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THE COMFORT LIFE REPORT:Berwick Parksville 

180 Jensen Ave East, Parksville, British Columbia, V9P 0G9
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New Community Opened Apr, 2023

Lifestyle options:
Independent Living, Assisted Living
Guest stays available, Private home-care allowed
Cost (from):
$4,000
Suites:
189 suites (1-bed, 1-bed + den, 2-bed, 2-bed + den)

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Our Perspective

How we see Berwick Parksville

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.

Community’s Perspective

How Berwick Parksville sees itself

Who are you as a community?

Berwick Parksville offers a luxurious resort-style independent lifestyle set against the majestic beach backdrop of our stunning west coast. The state-of-the-art amenities will help you to live active longer and you’ll enjoy the complete freedom that independent living offers with the confidence and support of the Berwick legacy behind you. Bright, spacious floor plans offer large windows, balconies, kitchenettes, personal climate control, plenty of closet storage & stunning views.

What do you do differently or uniquely well?

Berwick offers a resort-style lifestyle in unparalleled locations throughout British Columbia. it's inspired senior living designed to empower independent seniors to thrive, stay active and engaged. Our resort-style amenities and services enable residents to age on their own terms. With multiple dining venues from restaurant-style dining rooms, a grab n' go Bistro and traditional English pubs offering seasonal menus and local wines, fitness centres with state-of-the-art equipment, many thoughtfully designed multipurpose spaces for more opportunities to engage with others or pursue interests on your own time, expansive suites with kitchenettes, and a robust wellness program all designed to help you maintain your independence.

What supports do you offer residents as they adjust to life there?

As advocates for seniors, we believe that by learning about their lives and interests, and helping them articulate their needs and wants, we can truly facilitate the transition from a situation that is not quite working anymore, whether to our community or elsewhere. In the event that one of these amazing people decides to call Berwick their home, we are then able to welcome them in a way that says, “This is home.”

What might residents find surprising about your community?

We are proud to be locally-owned and operated by father and son, Gordon and Chris Denford. From the opening of our very first retirement community, the Denford’s realized the importance of creating a warm and welcoming community that put the needs of our residents first. Gordon and Chris are actively involved in the development and operation of each unique location and their philosophy of accessible, approachable and effective listening allows Berwick to adapt quickly to the residents’ changing needs. Their openness and commitment to our residents can be felt in every aspect of life at all our Berwick’s.

What five facts about your community should people know?

- Our furthest resident that relocated to Berwick Parksville travelled over 5887 km from England
- BPV had the largest Hvac system on the island at time of build
- Topside is the highest and only rooftop patio and lounge in the oceanside area
- BPV is the first to provide extra recreation – Pickle ball, Putting green and studio
- To the surprise of one of our soon to be residents. His grandfather George Aldernon Fothergill has his art displayed in our games room which has been feature in Vanity Fair.

Insider Perspectives

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Reviews of Berwick Parksville

What residents and their loved ones say about Berwick Parksville in reviews.

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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Lifestyle

Lifestyle options

Independent Living (definition)
Cost from $4,000

At Berwick Parksville, we are constantly looking to redefine what active aging means for our residents. We respect your independence and will always provide the highest standard of professional service, delivered in a warm and friendly manner, to ensure you feel right at home. Our Independent Living offers an escape from the day-to-day chores of running a home, preparing meals and keeping up with housekeeping. Our extended recreational sports and extensive health and wellness programs provide endless opportunties to engage as little or as much as you choose. Take up a new sport, channel your inner artist, build new friendships or discover a new passion. When you choose Berwick Parksville, your all-inclusive seaside lifestyle includes your suite complete with heat, hydro, air-conditioning and classic cable TV and Internet. You will enjoy three delicious chef-prepared meals and snacks daily, weekly housekeeping and linen service to keep your home sparkling, full access to our active living programs, access to our transportation services including the Berwick Bus and Berwick Around Town (BAT) car, and our 24/7 emergency pendant monitoring ensures that you have security and support around the clock if you need it. Enhanced Living Services are here to help when you need some extra support to maintain your independence. We will work with you to schedule additional services, as and when you need them, to ensure that you remain independent and able to enjoy life to the fullest.

Includes

  • Meals (3x/day)
  • Daily tidy
  • Housekeeping (1x/week)
  • Medication administration (Extra fee)

Assistance with

  • Bathing (Extra fee)

Assisted Living (definition)
Cost from $4,000

Enhanced Living Services are here to help when you need some extra support to maintain your independence. We will work with you to schedule additional services, as and when you need them, to ensure that you remain independent and able to enjoy life to the fullest.

Includes

  • Meals (3x/day)
  • Daily tidy
  • Housekeeping (1x/week)
  • Medication administration (Extra fee)
  • Resident Reminders (Extra fee)

Assistance with

  • Bathing (Extra fee)
  • Dressing (Extra fee)

Suites

Type Size
(sq ft)
Lifestyle CostCompanion fee Includes Contact
1-bed 570 - 650 $4,350 (Rent) +$800 per month
  • Cable TV in room (included)
  • Call Bell System
  • Kitchenette
  • Patio/Balcony
  • Personal phone number in room (included)
  • Safe
1-bed + den 603 - 765 $5,400 (Rent) +$800 per month
  • Cable TV in room (included)
  • Kitchenette
  • Patio/Balcony
  • Personal phone number in room (included)
  • Safe
2-bed 850 - 950 $5,500 (Rent) +$800 per month
  • Cable TV in room (included)
  • Call Bell System
  • Kitchenette
  • Patio/Balcony
  • Personal phone number in room (included)
  • Safe
2-bed + den 1572 $9,440 (Rent) +$700 per month
  • Cable TV in room (included)
  • Call Bell System
  • Dishwasher
  • Fireplace
  • Insuite washer/dryer
  • Kitchen
  • Patio/Balcony
  • Personal phone number in room (included)
  • Safe
  • Stove
  • Type: 1-bed
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $4,350
  • Size: 570sq/ft
  • Companion fee: +$800
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (included)
    • Call Bell System
    • Kitchenette
    • Patio/Balcony
    • Personal phone number in room (included)
    • Safe
  • Contact: email

  • Type: 1-bed + den
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $5,400
  • Size: 603sq/ft
  • Companion fee: +$800
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (included)
    • Kitchenette
    • Patio/Balcony
    • Personal phone number in room (included)
    • Safe
  • Contact: email

  • Type: 2-bed
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $5,500
  • Size: 850sq/ft
  • Companion fee: +$800
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (included)
    • Call Bell System
    • Kitchenette
    • Patio/Balcony
    • Personal phone number in room (included)
    • Safe
  • Contact: email

  • Type: 2-bed + den
  • Ownership: Rent
  • Cost: $9,440
  • Size: 1572sq/ft
  • Companion fee: +$700
  • Details:
    • Cable TV in room (included)
    • Call Bell System
    • Dishwasher
    • Fireplace
    • Insuite washer/dryer
    • Kitchen
    • Patio/Balcony
    • Personal phone number in room (included)
    • Safe
    • Stove
  • Contact: email

Dining

We never underestimate the importance of delicious meals created with fresh, local ingredients, beautifully prepared and served. Our Red Seal chefs create menus that will not only tempt your taste buds and delight your senses but are also designed to provide optimum nutrition. At Berwick, we believe in supporting our local bakers and farmers to ensure that our meals are prepared with the highest quality local ingredients available. Our five different lunch and dinner meal options include flavourful homemade soups, fresh-baked bread, artfully seasoned entrées, delectable desserts and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are designed to provide lots of choices for all tastes. We know that you may prefer to eat a little differently each day to accommodate your schedule of activities and daily fluctuations to your appetite. That is why you will find no assigned seating at Berwick Parksville. Whether you choose to enjoy our full table service in the elegant dining room or informal self-serve in the bistro with its own unique menu, our flexible meal options are designed to accommodate you. Host a family affair or special occasion in our beautifully appointed private dining room. We never underestimate the importance of food service and dining options; that is The Berwick Way.

Meal service : Bistro: (daytime), Pub, Table service, Tray service in suite (included)

Seating type : Open seating

Special diets : Ethnic, Gluten Free, Low sodium, Vegetarian

Amenities & Services

Residence Amenities & Services

Berwick Parksville is a vibrant retirement community that makes senior living exceptional. Offering upscale amenities and a team of senior living experts to take care of every detail.

24-hr concierge
Billiards
Community Garden
Emergency call system (pendent)
Fitness Studio
Games Room
Internet
Laundry machines
Library
Mail box
Movie theatre
Parking (indoor)
Patio/Courtyard/BBQ
Pet friendly
Pond/Lake
Private bus for outings, regular trips
Private dining room for family/friends
Putting Green
Recreation facilities onsite
Religious Services & Holiday Celebrations
Walking Path
Wellness Center
Wheelchair Accessible

Programs & Activities

Pickle Ball Courts, Putting greens and a multipurpose lawn bowling green.

Arts and Crafts
Assisted Walks/Trails
Bible Classes
Billiards/Pool Tables
Bingo
Bocce Ball
Brain Fitness
Card Games
Continued education
Day Trips
Entertainment
Excursions
Exercise Program
Gardening
Golf
Movie Nights
Parties
Religious & Holiday Services
Resident social / activity club
Sewing
Theatre
Volunteering
Weekly Shopping Trips & Excursions

Staff & Care

General Manager's Message
Nick Lynch

On behalf of our entire team at Berwick Parksville, I invite you and your family to visit us in Parksville and to call on us for support and resources during this time of change. I am privileged to be part of this beautiful, seaside community and hope to make your visit enjoyable and meaningful. As advocates and counselors for seniors, we believe that by learning about their lives and interests, and helping them articulate their needs and wants, we can truly facilitate the transition from a situation that is not quite working anymore, whether to our community or elsewhere. In the event that one of these amazing people decides to call Berwick their home, we are then able to welcome them in a way that says, “This is home.” 

Staff

Medical and other support staff
Personal Support Workers
Foot care specialistvisiting
Physiotherapistvisiting

Care services

Care options available:

  • Guest stays available (cost from $125)
  • Private home-care allowed

Move-in requirements

• Personal Interview

COVID-19 Information

Berwick is absolutely committed to the safety of all residents and employees and monitors the COVID-19 situation with vigilance. We have taken the necessary steps to ensure our entire team is well-trained and has been proactively implementing provincial government health-and-safety protocols, while also providing both health and social supports to the residents and employees of Berwick. To keep our communities COVID-19 free, no stone has been left unturned. We have multiple layers of safety protocols and infrastructure in place to protect seniors and employees including enhanced and increased sanitization stations, mandatory face masks for employees, active pre-screening for visitors, amenities retrofitted with plexiglass barriers where appropriate. Berwick remains committed to creating safe, vibrant, independent, and healthy communities for residents.

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Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood

This incredibly picturesque location is known for its world-renowned events, amazing sandy beaches, hiking and small town charm. Berwick Parksville offers an unparalleled lifestyle close to the main shopping areas, unique boutique shops, restaurants and cafés, the library, banking, medical services and, of course, Parksville’s beachfront boardwalk. If you love living oceanside, watching breathtaking sunrises and sunsets and picturesque postcard views, Parksville is the perfect spot to call home.

Berwick Parksville is located at 180 Jensen Ave East, Parksville, British Columbia, V9P 0G9.


What's nearby:

Parksville
Parksville Senior Centre
Fairwinds Golf Club
Pheasant Glen Golf Resort
Parksville Community Park
Rathetrevor Beach Park
Milner Gardens

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