A Community That

Stands Above the Rest

Canterbury-on-the-Lake, Waterford, MI

Nestled lakeside on 40 wooded acres designated as a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, Canterbury-on-the-Lake retirement community in Waterford, MI offers a wide variety of beautifully appointed residential options, a wealth of exceptional services and amenities, and a full calendar of fun, engaging activities.

As a continuing care rental community, we make aging in place simple. Residents have priority consideration for transferring to higher levels of care, so you can seamlessly transition from independent living to our on-site assisted living facilities, memory care assisted living for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias, long-term skilled nursing, and short-term rehabilitation as your health needs change.

Canterbury Supports Our Residents

Canterbury is a not-for-profit community. That means profits are reinvested and go directly back into our community for the benefit of our residents.

The history of Canterbury began back in 1855, when Matilda Caniff bequeathed $1,500 to St. Paul’s Church in Detroit. While our name has changed over the years, our mission remains steadfast. We are a faith-based community, guided by a rich tradition of respect for people of all faiths to provide the highest quality of housing and health care for today’s and tomorrow’s seniors.

Surrounding Area

Canterbury-on-the-Lake is located in Waterford, Michigan, a vibrant, active community in Oakland County just 35 minutes northwest of Detroit, close to both the Flint Bishop and Detroit Metro airports. Waterford is close to the scenic Clinton River and features 34 named lakes, which makes it a haven for boating and fishing enthusiasts. The township offers 860 acres of parkland spread over 19 individual parks, with lots of hiking trails and walking and biking paths. One of the reasons seniors love Waterford is its Golden Age Club, an organization dedicated to promoting healthy activities and recreation and sports events for persons 50 and over. You’ll also find a nice variety of dining, entertainment and retail venues close by too, including the Oakland County Farmer’s Market and the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills.

Community Site Map

Community Site Map


We’re committed to creating a strong culture and community for our residents, their families and our team.  We believe this commitment shines through in our mission, vision and values. 

Meet The Team

Meet The Board of Directors

Residents Love Canterbury (You Will Too!)