About Arbutus Ridge
A Gated Seaside Community for Active Adults overlooking the Salish Sea on beautiful Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. It is located between Victoria and Nanaimo in the rich temperate climate of the Cowichan Valley, surrounded by protected beaches, glorious views and generous sunshine. With the adjacent Championship 18-hole Arbutus Ridge golf course, 24 / 7 staffed security services, tennis courts, marine facility and RV storage; Arbutus Ridge is one of Canada’s best retirement communities for active adults. This award winning ‘resort style’ community has more than 600 homes; each unique in regards to size, landscaping, view and all affordably priced. The charming Village Centre offers a heated swimming pool, craft and hobby rooms, library, special facilities for meetings, games and parties and a fitness centre. At Arbutus Ridge, you can golf in the morning, play tennis in the afternoon, swim before dinner and sail into the sunset - all without leaving the community.
With more than 30 clubs and organizations, finding ways to integrate with and contribute to your new community will be easy! Work out in the onsite fitness room or participate in the daily professionally instructed fitness programs. Perhaps you will prefer to join one of the diverse interest clubs such as Pilates, Tai Chi, Yoga, Aqua-Fit, Painting, Quilting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Woodworking, Book Club, Dancing, Investing, Wine Club, Bridge; to name just a few. There may be days when you will choose to attend one of the special lecture series presentations, or take a refreshing walk along the seashore or a hike in the local hills.
Arbutus Ridge is conveniently located within 15 – 60 minutes of all the major amenities; including hospitals, airports, ferries, shopping, banks, and restaurants. Travel to a major city centre such as Vancouver, B.C. or Seattle, Washington is an easy ferry ride, or 20 minutes by air.
Imagine escaping the cold winters of the Prairies and the muggy Eastern summers. The Cowichan Valley enjoys Canada's only "Mediterranean" climate and is noted to have Canada's warmest average year round temperature. The high average seasonal temperatures, along with the frequent number of sunshine days, offer a fertile environment for gardening, growing grapes, and produce sub-tropical vegetation seen in no other place in Canada. Contrary to popular belief, precipitation is minimal because the area is located in the rain shadow of mountains. Total annual precipitation is approximately 610 mm (24 inches) as recorded at the Victoria weather station, compared with 1,600 mm in Vancouver and 830 mm in Toronto.