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Cove Retirement Living

Mission Statement:

The Board and Staff of the Community Lodge Housing Society are committed to providing assisted living accommodations for our residents which offers excellence in healthcare, comfort, caring, supervision and love.  These elements are tied together with a belief that each resident is a special person worthy of our respect, courtesy and the primary purpose of our being here.


The Facilities:

The Community Lodge Housing Society constructed Williston House, a 32 unit Assisted Living seniors’ complex located on Churchill Drive adjacent to two of Sydney's main arterial roadways, King's Road and Alexandra Street and minutes from the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and downtown Sydney.  An above -ground sheltered and heated pathway connects Williston House to the Cove Guest Home.  The facility was constructed in 2000 and is named after Archie Williston, a Senior Board Member of the Cove. 

In October 2017 the Board announced the construction of a brand new 50 expansion named Rideout House, after long standing Chairman of the Board, Carl E. Rideout.  This new facility boasts its own state of the art working kitchen to prepare meals for both facilities.  The two building are joined together with a new grand entrance off Churchill Drive.  This new entrance will be connected to a hall – the Albert & Renne Dejeet Memorial Hall – which is also connected to St. Mark’s Chapel (under renovations).


What is Retirement Living?

Filling a Need: Retirement living is defined as a combination of housing, personalized support service and health care in a non-institutional setting.

This concept is designed to respond to the individual needs of seniors who require assistance with certain activities of daily living, but do not need the level of health care provided in a skilled long term facility.


The Future is Here!!

The Board of Directors of the Community Lodge Housing Society is very pleased to announce a new 50 unit expansion to the Williston House Assisted Living accommodation for our seniors with an approximate cost of $10 million dollars with the financing provided by Sydney Credit Union, Atlantic Central Credit Union and Joneljim Construction. 


Cape Breton Post Article on 50 unit expansion.

Construction is Complete!!

Carl E. Rideout House is here


For More Information or to request an application - contact Darren MacNeil, Administrator - (902) 270-3433.




Tracey from Recreation is hard at work with various entertainment!!


Thank You to the

Whitney Pier Youth Club

The Residents of Williston House were treated to a generous act of kindness by the Whitney Pier Youth Club  this year.  Our deck became a lot more colourful this spring when the Youth Club came by and planted a wonderful array of flowers that they also purchased and donated.  Below in the picture are part of the Youth Group who helped that day.  Thanks also to Margaret MacLeod, Senior Youth Worker. We will enjoy the fruits of your labour all summer.




Williston House Women

Celebrate 1yr Anniversary

of Giving and Sharing

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Monthly Rental includes:

2 meals/day - Breakfast and Dinner

                         (noon - Large Meal)

Housekeeping 1hour/week.

Heat and lights.

Laundry - Towels and Linen.

Secured building.

Access to Cove activities.

Free Parking.

Snow removal.

Apartment size appliances.

Licenced Practical Nurse - EVERYDAY                                                     - 7am-3pm

Oversized walk-in shower units.

Volunteer driven exercise program.

Volunteer driven entertainment.

Door to Door garbage pick-up twice a week.

Radiant in-floor heat controlled by resident.


Monthly Rates: (as of Jan. 1, 2019)

Williston House

     • One Bedroom:                   $2415.00

     • Two Bedroom:                   $3450.00

     • Bed Sitting:                         $2095.00


Rideout House

     • One Bedroom:                   $2620.00

     • Deluxe One Bedroom:      $2720.00

     • Two Bedroom:                   $3650.00


Additional Services for Purchase:

  • Hairdressing Prices vary
  • Cable TV & Phone $110.00/ month
  • Full Tier Cable
  • HD TV
  • 1 Digital Receiver
  • Local Phone
  • All Features With Voice mail
  • Long Distance
  • WIFI internet
  • Emergency Call System $25.00/month



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For more information please contact:

     The Cove Retirement Living

     K. Darren MacNeil, BBA
     65 Churchill Drive
     Sydney, NS B1S 3N6

     Phone: 902-270-3433
     Fax:    902-270-3524

    email:  clhs@eastlink.ca

  Williston House Assisted LivingCove Guest Home Foundation

The Cove Guest Home is Re-defining the way seniors live!