Our Family & History

Parkland is a family-owned business whose unparalleled service excellence is inspired by community pride and Maritime hospitality. This passion began with our Founder, Joseph Shannon, who was inspired to give back to the community by purchasing a nursing home in his home town of Sydney, N.S., in order to improve local seniors’ living options and ensure continued employment for its workers. This placed the Shannon family on a path of creating best-in-class services and accommodations beginning in their own community and growing across Canada. Mr. Shannon’s vision lives on within the company and reflects its humble roots and continued dedication to community.

Parkland’s History

Parkland Clayton Park
Parkland Clayton Park


Shannex establishes the Parkland Retirement Living brand with the opening of Parkland Clayton Park in Halifax, Nova Scotia

The organization expands to New Brunswick with the addition of Royal Court in Riverview


Caritas Residence welcomes the Sisters of Charity to their new home in Halifax

Parkland at the Lakes in Dartmouth opens with a full continuum of services for residents of varying levels of independence

Parkland at the Lakes
Parkland at the Lakes
Parkland Cape Breton
Parkland Cape Breton


Shannex returns to its roots in Cape Breton, opening Parkland Cape Breton in Sydney, Nova Scotia


Parkland at the Gardens opens in the heart of downtown Halifax

Parkland launches its signature Harmony Wellness program, designed to help residents take a holistic approach to health and wellness

Parkland at the Gardens
Parkland on the Glen
Parkland on the Glen


Parkland at the Lakes in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, expands with the opening of Kinross Hall and Lewis Hall

Operations continue to grow in New Brunswick with the opening of Parkland Saint John

Shannex expands into Ontario with the acquisition of Parkland on the Glen in Mississauga


Parkland Antigonish welcomes the Sisters of St. Martha to their new home

Lobby at Parkland Antigonish
Parkland Antigonish
Parkland on Eglinton West
Parkland on Eglinton West


Shannex opens Parkland on Eglinton West in Etobicoke, its first fully designed and built project in Ontario

Shannex expands in New Brunswick with the opening of Parkland on the River in Miramichi


Shannex opens Parkland Ajax, a premium lifestyle residence located in the heart of a diverse and vibrant Great Lakes community

Milestone Communities is now Parkland West Bedford – the fourth Parkland community in Metro Halifax.

Modern multi-story retirement home with large windows surrounded by green space
Parkland Ajax