Berwick Royal Oak Reviews

4680 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria, British Columbia, V8Z 0B4


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Berwick is the name behind some of the most beautiful senior living buildings in British Columbia. Royal Oak, just outside of Victoria, is one more example of their finesse in turning senior living into a “Wow! experience.” From the stone construction exterior, to the multiplicity of dining options, to palatial suites, everything about this community speaks to Berwick’s emphasis on creating wonderful living experiences for our elders.


This is a place where you’ll feel like royalty. You leave behind all the inconveniences of home ownership or living alone, to move into a space where you’re treated with respect and compassion by staff, and the people around you are all at their absolute best thanks to the generously luxurious setting. This is like living in a luxury resort that you can call home. Throughout Royal Oak, you’ll see people who have evidently formed comfortable friendships. Care staff (senior living experts) tend closely to the seniors and you can witness an easy rapport between many staff members and those in their care.

Suites are notably spacious and luxurious. This really feels like creating a new home for yourself, comfortable, and bright, and including main floor walkouts, or upper floor suites with roomy balconies or bay windows. The full continuum of care (independent living to assisted to long term care) here makes it a welcoming place for couples who have varying needs, and a safe landing spot for those whose needs may increase in the future and who don’t want to move later.

Dining here is focused on health and choices, with meals prepared by a red seal chef, and the food … well it’s simply delicious. Residents dine in elegant style in the wonderful dining room, plus there’s outdoor dining. Along with those options, there’s an onsite pub (The Shield and Dragon), plus a bistro. This plethora of options is another way in which this feels like a palatial resort, a free space for seniors to meet friends, relax and live.

  • Independent living
  • Assisted living
  • Long-term care

  •   $4,040 per month

  •   229 suites

What people say about Berwick Royal Oak


My Mother in law is here. Great place, staff and care!
—Dave Clark, family member

Outstanding facilities, gardens, activities, menu, staff and management. Close to shopping malls, Commonwealth Place, public library, forest trails, bus south to downtown, or north to Ferry or Sydney.
—George Fraser, resident

Mom moved into her suite at Berwick Royal Oak in June 2021 and she loves living there. She had wanted to move for several years and finally did. She keeps telling me how content she is. The staff are outstanding she says, and I completely agree; the staff go above and beyond. Her suite has everything she needs and the community is bustling with activities and the food is very good. She was lucky to have friends already as residents when she moved in, and she has made many more in the last two mo
—Laura Reilly, resident

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Google review (Sept 2021)

Mom moved into her suite at Berwick Royal Oak in June 2021 and she loves living there. She had wanted to move for several years and finally did. She keeps telling me how content she is. The staff are outstanding she says, and I completely agree; the staff go above and beyond. Her suite has everything she needs and the community is bustling with activities and the food is very good. She was lucky to have friends already as residents when she moved in, and she has made many more in the last two months. I have peace of mind knowing she is safe, and mom has peace of mind as well. thank you Berwick Royal Oak!
—Laura Reilly, resident

Nearly three years ago my family and I visited the Berwick to see what it was like. I had been checking out places to call my next home. We all agreed that Berwick was it! During that visit, I found the staff very friendly and I was impressed with all the activities that were offered . I also liked that there was good variety of suites available. My move in 2021 was fairly smooth considering COVID 19. Even with downsizing . I have enough space in my suite for all my furniture and belongings. I
—Elsie C. , resident

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Thank you all who have made my move so enjoyable. (Google review from Sept 2021)

Nearly three years ago my family and I visited the Berwick to see what it was like. I had been checking out places to call my next home. We all agreed that Berwick was it! During that visit, I found the staff very friendly and I was impressed with all the activities that were offered . I also liked that there was good variety of suites available.
My move in 2021 was fairly smooth considering COVID 19. Even with downsizing . I have enough space in my suite for all my furniture and belongings.
I am still getting use to having my suite cleaned and vacuumed, my bed made and some laundry done. Every week a bubbly, happy, smiling cleaning lady shows up! I am now truly retired!
There are three places for dining and even a Pub for glass of wine or a pint of beer. Also if you want to take food up to your suite, you can go to the Bistro. There are always several choices on the menu. The servers in the dining area are friendly, helpful and kind. They joke and laugh with the residents, treating them like Grandparents or Aunts and Uncles. It is really lovely to see .
I suppose if you are a nitpicker, probably could find something not the same as it use to be. But I have seen the staff and residents working hard to keep everyone happy and safe. I am very happy that I made the choice to move to Berwick. It gets a 5 star rating from me.
—Elsie C. , resident

I equate our life at Berwick to being a step above living on a Cruise Ship and dry dock. It is the beautiful gardens that make the difference. The food, the staff, the management, all contribute to the comfort of our Life of Leisure.
—Marnie and Graham Scholes, resident

More about this community

  • Winner of The Times Colonist Readers Choice Award, and The Black Press Readers Choice Award
  • The beautifully landscaped gardens are often noted by seniors here.
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