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THE COMFORT LIFE REPORT:Retirement Suites By The Lake 

2121 Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1N 1T5
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Lifestyle options:
Independent Living
Guest stays available, Respite care available, Private home-care allowed
Cost (from):
92 suites (Studio, 1-bed, 2-bed)
92 residents

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Our Perspective

How we see Retirement Suites By The Lake

A very modern facility conveniently close enough to the heart of Toronto but situated most closely to Scarborough Bluffs. With a smaller number of suites than some other residences, it creates a close-knit community. The Bluffs are one of the best natural settings in the entire GTA, with spectacular views of Lake Ontario., and there's also Scarborough Heights Park and the spectacular flora of Rosetta McClain Park.

Living at the Suites, you can choose to partake of "just enough" activities, as listed on the calendar. There are shared activities ranging from crafts to board games to just sitting out on the patio in summer, chatting with friends. That atmosphere is casual, though, and if you want to spend time reading or watching Netflix in your suite, you can do that, too. Suites are all spacious private units.

Delicious meals are served in the bistro, with table service available, as well as consideration of special diets. Care on hand includes a 24 hour call system, and all housekeeping needs are taken care of for you. The Wellness Department works closely with residents to tailor care to individual requirements. Activities range from regular arts and crafts time to special events like a Christmas Bazaar. The location of the home makes it very appealing for family of all ages to stop in and visit. It's an exceptional retirement home with heart!

Community’s Perspective

How Retirement Suites By The Lake sees itself

Who are you as a community?

Retirement Suites By The Lake is located in the Scarborough Bluffs community near the beautifully landscaped Rosetta McClain Gardens. We have been the number one choice in the Beaches, Cliffcrest, The Guild and Cliffside for over 12 years. Residents can feel safe knowing our Wellness centre is staffed and assistance is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Weekly housekeeping is included and consists of weekly cleaning and Linen service. Residents enjoy meals served in our beautiful Dinning Room. We offer services including portering, medication administration, bathing and one person transfers. Our Monthly Activity Calendar is posted on our website; keeping safe and connected while Celebrating Life's Journey.

  • Opened in: 2005
  • Ownership: Private. A member of LEV Senior Living
  • Languages Spoken: English

What do you do differently or uniquely well?

Retirement Suites By The Lake feels like Home. It is a place to feel connected and inspired to make new friends, and find new interests. We are located one block from Rosetta McClain Rose Park which offers extensive paved walking paths surrounded by rose gardens, water features, trees, and flower gardens. For those seeking access to the outdoors and greenspace, you will find this a little piece of heaven with a bench just for you to sit and enjoy.

What supports do you offer residents as they adjust to life there?

We understand any transition can feel overwhelming, we are here to help. Our Team will work with you and your family to make the transition into our community smooth and seamless. We are able provide referrals with proven community partners to assist with downsizing, moving and complete Suites set up. Our team will be with you each step of the way as you settle in. Our Chef will welcome you into our Dining Room and ensure you enjoy your meals while our Dietary, Housekeeping and Recreation staff work together to make you feel welcome and comfortable.

How are residents supported if their needs change?

Retirement Suites By The Lake has not responded to this question yet.

Under what conditions would you advise someone against choosing your community?

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What might residents find surprising about your community?

We are very proud of the community we have built at Retirement Suites By The Lake, our community feels like home and residents often share how quickly they feel confident they made the "right" decision. Reasons for exceeding expectations often include the comfort of making new social connections, enjoyment of our wide variety of recreation and social events, and the clarity of having made the right decision to making them feel safe. Many are simply thrilled to have delicious meals prepared by our Chef and then not to have to do the dishes !

How will your community change in the next five years?

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What five facts about your community should people know?

Strong community connection.
Long standing fixture in the Beaches, Cliffcrest, and Cliffside communities.

Familiar faces, friendly faces.
This building is home to people- it feels cosy, it feels comfortable. Living here gives you the opportunity to have coffee with an old friend every day of the week.

You Deserve This.
Beautiful suites with crown mouldings, wainscoting, high ceilings, and beautiful large windows.

Dedicated staff to ensure you feel confident.
Services which are flexible and adaptable. Feel confident we offer services which support Aging in Place.

Pet Friendly.
We understand our pets are family and we welcome them to join.
Let us take care of the chores so you can enjoy more time going on walks together.

Insider Perspectives

Reviews of Retirement Suites By The Lake

What residents and their loved ones say about Retirement Suites By The Lake in reviews.

Ellen Worling, senior

"Went for a tour today. Highly impressed with both Diane Shaddock, the Community Engagement Manager and the staff we met. Diane provided us with so much information to help in our decision process. She is kind and compassionate. She had suggestions on room location, ideas to help with transition and was a very positive person. We left feeling WOW! "

Aneisha Gooden, family member

"I was looking for a short term stay for my father who is undergoing knee surgery and although we ultimately decided to go somewhere closer to home, we still had an amazing experience with the staff. Diane gave us a tour and her energy was magnetic. She was so personable, funny, welcoming and enthusiastic. The other staff were also just as friendly and made this home a real joy to visit. Thanks to Scarborough Retirement Suites by the Lake, my family and I really enjoyed our visiting experience an..."

Susan Clancy, family member

"What a lovely homelike facility. The staff here work together like family and that vibe permeated all the interactions I had in making preparations for my mum to reside here for a respite stay. Despite the complications I encountered in completing the necessary requirements I felt supported in every step. Diane in particular made sure we had everything we needed, and her patient and kind guidance was so very appreciated at a stressful time. Cassandra was still helping me on the phone long after..."

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Lifestyle options

Independent Living (definition)
Cost from $3,600

Three meals a day are served in our beautiful Dining room by our trained Dietary Staff as well as our famous Social Tea and homemade cookies everyday at 3 pm. Leave the chores to us ! We have an amazing Team of Housekeepers who will wash your bedding and towels as well as vacuum, tidy your Suite once a week. Medication Administration is available and is an added at cost service.


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

Assistance with

  • Bathing (Extra fee)


Type Size
(sq ft)
Lifestyle CostCompanion fee Includes Contact
Studio 330 $3,600 (Rent) +$750 per month
  • Cable TV in room (included)
  • Call Bell System
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini-fridge
1-bed 430 $4,000 (Rent) +$750 per month
  • Cable TV in room (included)
  • Call Bell System
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini-fridge
2-bed 800 $5,550 (Rent) +$750 per month
  • Cable TV in room (included)
  • Call Bell System
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini-fridge
  • Type: Studio
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $3,600
  • Size: 330sq/ft
  • Companion fee: +$750
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (included)
    • Call Bell System
    • Kitchenette
    • Mini-fridge
  • Contact: email

  • Type: 1-bed
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $4,000
  • Size: 430sq/ft
  • Companion fee: +$750
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (included)
    • Call Bell System
    • Kitchenette
    • Mini-fridge
  • Contact: email

  • Type: 2-bed
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $5,550
  • Size: 800sq/ft
  • Companion fee: +$750
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (included)
    • Call Bell System
    • Kitchenette
    • Mini-fridge
  • Contact: email


We are very proud of our Dining Room here at Retirement Suites By The Lake; our goal is to make you feel comfortable and welcome in our community. Our Meals are prepared by our Chef with a focus on Field to Table using locally sourced produce and menu staples. Our Trained Dietary Staff always have a smile on their faces as the welcome our residents into our bright, open and spacious Dining Room. I hope you find yourself enjoying a coffee or tea in our Sit and Sip Coffee Shop which is open 24 hours a day. We also host Pub nights with entertainment, alcohol beverages are available.

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

Seating type : Assigned seating , Two Seatings

Special diets : Diabetic, Vegetarian

Amenities & Services

Residence Amenities & Services

Welcome to Retirement Suites By The Lake, this community is home to people- it feels cozy, it feels comfortable. Living here gives you the opportunity to have coffee with an old friend everyday of the week. Our helpful and friendly staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We want you to spend your time doing the things you want to be doing, let go of the chores ! We will take care of home maintenance and daily chores. We are so lucky to be beside Rosetta McClain Park, our residents enjoy strolling through their beautiful kept gardens while admiring clear views of Lake Ontario and the Scarborough Bluffs. Our Maintenance department provides rapid assistance with issues that arise in individual suites. We also have security cameras , personal emergency response systems and staff on site 24 hours a day to ensure your safety and security.

Arts and crafts
Community Garden
Emergency call system (pendent)
Emergency call system (pull-cord in room)
Fitness Studio
Games Room
Laundry machines
Mail box
Mail delivery to suite
Newspaper delivery available to suite
Newspapers delivered to concierge
Onsite foot care
Parking (outdoor)
Pet friendly
Private bus for outings, regular trips
Private dining room for family/friends
Spa/Beauty Salon
Wellness Center
Wheelchair (electric)
Wheelchair (scooter)
Wheelchair Accessible

Programs & Activities

Be as active and engaged as you choose to be at Retirement Suites By The Lake. Our full time Recreation Manager will work with our Residents to develop new and engaging programs that are designed to encourage engagement and independence. We have many community partners working with us to keep our programming on trend and relevant. Check out our Monthly Calendar on our Retirement Suites by The Lake Website

Arts and Crafts
Bible Classes
Brain Fitness
Card Games
Continued education
Day Trips
Exercise Program
Movie Nights
Resident social / activity club
Weekly Shopping Trips & Excursions

Staff & Care


Medical and other support staff
Registered Practical Nurses8 hrs/day
Personal Support Workers24 hrs/day
Doctorvisiting 2x/month
Health & Wellness Teamon call
Massage Therapistvisiting 1x/week
Foot care specialistvisiting 2x/week
Dentistvisiting 1x/month
Physiotherapistvisiting 5x/week

Number of care staff:

  • Daytime: 5
  • Weekends: 4
  • Nights: 3

Care services

Care options available:

  • Guest stays available (cost from $129)
  • Respite care available (cost from $129)
  • Private home-care allowed

Health Services:

  • Catheter care(with government assisted)
  • Medication charted by electronic pen(with government assisted)
  • Medication charted by exception(with government assisted)
  • Ostomy care(with government assisted)
  • Oxygen assistance(with government assisted)
  • Physically challenged residents(with government assisted)
  • Vitals monitoring(with special assistance)

Move-in requirements

Your Retirement Package should reflect who you are and what your current needs are. Services should be flexible and adaptable. We know that it is difficult to leave your home, but sometimes it's the best thing to do. Home is not just a place you live, but a place where you feel comfortable and understood. We will support you through our assessment process, We believe in Aging In Place, and will be here with you every step of the way. We promise to listen, we understand and we respond to our residents by offering tailored solutions to the specific need. Should there be another service your would like, please talk to us. We will do our very best to accommodate. Retirement Suites By The Lake is truly Celebrating Life's Journey.

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

COVID-19 Information

Retirement Suites By The Lake dedicated to the ongoing safety and security of all residents and team members. As such, we will continue to follow all directives and regulations provided by both the Government of Ontario and the appropriate regulatory authorities.

We will continue to screen and test residents, team members and visitors as directed and/or required.

* General Visitors will only be permitted at residences not currently in Outbreak Status and as directed. Please contact the residence directly to best understand current visiting guidelines.

Currently accepting move-ins. Request suite details.


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Getting around our Birch Cliff and Cliffside neighbourhoods is easy! There is a TTC bus stop right outside our door, Wheeltrans and taxi cabs currently transport many residents to and from their destinations and best of all - our shuttle bus runs several times throughout the month! When not driving to scheduled outings (theatre, casino, attractions, events etc.), our community bus will take residents to run errands in the area.

Retirement Suites By The Lake is located at 2121 Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1N 1T5.

What's nearby:

Scarborough Arts
St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral
St. Paul's United Church
St Theresa's Parish - Shrine of the Little Flower (Catholic)
Highway Gospel Church
St. Nicholas Birch Cliff Anglican Church
Scarborough Baptist Church
Fallingbrook Presbyterian Church
People's Worship Centre (Pentecostal)
Cedar Ridge Creative Centre - A variety of art courses for adults, including drawing, painting, folk art, weaving, pottery, and sculpture. Affiliated with the City of Toronto Culture Division.
Toronto Public Library - Taylor Memorial Library
Toronto Public Library - Cliffcrest Library
Rexall Pharma Plus
Shoppers Drug Mart
TTC Stop Number 4230 (Bus Route 12)
Variety Village -family-friendly fitness, sports and life skills facility
Dentonia Park Golf Course
Birchmount Community Centre (and Pool)
Eglinton Square
Cliffside Plaza - various stores, restaurants and services
Birchcliff Plaza - various stores, restaurants, and services
Cliffcrest Plaza - Various shops, including Service Ontario
Fox Theatre -Long-running, single-screen movie theatre with retro flair showing second-run & independent films.
Theatre Scarborough

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