Watch our interview with Linda Warren to learn about the unique experience offered by VIVA Whitby Shores.


More of what people say about this community

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Mark Williams, family member

Such a lovely retirement home and just a 3-minute walk to the drug store, coffee shop, bank, restaurants, and pet store. My friend's Mom receives excellent care there and is very comfortable. So nice to be close to the water.

Paul Nolan, family member

We cannot say enough positive comments that reflect the enthusiasm and care that each employee showed us... Mom is now in her 2nd month living at VIVA and she just loves it. We couldn’t be happier for her.

Debbie B., family member

Diana took my husband and myself for a tour of this Community. I was looking at it specifically for Assisted Living for my mother - although they do have a variety of care levels available. The building is beautiful inside and out. The resident rooms are bright and spacious as are any of the other areas throughout the residence. It had a resort type feel to it - bright and cheery. Ample parking is available, which isn't always the case. The fact that they have a nurse, on duty 24 hours a day is a great add. There is not one thing I did not like about this Retirement Community.

Catharine Wade, family member

My father is enjoying this residence immensely. The on-site care is very convenient. The staff are friendly and the food is good. They really care about the residents and their families. It's a great improvement on my dad's quality of life!

Susan Fissenden, family member

We moved my mother in November [2021]. The experience has exceeded our expectations. Everyone is greeted with a smile. The friendly and genuine attention displayed to my mother, and all “community members” is very special. The food is amazing (I have eaten there twice) with a wide variety of choices and daily features. This was definitely the right decision and fit for her. My mother has blossomed since her time at VIVA.

Julie, family member

My mother recently stayed in respite care at VIVA Whitby Shores following her knee replacement surgery. She was very pleased with her experience; the staff here are incredible!! From the moment we walked in, they were so warm & welcoming. And throughout her stay, the Wellness Team were quick to respond to her needs, help her move around her room, deliver ice for her cooling machine; whatever she needed was taken care of for her. I knew she was in good hands throughout her full 2 week stay, and to be honest, now that she’s back home she misses the service ... We would highly recommend VIVA Whitby Shores to friends & family.

Ross B., family member

My mother moved into Whitby Shores in June 2020. Given the Covid pandemic there were understandably a few restrictions but the staff have been tremendous at welcoming her and ensuring she settled in quickly. They are truly thoughtful and caring! ...If you are considering a retirement community I would highly recommend that you visit Viva Whitby Shores and give them an opportunity to introduce you to what they have to offer.

Tim Olson, family member

My parents moved into VIVA Whitby Shores in early March, just after they opened and just before the pandemic. Our experience thus far has been exceptional to say the least. The facility is beautiful, but the key to it being exceptional is the staff. They truly care about the residents and they obviously love their jobs. Their main concern during the pandemic has been the safety of everyone, but at the same time, making sure there were lots of activities and excitement to keep everyone occupied.

Linda Warren, family member

If you are looking for the perfect retirement community in Durham Region, look no further. Absolutely beautiful facility with well appointed suites and marvelous common areas, professional, supportive and compassionate staff, and exceptional lifestyle options.

My Mom has lived here since its opening... Common spaces [here] are gorgeous ... the food is restaurant quality under the direction of their creative executive chef and staff. The leadership team is thoughtful and kind.

The compassion, the loveliness of staff, the teamwork, and the camaraderie stands out for me. It seems that they always put my mom first… but they put everyone first! Everyone there feels like that. It’s just the right place for my mom!

Margaret Schmidt, resident

How wonderful lifestyles services are at Viva Whitby Shores, as I live here with my husband Art.

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