Abbeyfield Houses of Vancouver Society

Family-Style Living for Independent Seniors





Vancouver Abbeyfield Houses

There are two Vancouver Abbeyfield homes - the Heritage House and the Coach House - located in the Marpole community of Vancouver. The houses are located side by side at 1275 West 67th Avenue (on the corner of 67th Avenue and Hudson Street) close to shopping, buses and the Marpole Seniorsí Center.

The Heritage House, built in 1912 as a private residence, served at one time as the first childrenís hospital in Vancouver and was then converted to flats.  In the early 1990ís the house had been slated for demolition to make way for an apartment building, but the Marpole residents did not want to see a piece of their history disappear.  Their desire to retain the Heritage House coincided with the search for a property by the Abbeyfield Houses of Vancouver Society.

As the property was large enough for a second house, two houses were developed by the City of Vancouver, and both houses were opened September 1993.  The second house was named the Coach House.




Abbeyfield International

Abbeyfield began in the London Borough of Bermondsey in 1956. Its founder was Major Carr-Gomm, who resigned his commission in the Coldstream Guards to start a charity caring for lonely elderly in the East End of London.

Abbeyfield was the name of the street where the first volunteers met, and the name commemorates a large and charitable medieval abbey which had been dissolved by King Henry VIII some four hundred years earlier.

Abbeyfield Canada

Abbeyfield Houses Society of Canada was established in 1984.  The first House in Sidney, BC, was established in 1987.  There are currently 40 Canadian Societies and 25 Houses operating or under construction.  The National Head office is located in Toronto, Ontario.