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Livita Barrington Retirement Residence

450 Yonge Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4N 4E2
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Lifestyle options:
Independent Living
Respite care available, Private home-care allowed
Cost (from):
72 suites (Studio, 1-bed)
89 residents

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Our Perspective


When you first pull into the Livita Barrington, it feels like a drive into a secluded, well-maintained estate. The setting is peaceful and calming, next to a private school, in an area populated by mature trees. For people making a move later in life, if that setting feels welcoming, it’s merely the basis for the warm, friendly community that you’ll find here. This is a move into a new home that truly feels homey.

The comforting environment, only blocks away from Minet’s Point and Barrie Harbour, is just the first of several outstanding, unique characteristics of this community. We’ve heard from a number of families that the move into Livita Barrington was as smooth as possible for older loved ones who needed a change of address and found that the move here improved their lives. Staff here are renowned for their caring attitude. They clearly love their work, and take pride in helping those in their care. Seniors will be reminded of the work ethic, dedication, and compassion of yesteryear when they witness the diligence and kindness in action here.

The food, spacious suites, and the remarkable cleanliness are all sources of further delight, for both people in the community and their family members. Activities are well-attended, with happy participation from those in the community. Thanks to the warm setting and the caring community, the comfort of the transition only increases over time, as seniors here quickly grow to love their new home. It’s the kind of place that brings out the best in people, creating a great place to live in your later years.

Community’s Perspective

We asked Livita Barrington Retirement Residence to answer the following questions:

Who are you as a community?

Livita Barrington is a thriving retirement community located in the south of Barrie whose residents enjoy an atmosphere of country cottage charm complimented with personalized care. Guided by our philosophy that a balanced lifestyle is a better lifestyle, we are dedicated in providing programs and services that promote vibrant, healthy and fulfilled living. Residents don’t just live at Livita Barrington – they become members of nurturing and active senior community.

  • Opened in: 1999
  • Ownership: Private. A member of Livita
  • Languages Spoken: English

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Insider Perspectives

Reviews of Livita Barrington Retirement Residence

John Ball, family member
"The staff at Livita are over the top professional and kind to all the residents. Our dad has been a resident for a couple of years and calls his room "home". Meals are excellent and nutritious. Extra activities are frequent and enjoyable. We have a real comfort level that dad is in a retirement home that respects him and his his every need. "

Wilma Dekleyne, family member
"Livita Barrington has been such a welcoming retirement home for my Dad. They have gone above and beyond in making his adjustment to his new home. Last week we had a fantastic BBQ with lots of fun and games and music. We are very happy with everyone so friendly and caring."

Cathy Gilmore, family member
"On behalf of our Mother, Audrey Sanderson, we would like to thank all the staff at the Barrington for being so supportive to our Mom. It was a very trying time for her & us. All the staff went above & beyond helping her settle in. At times Mom could be challenging & even though she was confused, she was happy & you could hear her sing "The Old Gray Mare." The Barrington makes you feel at home & everyone does their part to see that you feel that way.... We would not hesitate to refer The Barringt..."

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Interview videos

Daughter of Resident

  • In this Perspective:
  • 00:50 - What level of care does your parent receive?
  • 01:24 - What do you appreciate most about Livita Retirement Residence?
  • 02:49 - What would you highlight about the social life, staff, facilities, and amenities?
  • 05:05 - How has your parent's life improved since moving?
  • 06:05 - How has your own life improved since your parent moved into Livita Retirement Residence?
  • 07:45 - What are the unique values of Livita Retirement Living?
  • 08:20 - What would you like to tell other families who are considering Livita Retirement Residence?
  • 09:28 - What made you originally choose Livita Retirement Residence?
  • 10:27 - What was your decision journey like?
  • 12:27 - What was the process like moving your parent into Livita Retirement Residence?
  • 13:06 - Do you have any advice for other families who are in the process of searching?
  • 13:49 - Would you do anything different if you were to go through the decision journey again?
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  • In this Perspective:
  • 00:50 - What made you choose this community?
  • 01:22 - What was your initial impression of this community?
  • 02:14 - How was the process of moving in?
  • 02:27 - How did this community make the transition easier?
  • 02:53 - What are the facilities like?
  • 04:00 - Is there an active social life?
  • 04:52 - When did you start to feel at home here?
  • 05:35 - What is your favourite thing to do here?
  • 05:36 - What can you tell other families who are considering this community?
  • 06:32 - What would you do differently if you had to start this process all over again?
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Testimonials and Stories

  • Birthday Party Celebrations!

    Our family would like to extend a ginormous thank you to both you and your staff for the great party you put together yesterday. The kindness and care your staff continue to provide, always exceeds our expectations. The way the Livita Barrington staff supports and encourages all the residents and includes everyone, truly creates a sense of ‘home’ so that this surprise party was a huge hit!! We enjoyed having lunch with Dad almost as much as watching and listening to the interactions between the staff and residents!


    Thank you again for all you did and arranged to make it such a great day for Dad, myself and all the Livita staff and residents.

    Dad was overwhelmed with your big hearts!



  • Why I love the Barrington : By N.J Conners

    1. The kind and helpful Staff
    2. The weekly Calendars for coming events
    3. The PATIO’s! the most popular being the one outside the Bistro
    4. FOOD- many choices if what is being offered does not appeal to you for health reasons
    6. We are provided a way to get help when needed
    7. A doctor to listen to our complains about our health
    8. There are trips, and events happening such as shopping, viewing of the fall leaves and beautiful rides
    9. Piano playing with sing a longs
    10. We are treated to concerts almost on a regular basis, and they are super!
    11. Supported shower once a week included!
    12. Our laundry is cleaned for us
    13. Things such as painting our nails is gratefully provided
    14. We are gently reminded to use our walkers ?
    15. The people at the desk are SUPERIOR!

  • Good and Happy Feelings here

    Thank you for making our days happy at the Barrington. When i go for my walk after lunch and we wave, i have a good happy feeling that I have a friend who will listen and help.

    Thank you so much!

    Resident 7/25/2022

  • Above and beyond! by Cathy Gilmore

    On behalf of our Mother, Audrey Sanderson, we would like to thank all the staff at the 

    Barrington for being so supportive to our Mom. It was a very trying time for her & us.

    All the staff went above & beyond helping her settle in.  At times Mom could be challenging

    & even though she was confused, she was happy & you could hear her sing "The Old Gray Mare."

    The Barrington makes you feel at home & everyone does their part to see that you feel that way.

    Special thanks goes out to Emily de Winter & her Leadership team--- Glenda Cowling, Joy Grenon,

    Amee Gapin, Colleen Switzer & Brad Southon.

    We would not hesitate to refer The Barrington to anyone.

    Thanks to all of you.

    Cathy Gilmour


  • I can't say enough about the staff by J. Hotham

    Mom had an amazing seven years at the Barrington. It is hard to find words to express our gratitude in the care mom received and the love from her Barrington family.

    Our mom lived at the Barrington for seven years until her passing.  The Livita Barrington is a lovely place to live.  A community within a community.  Their staff is kind, caring and compassionate. From Emily the G.M., whom is always open to talking to you. Joy and Christine meet you at the front desk and greet you like you are part of their family. Amee who provides amazing programming, Brad who makes sure that everything is ok. Glenda and her amazing team who took wonderful care of mom and guided us through mom's end of life journey.  I can't say enough about the staff.  Mom was safe, content and we knew that she was loved. We were appreciative of the level of care shown by all staff. Our mom was part of an amazing Barrington family. 

    Janine Hotham


  • Couldn’t be Happier by L. Bodrug

    My mother has been at the Barrington for almost 4 years ! She just loves it! I (we) family couldn’t be happier to know how well looked after she is. Emily the General Manger is top notch and has a wonderful team. Glenda the Nursing Manager goes above and beyond with her PSW team (glue to keeping all healthy ) the meals are healthy and and always a variety. Joy and Christine at the desk are always so happy and to assist in ANY issue. Amee the Activities Director is super, the energy and love she shares is unbelievable! The variety of entertainment and outings and crafts is super. She treats all the residents like there her own parents. I can’t say enough about the Barrington and the wonderful team!! Thank you! 

    Linda Bodrug


  • Love and Care by A. Carlisle

    ... One last thank you to you and your staff for all the love and care you have provided mom in the past couple of years you are all true professionals!

    A. Carlisle (son of resident)


  • Glad to live here! by Frances Barker

    At this time with COVID I would like to express how much gratitude for the admirable way you all “stepped up to the plate” to make a tough situation workable. You all put a smile on your face and yes I even heard a giggle here and there from the back of my room. So there will be no golden Emmys for you , only cheers and applause for such a job well done and let you know how glad I am I’ve chosen to live here.

    Frances Barker (Resident)


  • Truly a warm, comfortable place to live by J. Benjamin

    Livita Barrington has been a lifesaver for our family. We moved our mom to Livita back in 2020 after a hospitalization. She was unable to return home and Livita became her new HOME. It is truly a warm, comfortable place to live! She loved it! She sang praises about the staff, the food, and the accommodations.
    We lost mom earlier this year, but my dad has moved in now! He constantly talks about the staff at the Livita (kitchen, cleaning, maintenance, nursing, administration - EVERYONE!). He is treated with respect and kindness, is served great meals and his room is beautiful! ALL of his needs are being met! Livita has become a part of our family. We don’t have to worry about him living alone. There is always staff available if needed. During these crazy covid times our family feels blessed to know dad is living the best life he can and is happy! Thank you!!


  • I highly recommend this Retirement Home! by Sylvia Meadows

    I highly recommend this retirement home. The onboarding was fantastic. Such a caring team of professionals. Joy Grenon the Communications Mgr even came in on a Sunday to spend a few hours "bonding" with our Mom. The facility is spotless and the commitment from every team member to make the residents feel welcomed and at home is outstanding. A huge bonus was no 2 week lock-down was required because Mom has been given both vaccines. Such a relief to know she is in the best possible hands. 5+ Stars


  • A Great Place to call home by Leslie Gateau

    Great place for seniors to call home. Very happy with our choice and highly recommend it.



Lifestyle options

Independent Living (definition)
Cost from $3,220

Our Residents enjoy all of the comforts of home and more. With private suites and lovely amenity space residents have choice in how they wish to fill their days. Group and personalized programming, beautiful and safe walking grounds and a network of peers and team members allow everyone the opportunity to engage mind, body and spirit. Let us take care of your cooking, cleaning and daily maintenance, so you can socialize among your friends, caregivers and connect with family while experiencing the Barrington’s amenities including; • Movie Theatre • Activity Centre • Salon / Barber Shop • Library • Wellness Centre • Dining Room and Bistro • Spa


  • Designated dining area
  • Meals (3x/day)
  • Daily tidy (Extra fee)
  • Housekeeping (1x/week)
  • Medication administration

Assistance with

  • Bathing (1x/week)


Type Size
(sq ft)
Lifestyle CostCompanion fee Includes Contact
Studio 280 - 510 $3,220 - $4,700 (Rent) +$695 per month
  • Cable TV in room (included)
  • Call Bell System
  • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
1-bed 435 - 520 $4,450 - $4,900 (Rent) +$695 per month
  • Cable TV in room (included)
  • Call Bell System
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini-fridge
  • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
1-bed 435 - 520 $4,450 - $4,800 (Rent) +$695 per month
  • Cable TV in room (included)
  • Call Bell System
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini-fridge
  • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
  • Type: Studio
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $3,220 - $4,700
  • Size: 280sq/ft
  • Companion fee: +$695
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (included)
    • Call Bell System
    • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
  • Contact: email

  • Type: 1-bed
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $4,450 - $4,900
  • Size: 435sq/ft
  • Companion fee: +$695
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (included)
    • Call Bell System
    • Kitchenette
    • Mini-fridge
    • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
  • Contact: email

  • Type: 1-bed
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $4,450 - $4,800
  • Size: 435sq/ft
  • Companion fee: +$695
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (included)
    • Call Bell System
    • Kitchenette
    • Mini-fridge
    • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
  • Contact: email


Our culinary team is dedicated to serving fresh, hot and nutritionally balanced homemade meals. With 90% of our cooking from scratch, our home style meals are sure to please!

Meal service : Bar, Bistro: (daytime), Pub, Room Service (extra fee), Table service, Tray service in suite (extra fee)

Seating type : Assigned seating , Two Seatings

Special diets : Diabetic, Gluten Free, Lactose free, Low sodium

Amenities & Services

Residence Amenities & Services

Arts and crafts
Community Garden
Emergency call system (pendent)
Fitness Studio
Games Room
Hobby kitchen
Laundry machines
Mail box
Mail to concierge
Movie theatre
Newspapers delivered to concierge
On-site General Store
Onsite foot care
Parking (outdoor)
Party room
Pet friendly
Private dining room for family/friends
Recreation facilities onsite
Religious Services & Holiday Celebrations
Spa Services
Spa tub or shower room
Spa/Beauty Salon
Walking Path
Wellness Center
Wheelchair (scooter)
Wheelchair Accessible

Programs & Activities

Arts and Crafts
Assisted Walks/Trails
Billiards/Pool Tables
Bocce Ball
Brain Fitness
Card Games
Continued education
Day Trips
Exercise Program
Movie Nights
Religious & Holiday Services
Weekly Shopping Trips & Excursions

Staff & Care

General Manager's Message
Emily de Winter

Welcome to the Barrington! We look forward to meting you and helping you find a place that you will truly feel at home. Whether you are new to retirement living or making a bold change in your life we know that your decision will not be made lightly. Our dedicated team is here to help guide and support you in making the best decision that will match your needs. Community living is a different, but wondrous thing, and we look forward to helping you transition and embrace this new lifestyle.

At the Barrington you will have the opportunity to meet like minded people, you will develop friendships, and you will be well cared for by the team and your peers.

Our people are our heartbeat, and as you get to know them you will discover that the bricks and mortar of a home is secondary to the heart, Welcome home! Our heart is warm and beats strong with love and support!

In Health and Wellness

Emily de Winter


Medical and other support staff
Registered Practical Nurses8 hrs/day
Personal Support Workers24 hrs/day
Doctorvisiting 1x/week
Geriatric Pharmaciston call
Mobility Specialiston call
Foot care specialistvisiting 2x/month

Number of care staff:

  • Daytime: 2
  • Weekends: 2
  • Nights: 2

Care services

Care options available:

  • Respite care available (cost from $120)
  • Private home-care allowed

Health Services:

  • Medication charted by electronic pen(with special assistance)
  • Oxygen assistance(with special assistance)
  • Physically challenged residents(with special assistance)
  • Vitals monitoring(with special assistance)

Move-in requirements

We take the time to meet with every new resident to gain valuable knowledge of their unique needs and preferences. Our approachable Community Relations Manager will be with you every step of the way to guide you through all of the steps and introduce you to the entire Leadership team who will support your transition to your new home.

• Chest x-ray
• Medical form completed by family doctor
• Personal Interview
• TB test required

COVID-19 Information

Currently accepting move-ins. Request suite details.

Accreditation & Associations

Blog & News

Blog and recent news

Twas the Night Before Christmas- The Barrington Poem

by Livita Barrington Retirement Residence

Every wondered what a day in the life of a retirement home looks like? Take in this fun poem about the team at Christmas time to give you a feeling.

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Livita Barrington Retirement Residence is located at 450 Yonge Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4N 4E2.

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