Move Seniors Lovingly – York Region

Chartwell Barton – Featured Retirement Residence (November 2022)

Chartwell Barton Retirement Residence // by Mackensey Phibbs

Location: 17290 Leslie St, Newmarket, Ontario

Chartwell Barton Retirement Residence, featured Image
Exterior of the Residence: Photo Courtesy of Google Images


When I first walked through the doors at Chartwell Barton Retirement Residence, it felt incredibly cozy and familiar. It felt like returning to a favourite family member’s home: comforting.

Lobby area and seating space
Lobby area and seating space.
The first thing you will notice once you’re inside is the beautiful vestibule lobby space; welcoming and open with high ceilings and bright, lofty windows. The entrance faces East, which provides gorgeous sunshine all morning long. The lobby is set up with lots of comfortable seating, arranged to promote socialization, an inviting fireplace, which looked like the perfect spot to cozy up and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, and a gorgeous piano where live music could be played for the residents! On my visit the lobby was perfectly decorated for Halloween.

Photo of Joelle Hawley (left) and Catherine Locke (right).

Photo of Joelle Hawley (left) and Catherine Locke (right).
Some of the friendly faces you can expect to see while here are Joelle Hawley and Catherine Locke. Joelle is the Retirement Living Consultant and Catherine is the General Manager and together, along with the rest of the Barton staff team, they ensure residents have plenty to do, are enjoying themselves, and are especially well taken care of.

With only 82 suites, the Barton is an incredibly tight-knit community. This intimate setting is well laid out offering an easy flow and warm atmosphere. Joelle and Catherine believe working in a home like this allows each and every resident to get the level of personal care they need, they named it “independent supportive living.” The Barton can offer many care and support services Chartwell calls, The Care Assist Program, which offers both a la carte services as well as some bundled care. Longevity is extremely important at Chartwell, this is your home, you should be able to age in place.

Model Suite
Model Suite
A day in the life at Chartwell Barton Retirement Residence offers both structure and routine for those who want it and flexibility for those who don’t.

Movie Theatre
Movie Theatre
Residents can enjoy catching up together over meals served three times a day in the spacious dining room. They may also choose to partake in several other activities that are offered throughout the day. Just an example of some enticing weekly activities include bingo, trivia, exercise classes, sing-a-longs, and movies. You can also join a social club like knitting. There is never a dull moment here; between the lively lobby and social activities, the movie theatre, hairdresser, and well-appointed library, there certainly is something for everyone.

If there isn’t already enough happening right here, you will find it is conveniently located across from a modern plaza, which includes many amenities, for example, a grocery store, a pub, a hair salon, and more! The Barton has a bus that runs twice a week taking residents on outings, which may include shopping in the community, visiting a museum or a trip to the casino! Most recently the residents enjoyed a trip to the aquarium. Seasonally they also offer other scenic outings or drives, which is a great way to see the leaves in the fall or venture out around the Holiday’s to take in the winter displays and festive lights.

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When I asked Joelle and Catherine what makes Chartwell Barton Retirement Residence so unique, they both stated the wonderful staff and the special residents who live there. Catherine said, “When you find the right group of people to work with and then you fall in love with the people who live here, you just really hit your stride and that's when you can provide a really great experience for everybody; not just the residents but the family members and the people you’re working with.” Joelle added, “When I came here, from the very first time I came in, I just felt like there was this feeling–I don’t know the exact word but, it was a special feeling, like this felt like the right place.”  My experience at Chartwell Barton Retirement Residence made me truly feel at home, enjoying precious time spent with family and friends under one welcoming roof. For more information on Chartwell Barton Retirement Residence please call 289-366- 3688 or visit

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