The Creekside Senior Estates Co-operative is a small community of senior adults living in St. Davids (Niagara-on-the-Lake), Ontario, Canada. This community has been a co-op since 2005, when 44 homeowners bought shares and purchased the property from the original owners to preserve their homes and keep developers from buying the land and forcing the renters out. With more than 75 homeowners as shareholders in their community, all residents benefit from the increased security of having the property owners and managers living as residents themselves. Details of the purchase are described in this article in Niagara This Week.
The community provides lots for affordable, one- and two-bedroom homes. Taxes are low, and the smaller homes are inexpensive to heat and cool. With 127 homes, the community is nearing its capacity.
The Creekside Senior Estates Co-operative is nestled below the Niagara Escarpment and located near the orchards and vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula. This unique and active community is an ideal location for retirement. The community covers 17 acres, has mature trees, is traversed by a babbling stream, and is close to many of the area attractions and services. The beautiful surroundings do indeed make this location a jewel in the Niagara Peninsula.
A newly renovated Community Centre boasts a pool table, book- and DVD-lending library, games room, meeting room, and kitchen. Other amenities include a beautiful in-ground pool, a laundromat, a community store, a workshop, and Canada Post community mailboxes. There are many activities on the community calendar each month, many of which are organized by an active and involved social club. So there are lots of opportunities for entertainment, enrichment, simple camaraderie, and joining a team to maintain and improve the community.
Weekly activities include bingo, playing cards, dominoes, community work parties, 50/50 draws, and gardening sessions. A daily happy hour gathering gives everyone a chance to enjoy the company of their fellow residents. Several larger events are planned monthly and often include a community breakfast, potluck supper, movie night, town hall meeting, craft workshops, or a duck race down Four Mile Creek.
A monthly newsletter gives all residents messages from the Board and Social Club, and it offers details about the numerous planned activities.
In 2019, Creekside Senior Estates Co-op was honoured by the Town Council of Niagara-on-the-Lake and awarded the Peter J. Stokes Heritage Commendation for Maintenance. The award for the mature trees and gardens at 23 Four Mile Creek Road was presented to members of the Board and gardening team at a Special Heritage Council Meeting.