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Founded in 1982 on the southern shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia Beach, Westminster-Canterbury is a not-for-profit Life Plan retirement community sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia and the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia of the Presbyterian Church.The beachfront community is designed for active people age 62 and over.

The community is owned and operated by Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay a non-profit, non-stock corporation formed under Virginia laws. The campus consists of fifteen acres of prime coastal land that was once a Girl Scout camp on the Chesapeake Bay.

There are 442 independent living apartments between the East and West Towers and the Villas.

The Hoy Center at Westminster-Canterbury is ranked Five Star in overall quality and Five Star in every subcategory of the latest national quality ratings. Only four nursing centers out of 287 in Virginia have achieved this quality standard, and the Hoy Center at Westminster-Canterbury is the only center in Southside Hampton Roads to receive this distinction.

Historical Facts

  • March 29, 1982 - Westminster-Canterbury officially opened its doors to new residents with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
  • August 12, 2002 - The West Tower expansion is completed and a ceremony opens the new main entrance.
  • April 27, 2006 - The Health Care Center is renamed the Hoy Center and dedicated in memory of Harold C. “Hap” Hoy.

Our Philosophy

We are a faith-based organization created by the Episcopal and Presbyterian churches to serve older adults of all beliefs, their families, and the broader community.

Our Mission
Creating community to foster joy and well-being.

Our Values
We achieve excellence by giving and expecting:

Respect for each person

Passion for what we do

Professionalism in all we do

Westminster-Canterbury offers a variety of wellness opportunities. We harness the power of living in community so individuals are able to have a more active lifestyle and live longer. 

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This is the best possible place for us to be. Brenda Leonhirth Ladell, Resident

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