Glacier View Lodge is the Comox Valley’s longest operating Long Term Care facility. It traces its roots to a 1946 initiative by the Women’s Institute of Northern Vancouver Island. At a meeting in Parksville, they passed a resolution that a “Home for Senior Citizens be established somewhere in the north end of the island, preferably the Comox Valley.”
Comments at the time were:
"If we can visualize in that beautiful setting the Home finished and being the nucleus from which cottages may be erected for aged couples who are able and wish to maintain their own home, and following that, with the complete support of the clubs, organizations and the public in general, a Nursing Home for the aged and infirm is a possibility.Mistakes of communities have been the lack of preparation for the future. Let us have a vision - a vision of ten, twenty, thirty or fifty years hence. Let us work for the present on a plan for the future."
Their dream was realized with the building of the original Glacier View Home (subsequently called Marsland House) which was home to 28 elderly Comox Valley pioneers.
Glacier View Lodge Society was incorporated in 1979. In 1982, the Society opened a new 75-bed long term care facility on adjacent property, and the original Home was closed. In 1991, the Lodge expanded, adding a 27-bed Special Care Unit with the express purpose of improving care to residents with dementia.
The Lodge also offers services to seniors living in the Comox Valley, and their caregivers, through the Adult Day Program, Community Bathing Program and Respite, or short term stays.
In 2000, the Marsland Society transferred the ownership of an additional 37 acres of land to the caretaking of the Glacier View Lodge Society.
Glacier View Lodge is a not for profit society and a registered charitable association. Revenue received through grants and donations support quality enhancement programs aimed to improve the lives of our residents and replace equipment. Please see our donation section to help us, help our residents and program clients.