Cairnsmore Place

Cairnsmore Place is located in Duncan.

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Access to subsidized residential care is coordinated by Island Health staff.

Please do not contact the Operator directly regarding subsidized residential care. For more information on subsidized residential care, contact an Island Health Community Health Services office near you.

For information on private residential care, please refer to the Seniors Housing Directory of BC.

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250 Cairnsmore St
Duncan, B.C. 
V9L 4H2


Island Health

Visiting Hours

No restrictions on visiting hours.

Accreditation Status

Accreditation Canada, April 2014 Report.

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Publicly Subsidized Units: 100
Private-Pay Units: 0

Building Description

An older building all on one level with three wings where most of the rooms are four-bed wards. The building itself is 3546 square meters. 

Building Amenities

Hair salon, tuck shop, outdoor courtyards, living room, private dining space, exercise room, bathing rooms.

Facility-Specific Restrictions

Personal effects policy in place, private TV not larger than 20 inches.

Neighbourhood/Community Amenities

Cairnsmore Place is in a quiet residential neighbourhood at the end of a cul de sac. The area around the building is fairly flat with lots of sidewalks and within walking distance to a small grocery store and an elementary school. The acute care hospital is approximately 0.5 km away.

Philosophy of Care

Island Health's Vision, Purpose and Values. Homelike, with safe competent ethical care.

Type of Accommodation

Private, semi private and four-bed rooms.


Residents pay up to 80% of their after tax income which covers the cost of food and accommodation.

Special Recreational Opportunities

Activity staff, seven days per week and one evening, who provide recreation/leisure programs to meet the physical, social, mental, spiritual and emotional needs of the residents. Examples are Fun and Fitness groups, crafts, flower arranging, manicures, baking/cooking, gardening, computers, guest speakers, special meals both in and out of the building. Large wheelchair accessible bus that takes residents shopping, to community events, picnics, etc. Special holidays and events are also celebrated. 

Pet Policy

As per Island Health policy. No pets live at Cairnsmore but families can bring well behaved pets, that have been vaccinated, on a leash, for a visit. Volunteers from St. John’s Pet Therapy Program also visit on a regular basis.

Smoking Policy

As a health care provider, Island Health has an obligation to promote good health practices. We are committed to ensuring a safe, healthy and clean environment for everyone.  

Smoking and vaping is not permitted on any Island Health property. This includes all buildings, grounds and parking lots. 

Residents have a designated smoking area.

Safety/Security Features

Fenced and gated. Sliding doors with push button not accessible to residents.

Prayer Room/Chaplain

Not available.


Parking is free but limited.

Visiting Information

During influenza season (typically December-March), to help protect patients from the flu, all visitors will be expected to wear a mask in our facilities if they have not had a flu shot. For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions and Influenza Protection Policy.

Provincial policy requires all visitors to be informed:  "Violence, foul language and abusive behaviours are not acceptable. Verbal threats or acts of violence will not be tolerated and may result in removal from this facility and/or prosecution."


Cowichan, Saanich Peninsula and Southern Gulf Islands