Welcome to Canadian Senior Cohousing

Imagine an innovative elder culture that approaches looming issues in sustainability and health care in an entirely new way. Our aim is to provide the mutual support  to flourish, living in an optimal range of human functioning for the rest of our lives. Canadian Senior Cohousing combines the well-established international model of senior cohousing with new ideas for active aging here in Canada.

Recent Media on Senior Cohousing CBC broadcast an update about Harbourside on The Sunday Edition, June 10 2018. Click here to listen to an interview on cohousing and the future of real estate with cohousing developers  Raines Cohen (California Cohousing) and Canada’s Ronaye Matthew (Cohousing Development Consulting): https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/96451/co-housing-in-the-future-of-real-estate

Visit Harbourside Cohousing’s media page for links to recent coverage of that innovative community. Click here to hear a short 24 Feb 2016 interview about Saanich Peninsula Cohousing and Harbourside Cohousing on CBC radio’s All Points West. Here is a link to the CBC Sunday Edition documentary on Harbourside from 8 Nov 2015. In 2014 and 2105, these 3 articles appeared in Communities Magazine. Click here for the 2014 piece, and here for the 2015 articles.

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2 for 1 Tours in Sooke, BC – Visit Harbourside & West Wind Harbour Cohousing this spring

Tours are limited to 20 people. Email info@harbourside.ca to book your place for the next tour. Directions will be provided. There is no charge but a $10 donation is welcome.

Harboursiders enjoy the Globe & Mail photo shoot on the Common House deck overlooking Sooke Harbour. Photo by Chad Hipolito

On the fourth Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. visit, Harbourside, the cohousing community profiled in the Globe & Mail’s Arts & Books section on Saturday, March 9, 2019. See what the paper describes as the “shared amenities you might find in a strata of 150 or 200 units, all for the use of a smaller group” of just 31 households. Do you want housing that is “beautiful and more sustainable” than conventional housing? Do you want social connection and neighbours who care? Harbourside has no vacancy but its sister community, West Wind Harbour Cohousing, is seeking a few more members who answer “yes” to those questions. Come tour Harbourside and West Wind Harbour, see if cohousing is for you, and find out how to get involved before all the units are spoken for!

West Wind Harbour is under construction on the waterfront in earshot of Harbourside. The new, L-shaped building will include 34 waterfront units of compact, complete condo units and almost 7,000 sq ft of common amenity space. Included is a spacious dining and entertainment area overlooking the Sooke Harbour and Basin, exercise and crafts rooms, bicycle and personal storage, underground and surface parking, and a roof deck with expansive water and mountain views to the south, east and west. There is a wharf, storage for kayaks and canoes, and moorage for larger boats at the marina next door.

Just north of West Wind Harbour’s new building, the older home of the founding members offers additional common space – a workshop in the former garage, and in the gracious home several guest rooms, a library and kitchen and dining space for smaller gatherings. Visitors can view architectural drawings as well as plans and prices for the available units – 5 1 BR and 5 2BR, including all with dens. Then don safety gear (provided) to tour the site if conditions allow.

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