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West Vancouver’s Hollyburn House inspires engagement with robust activity program for optimum wellness
The Lighthouse Lounge at Hollyburn House.

When you think of a retirement community, your thoughts don't necessarily reflect the accoutrements of a stylish boutique hotel such as: chef-prepared meals, notable wine offerings, high tea, arts and culture programming, and engaging music performances.

Unless of course, you're thinking of the well-established and reputable Hollyburn House in West Vancouver, where retirement living is redefined and the amenities are what you might expect at a five-star resort.

The envy-worthy location is undeniable — from the nearby Centennial Seawalk that beckons you to stroll along its scenic route, to the walkable community, with services and amenities just steps outside its doors.

When the time is right for yourself and spouse or your senior loved one to begin a new chapter, the well-appointed, recently renovated spaces at Hollyburn House are cloaked in a cozy yet contemporary elegance, with lifestyle options to suit your present and future needs as they evolve.

Hollyburn is a smaller boutique-style retirement residence that provides its residents with a more intimate living environment. Whether you’re looking for independent living (with offered hospitality services), assisted living (including daily support, personal grooming, showering and medication assistance) or private residential care (such as help with your day-to-day activities), there's a continuum of unparalleled care, and a sense of community to empower and support you to live each day, exactly as you desire.

"Through dependable service and tailored care, our long-tenured staff provide peace of mind to residents and families, who will take comfort in knowing we can support a wide range of complex care needs, should it be required," says Nicole Shandler, lifestyle consultant, Hollyburn House.

Hollyburn House resident Joan with her original artwork. Photo via Hollyburn House

Enrichment program, dimensions of wellness

The team takes a holistic approach to ensure a full integration of wellbeing to keep you active in meaningful ways. "We guide our residents through engaging active living programming focused on the seven dimensions of wellness," explains Shandler.

"We provide a fulsome offering of physical, environmental, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social, and community engagement, which can be done in many ways; it's a very robust calendar with lots of opportunities."

For example, their Artful Enrichment program is offered several times a month in the open art studio. "I've got a great group of painters," Shandler boasts.

"Some of our residents have had pretty big careers and maybe didn't have a chance to pursue a hobby," reveals Shandler. "Painting is interpretation, your expression, it's something exciting and a wonderful creative outlet — it's therapeutic."

Last fall Hollyburn held an Art Crawl where residents displayed their art, including people's quilting. "We have some very established, life-long artists who had been working on or had completed their pieces," she recalls. "We had fabric artists, a pianist performing, as well as an in-house painter working on their piece. It was fantastic and we'll have another Art Crawl this fall." 

The Caulfeild Dining Room at Hollyburn House. Photo via Hollyburn House

Social wellness, special events

Did someone say Bond? James Bond. Yes, siree! Hollyburn is known to throw a fabulous theme event and this month's party is no exception. Ladies will be dolled up in gowns, and men decked out in their finest, even tuxes, for Shaken Not Stirred on June 20.

"I'm sure there'll be some sequins and some sparkles and maybe even some Dr. Nos," says Shandler. "The event will have a Casino Royale feel with happy hour, an outstanding dinner menu, plus a trio who will perform classics from all the Bond films."

It's just another example of how Hollyburn cultivates an atmosphere of joy and provides memorable moments for you to build relationships and make special memories with lasting friendships. It's one of many social dimensions that builds a sense of belonging.

Shandler encourages those interested in learning more about life at Hollyburn House to reach out and call: "Let's have a conversation and see if you want to come in and look around and start getting a plan in place. It will empower you — knowledge is power. And ultimately you want to stay in control of this."

"I'm happy to spend time with people, get to know who they are, let them get to know who we are, and see if we're a good fit for them."

For more information about your options or to book a conversation or a tour with a lifestyle consultant, call 604-922-7616, or visit