Our History

What is Arabella?

Arabella Retirement Living - About Us
Arabella Retirement Living - About Us
Arabella Retirement Living - Belleville

Arabella Retirement Living is an independent retirement living residence. We are a brand new retirement residence with a contemporary, free-flowing architectural design, inspired by the beauty of water. Locally-owned and operated, we have one main mission: to provide residents with a stress-free environment to enhance their quality of life, and live out the retirement they’ve always imagined. A lifestyle that promotes independence and comfort, in an atmosphere where friendships can flourish.

We offer an all-inclusive package for a monthly fee: meals, housekeeping, social activities, on-call physician, and most importantly the ability for residents to continue living the life they are used to  (with peace of mind knowing we are there with nursing/medical care if needed).

Singles, couples and pets are welcome!

Residents will experience a retirement on their own terms, but with structure, and while providing all the comforts of home without any of the hassle. We bring an entire community right to their doorstep through the lifestyle, activities and many amenities we offer. Our friendly staff members are ready to help out or answer any questions, and we have 24/7 on-call medical help in the case of an emergency.

A Little About Our History

Belleville (meaning “beautiful town” in French)  is located in southeastern Ontario, Canada, situated on the Bay of Quinte in Hastings County.

The site was first visited by French explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1615. It was Originally the site of an Anishinaabe (Mississauga) village in the 18th century known as Asukhknosk. Later on, after 1776, it was settled by loyalists from the United States. At that point it was named Meyers’ Creek for John Meyers, an early gristmill operator.

Elijah Wallbridge, a much-revered pioneer, moved from New York to Bennington, Vermont before immigrating to Canada in 1800, accompanied by his son William H. Shortly after, he bought two thousand acres of land in Ameliasburgh from a surveyor. This land was divided up into five farms of about 300 acres each and his children comfortably settled there by the year 1812. A further lot of five hundred acres he reserved for common pasturage, customary in the American colonies. These farms were the first proper homes of the Wallbridges in Upper Canada. As such, the Wallbridge family of that time were much sought-after in the area. They were admired for their high mental calibre, and for their wealth, land and business ventures.

Elijah Wallbridge was one of the principal citizens to petition the third lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, Francis Gore, to give a name of more prominent distinction to the growing village we now know as Belleville. In response to their petition, Governor Gore granted the area the name of Belleville, in honour of his wife, Lady Arabella Gore, in 1816.

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Arabella Retirement Living - Our History
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