The residents at the Gardens at Qualicum Beach enjoyed a recent wine and cheese tasting, with music by Sax Appeal.

The residents at the Gardens at Qualicum Beach enjoyed a recent wine and cheese tasting, with music by Sax Appeal.

Qualicum residents taste their way through a ‘global tour’

Residents at The Gardens at Qualicum Beach indulged a little wanderlust recently, enjoying the community’s first-ever wine and cheese tasting!

Savouring an array of wines from around the world, residents sipped their way to such memorable destinations as Italy, Australia and New Zealand.

Of course, not all the tasty travels were quite so far-flung. Our own homegrown Okanagan vintages also made welcome appearances.

With the wine paired with a variety of delicious cheeses and excellent entertainment from local band Sax Appeal, the tasting event may have been their first, but likely won’t be the last, notes Community Relations Manager Billy Jolicoeur.

“We brought the wine and cheese… the residents brought the good time!”

The recent wine and cheese tasting is just one example of the fun, social events local residents enjoy.

In March, everyone got festive with an Irish theme, with music, green beer and treats to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

The recent wine and cheese tasting is just one example of the fun, social events residents enjoy at the Gardens at Qualicum Beach.

The recent wine and cheese tasting is just one example of the fun, social events residents enjoy at the Gardens at Qualicum Beach.

No wonder this is the residence active local seniors love coming home to.

Located on a beautifully landscaped property steps from downtown Qualicum, the family-owned and operated Gardens at Qualicum Beach provides a comprehensive campus of care, providing seniors with the opportunity to enjoyindependent living, as well as assisted living and long-term care as needs change.

Operated by The Care Group, whose McIntosh family has longstanding ties to the central Island community, The Gardens at Qualicum Beach team is ready to welcome prospective residents for a visit and tour, with safety protocols in place.

Choose from privately owned condominiums or Independent Living Suites, with suites ranging from studios to two-bedroom units, meaning the right space for your needs is just a visit away.

Recognizing the importance of marrying healthy nutrition with delicious food – beyond wine and cheese, of course – an executive chef leads a talented kitchen team that invites residents to tuck into everything from comfort food to elegant special event dinners, with adaptations available.

All meals prepared in-house with a focus on fresh, local ingredients, and include three-course lunches and dinners with two main course options to choose from. And then there’s monthly themed dinners, special occasion and holiday menus, plus a private dining room for you to celebrate a special lunch or dinner party!

To learn more or to book your visit, call Billy Jolicoeur at 250-752-2818 or learn more at

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