Parksville, British Columbia

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Reviews of Berwick Parksville

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Berwick Retirement Communities is run by Gordon Denford and son Chris, visionaries who set out to up the standards for senior living and have succeeded very well with six other beautiful communities elsewhere on Vancouver Island, along with one in Kamloops. Parksville Berwick builds on that experience and tradition and takes things to a new level in Canada’s “retirement capital.” There are many exciting things to highlight and talk about here.

The exterior of Berwick Parksville itself is very contemporary, a design inspired by white sandy beaches. It also features copious outdoor space and a coffee shop nearby. The waters of the Strait of Georgia are visible straight down Weld Street.

Inside, though, you’ll find a lively community. Seniors here tend to be a little younger than usual. There’s something for everyone here, ranging from an art studio⁠—where residents can explore painting, clay or beading⁠—to a putting green. The indoor theatre is very large, complete with a stage and a green room. It helps the community extend well beyond the walls of the building. There are performances from local schools, speakers, and musicians.

People here treat this not as anything like a closing chapter but more as a new beginning. The lifestyle apparent here really brings senior living to a whole new level of luxury and lifestyle. The dining, too, is exceptional. There are no set dining times, so people can eat at their leisure. Fare is prepared by Red Seal executive chefs. It’s like a cruise ship on land⁠—minus the seasickness.

Finally, two things make Berwick Parksville truly great. One is the sixth floor rooftop patio, with 360-degree views of the ocean, the mountains and downtown Parksville. The other is the staff here who very obviously love people, and love to make a difference.

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Gregg McMillan, family member

My mom has just moved in there so will wait and see what her thoughts are on the new location. It's not quit finished yet but getting very close. Well thought out and planned from what I could see. First class retirement living for those who spent a lifetime working for this opportunity.

Robert Murray, family member

Fantastic staff. My grandma loves living here

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