Nanaimo Seniors Village & Highgate

Luxurious Retirement Living in Nanaimo's Harbour City

Site Details

Phone: (250) 729-9524
Tours: (250) 760-2325
Fax: (250) 729-9647

6085 Uplands Drive
Nanaimo, BC
V9V 1T8

Site Highlights

Located in a quiet neighbourhood, near Woodgrove Shopping Centre and services, Nanaimo Seniors Village (NSV) provides a campus setting that offers something for everyone. This luxurious seniors’ community offers 150 private Residential Care rooms, 152 Assisted Living suites and 56 Independent suites in Highgate.

Set on seven acres where gardens and green space abound, community members enjoy a comfortable lifestyle.  NSV is able to offer seniors the possibility to ‘age in place’. This model is also ideal for couples, enabling them to stay together at the same site as their care needs change over the years.

Independent and Assisted Living (IL/AL)

Independent living (IL) is intended for self-sufficient people who are capable of directing their own lives. These tenants choose to be free of all the home management chores and prefer the convenience of services and security in a social atmosphere. Tenants direct their own lives, come and go as they please and participate in activities of their choosing within their NSV community. Services provided include a menu of optional fee-for-services from a base rate which include meals, housekeeping, and recreational opportunities.

Assisted living (AL) is the combination of housing, hospitality services and one or two personal assistance services, such as regular assistance with activities of daily living or medication services (referred to in Community Care and Assisted Living Act the as prescribed services). AL is ideal for tenants who wish to maintain their independence, knowing assistance is available when they need it. AL tenants need to be self-directing their care and mobile as defined by using a walker and/or wheelchair as long as they are able to transfer to a bed or chair. This option is ideal for couples as well as singles.

Housing options in IL/AL include:

  • Suites that are pleasantly decorated and consist of studios, one bedrooms, and two bedrooms.
  • Furnishings that include: kitchenettes with bar fridges, fixtures and curtains.
  • Bathrooms that are large and are configured for easy access with higher toilets, walk in showers and plenty of grab bars.
  • One-step emergency call bells are in every suite: living area and bathroom.
  • Some suites include mountain views or balconies.

AL/IL Amenities

  • A warm, elegant central dining room with two meals included (AL) every day.
  • Bistro gathering area, where tenants and guests can enjoy a beverage and snack with family or friends.
  • Lounges and outdoor areas offer gathering places or a quiet retreat.
    Library and internet lounge including WiFi in Common Areas (NSV Building only).
  • Multipurpose room that includes stove/oven access and family gathering space.
  • Bus trips and outings that provide access to their favourite shops as well as travel to unique locations and attractions.
  • A General Store for quick, on-site access to everyday staples, if needed.

IL/AL Entertainment and Activities

We provide the entertainment and activities, you decide how much you want to do. We welcome your involvement. Some entertainment and activities include

  • Musical entertainment
  • Movies
  • Fitness Classes
  • Billiards and pool
  • Gardening
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Bus Trips
  • Computer Education and games
  • Board, Card Games and Bingo
  • Discussion Groups and Trivia
  • Celebrations
  • Religious Services
  • Crafts

IL/AL Dining

An Executive Chef and their team provide fantastic food services at NSV. Everything from comfort food to elegant special event dinners provides the variety our tenants enjoy. We are always working to adapt menus based on tenant feedback and increase our use of fresh, local ingredients to provide you with the best dining experience possible.

Residential Care (RC)

Residents are cared for by a highly trained, professional and caring staff, in a safe and secure environment. To ensure intimate, home-like surroundings, each mini-community has 15 rooms and its own dining area. Rooms are tastefully decorated in soft colours with comfortable furnishings. Residents are encouraged to bring familiar belongings and decorations to create an atmosphere that is familiar to them and to their families.

RC Amenities

  • Beautifully appointed, furnished private rooms, each with 2 piece ensuite.
  • Dietician-planned meals (three meals daily plus snacks).
  • Specialized bathing facilities in each mini-community.
  • Lounges and outdoor areas.
  • In-community hair dresser.

RC Entertainment and Recreation

Our trained Recreation Staff is dedicated to making time spent at NSV quality time. We want our residents to be able to fill their days with worthwhile activities and entertainment, to the best of their ability. We encourage the participation of family and friends. We also respect our residents’ rights to dignity always, and privacy when they wish it.

We take every opportunity to celebrate special occasions: – birthdays, holidays, special days, the seasons, local events and anything else that might be happening.

A few of our activities include:

  • Music and music therapy
  • Games – bowling, bingo cards, board games, Wii
  • Crafts
  • Baking
  • Exercise  & Walking groups
  • Special occasion celebrations

RC Dining

NSV prides itself on its on-site cooking, including three meals and two snacks daily that are carefully planned by a certified dietician. Careful attention is paid to cultural and religious backgrounds of the residents when developing the meals offered.

Families and friends are actively encouraged to dine in the main dining room or be with their family in smaller, more intimate dining areas for those requiring help with meals.

What you need, when you need it

Our primary goal is to find what you need, when you need it. We will help you navigate the sometimes complicated world of seniors care and services. And, if we don’t have it at NSV, Retirement Concepts has other close-by options that may be right for you. Contact us today!


"Now I have time to enjoy life and make new friends, take part in the recreation and enjoy my meals in the dining room. I feel much more relaxed and I enjoy Kurt and I being back together again!"


My husband, Kurt, moved into the 24 hour care building of Nanaimo Seniors Village back in January of 2011. I was still maintaining our home and catching the bus back and forth to the Village to see Kurt every day when I made the decision to move to the Assisted Living building. I was tired of continually having to catch buses which required me to always be ‘on schedule’, having to maintain a home and always cooking meals for myself. It was the best decision I have made!

Now I can walk back and forth from Kurt’s suite to my own apartment as often as I like and at any time, without ever having to go out of doors as the buildings are connected and, quite often, Kurt comes to visit me and spend time in my suite.

Now I have time to enjoy life and make new friends, take part in the recreation and enjoy my meals in the dining room.

I feel much more relaxed and I enjoy Kurt and I being back together again!

"I like it here, it is like home but even better because we don’t have any work. We are happy and everyone seems to be happy and friendly. We play games and thoroughly enjoy ourselves."


I like it here, it is like home but even better because we don’t have any work.  We are happy and everyone seems to be happy and friendly.  We play games and thoroughly enjoy ourselves.

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