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The Lodge That Gives proved to be more than I had hoped for. It is a real community and a safe, warm environment. I will be forever grateful to have had The Lodge at this difficult time in my life.”

For more than 20 years, The Lodge That Gives has been a refuge for Nova Scotians traveling to Halifax for cancer treatment and appointments.

Daffodil Place will ensure more people are able to stay at The Lodge That Gives – a welcoming and supportive home-away- from-home for cancer patients and their families living more than 50km away from Halifax. This expansion will increase capacity, and includes more private and family bedrooms, a larger kitchen and dining room, an exercise room, dedicated computer space and quiet spaces for residents to find solitude.

For patients dealing with fear, separation from family and often invasive or painful treatment there is comfort at The Lodge. Here they find the company of others who know exactly how their day was; camaraderie is found in the shared laughter and experience; difficult realities are faced together.


  • rooms with private baths
  • family style kitchen with professional chef
  • outdoor patio
  • living room
  • TV room
  • laundry facilities
  • haircare including a complimentary wig service
  • web/email access
  • evening activities
  • support groups

Who Can Stay?

Cancer patients can stay at The Lodge That Gives and enjoy meals from a professional chef – thanks to the many donors of the Canadian Cancer Society. A family member and/or support person is invited to stay at a low daily rate. There is no charge for the parent or guardian of a child or escort of a transplant patient staying at The Lodge.

Financial Considerations

For many people living outside of Halifax, the financial consideration of meals and a place to stay while in Halifax during treatment can be oppressive. Not only are these trips challenging both physically and emotionally, they involve substantial costs for patients and their families at a time when they are suffering a significant or complete loss of income. Cancer is a diagnosis that affects the entire family. Family members often say that a tremendous amount of their stress has been lifted because they know that their loved one is being well cared for and content at The Lodge.

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By the Numbers

  • Annually, more than 1,400 cancer patients and their families call The Lodge their home away from home
  • Since 1990, The Lodge has offered more than 184,000 overnight stays and served over 540,000 meals to residents

"The Lodge is a home away from home for me. My anxiety level drops once I get settled in. I feel as though I’m not alone, as everyone is here for the same reason. The Lodge is part of my treatment as I feel so supported and relaxed here."

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