Ball drumming on the beach offers Berwick residents exercise, arts, sunshine and fun!

Ball drumming on the beach offers Berwick residents exercise, arts, sunshine and fun!

A year in the life: Qualicum Beach retirement home turns 1!

Seniors celebrate with another impressive music video, pleasing thousands of internet fans

How did you celebrate your first birthday?

You may have gone to the beach or even hosted a toddler dance party… but you probably didn’t have champagne. For that kind of a first birthday celebration you need to consult the party experts at Berwick Qualicum Beach!

“It’s been a year since we welcomed our first residents, and we came up with a few creative ways to celebrate,” says Berwick’s Krysta Robins.

Two busloads of people and one load of beach balls rolled up to the Qualicum Beach waterfront for a flash mob, where an impressive gang of physically distanced seniors drummed a lively beat. Then it was back to the residence, where staff blasted dance music in the courtyard and the dance party continued on every suite balcony. At dinner they toasted Year One with champagne.

“It’s been a year of excitement, and even through this pandemic we’ve kept our residents safe, engaged and enjoying life!” Robins says.

Over 20,000 views for Berwick’s music videos

Berwick Qualicum Beach followed up its KISS music video with another internet sensation, “Nautical Nonsense,” and it’s already lifted the spirits of 21,000 viewers.

“It’s a wonderful example of the out-of-the-box fun we’re having, from six feet apart. Stay tuned for our next video, coming soon!”

Before COVID-19, Berwick Qualicum Beach developed intergenerational programming connecting elementary and high school students to residents, and those relationships have continued despite physical distancing.

“We shared stories, played games and hosted the Girl Guides pre-COVID, and we’ve adapted to Zoom calls and letter-writing to maintain those connections,” Robins says.

Berwick’s creative writing class is thriving, and this October residents will be releasing an anthology: Our Wild and Precious Lives: Collected Wisdom and Wit from the Heart of Berwick Qualicum Beach. Stay tuned for more details on the book launch!

You may run into Berwick’s walking group on the trails and along the waterfront, taking advantage of the perfect weather in Qualicum Beach. Be sure to say a distanced-hello! Berwick is passionate about supporting the community, with donations going to the SOS, Hospice, TOSH and the food bank over the past year. Residents and staff raised over $3000 for the Walk for Alzheimers, and are currently fundraising for the NIWRC.

“There’s always lots going on here, and we’re looking forward to many more years of celebrations!”

Move in today!

Berwick Qualicum Beach is a retirement community that provides meals, housekeeping and engaging programs for Independent Living and Enhanced Living Services. Studio, one bedroom and two bedroom suites are still available. Contact Krysta Robins for more information or to make an appointment for a tour by calling 250-738-6200 or emailing And don’t forget to follow Berwick Qualicum Beach on Facebook and Instagram for the next music video!



Berwick’s chef hands out tea and cookies to residents to celebrate Year One in Qualicum Beach!

Berwick’s chef hands out tea and cookies to residents to celebrate Year One in Qualicum Beach!

Cheers to year one! Berwick Qualicum Beach residents have a lot to celebrate after a year in Qualicum Beach.

Cheers to year one! Berwick Qualicum Beach residents have a lot to celebrate after a year in Qualicum Beach.

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