Berwick by the Sea Reviews

Berwick by the Sea 1353 16th Ave., Campbell River,, British Columbia, V9W 0C4


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Winner of multiple building and design awards, Berwick Campbell River has one of the most breathtaking locations we’ve ever seen, overlooking the Strait of Georgia. It’s a special place that, to our minds, immediately leaps onto a short list of the very best retirement communities in all of Canada. For seniors anywhere in the country who’ve been exposed to the beauty of BC and want to retire in “the most beautiful place on earth,” this place is worth taking a closer look at.


On the basis of the building and its location, alone, it feels like a whole new definition of beautiful. Aside from that, superlative aspects of this community are still hard to cover in a review. Since we can’t squeeze it all in, we’ll offer some of the bigger highlights for us. The starting rate’s affordability is striking. The amenities will remind you of the very best resort you’ve ever been to. Chef-prepared meals are a cornucopia of gustatory pleasure. The lifestyle and activities here are fulfilling and engaging. Suites are spacious and (did we mention?) very affordable, especially considering the location. The Tyee Lounge is one of its kind, featuring a panoramic view of the ocean as you lounge with friends beside a lit fireplace. The Berwick Theatre shows everything from great movies to sporting events. Surrounded by this environment, people find their enthusiasm for life revitalized. (That may be one reason exercise classes here are so well-attended.)

Berwick By the Sea is found in the centre of Canada’s only Mediterranean climate, where some January days you can walk outside without a coat. The location seems to infuse people with a calmness and a joy in living that you’ll find palpable when you take a tour, and you’ll likely witness that the moment you set foot in the door. We’ve heard a few people living here who openly enthuse about “loving all of the people here.” Staff here wear their commitment on their sleeves, and they openly adore working with seniors. Residents who come here do not want to leave, ever.

  • Independent living
  • Assisted living

  •   $2,705 per month

  •   129 suites

What people say about Berwick by the Sea


When I came here I had a feeling that fills you with calmness and love. I went back and talked to my family and said, “That’s where I want to be.” And I haven’t been sorry for one day.
—Norma Robson, resident

It’s difficult to give up your home but this is a better home for me than my own home was. My children are so happy that I’m here. My daughter says, ‘Mom, I’m going to move in there, too.’
—Name withheld for privacy's sake, resident

From the first day, we felt like we were being welcomed to a family. That sounds like a cliche but I really did feel that.
—Name withheld for privacy's sake, resident

We interviewed a half dozen friends here and [asked] each one of them to tell me something unfavorable about [life here] and they had a big struggle to find anything.
—Roger, resident

We have a lot of friends who want to be here. The business ethic, the responsibility, the work that Berwick and the Benfords have done to maintain a reputation within the community [is] bar none. It’s why they win [all] the awards.
—Helen Ayers, resident

This is a brand new facility for seniors wanting an upscale place to live but with minimal care. There is everything my dad could ask for as far as entertainment and they are always going out on tours. The ocean views are spectacular and the meals for the residents are excellent. We have gone with the whole family on many occasions and there is two great places for him to host us.
—Kent Reesor, family member

Excellent for people to retire. Everybody, staff and employees, are very friendly and all the residents like [it]. Actually one has to like it because there is nothing to complain [about]. The rooms are like in a better hotel with balconies and in excellent condition… All I can say is, I highly recommend it for people who look for a place to retire and live a good life without any stress.
—Heinz Munz, resident

More about this community

  • Winner of the 2015 Vancouver Island Care Awards Gold Award for Project of the Year, Best Outdoor Living Space, and Best Landscape, as well as the Georgie Award for Best Landscaping Multi-family.
  • Berwick Retirement’s Enhanced Living Services™ are a set of predefined supportive living services that include assistance with dressing, personal care, laundry assistance, housekeeping, coordination with outside health agencies, escorts to appointments, and more.
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