The Gardens at Qualicum Beach

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Phone: (250) 752-2818
Tours: (250) 738-2253

650 Berwick Road North
Qualicum Beach, BC
V9K 2T8

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The Gardens at Qualicum Beach is located in a picturesque seaside community on Vancouver Island. Surrounded by colourful gardens and a lagoon with walking paths, The Gardens is in the heart of town with shopping, golfing or a beach walk all just at your doorstep. The Gardens offers several lifestyle options including Independent Living rental suites, Condominiums for ownership, Funded Assisted Living, Complex Care, funded as well as private pay which offers respite and palliative care. At The Gardens you can choose the lifestyle that best suits your needs, its all about choices. The Gardens at Qualicum Beach is able to offer seniors the ability to ‘age in place’. This model is also ideal for couples, enabling them to stay together in the same facility as their care needs change over the years.

Independent Living Suites

Full Service Rental Accommodation

This is for residents who wish to maintain their independence, while taking advantage of the many lifestyle options offered at The Gardens at Qualicum Beach. Independent Living residents need to be self directing, and they also need to be mobile (they may use walkers and/or wheelchairs as long as they are able to transfer). This is ideal for couples as well as singles.

  • Suites are studio, one bedroom, one bedroom plus den, and two bedroom
  • Furnishings include: kitchenette with refrigerator and stove top, fixtures and window coverings
  • Ensuite bathrooms are large and are configured for easy access with higher toilets, walk in showers with seats and movable shower heads and plenty of grab bars. Some suites feature bath tubs.
  • Fire alarm system, sprinkler system and emergency lighting in common areas
  • Pets allowed (restrictions apply)
  • Parking for residents and visitors
  • Heat, hydro & water included
  • All suites pre wired for phone, cable & internet
  • Each resident receives a 24-hour emergency pendent

Independent Living Amenities

  • A warm, elegant central dining room to enjoy your lunches and dinners; prepared by certified professional chefs.
  • Always seasonal menu choices and alternatives are available. Special themed event menus happen throughout the year.
  • A private dining room is also available for special occasions.
  • Tea house , where residents and guests can enjoy a beverage and snack with family and friends
  • Luxurious Main Lounge with a grand piano, Cocktail bar, and Library
  • Activity and Computer room, lounge with big screen t.v. and billiard and Games room
  • Beautiful lagoon with water lilies and fish, landscaped gardens, walking trails, greenhouse and gazebo
  • Wellness center with a variety of exercise programs
  • Beauty salon
  • A Tuck shop is stocked with a variety of items for your convenience
  • Storage lockers
  • Professional on-site management
  • 24 hour security monitoring service
  • Concierge services
  • Guest Suite
  • 18 passenger bus for scheduled outings

Independent Entertainment and Activities

You may choose from a host of services and activities and let our skilled staff take care of the rest. With unlimited access to scheduled life enrichment programs in recreation, leisure, social arts, entertainment and fitness, you are welcome to participate in as much as you want, or to take quiet time for yourself. It is your decision.

  • Social Coordinator programming with a wide range of social and recreational activities
  • Live Musical Entertainment
  • Movies
  • Fitness Classes and Tai Chi
  • Billiards, Darts, shuffleboard, table tennis and carpet bowling
  • Gardening with raised flowerbeds and greenhouse
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Bus trips
  • Computer Education
  • Wii
  • Board and Card Games
  • Discussion groups and Trivia
  • Bingo
  • Celebrations
  • Church Services
  • Crafts
  • Brain Fitness Program

Funded Assisted Living

This lifestyle is designed for those who require additional assistance with daily living activities but do not require 24-hour nursing care. All of the suites are one bedroom with a kitchenette and wheel-chair accessible bathroom. If you would like more information on this lifestyle please call VIHA, Vancouver Island Health Authority at 250-951-9500.

Residential Care – Complex Care

This Lifestyle is for those who require 24-hour nursing care on either a long-term or transitional basis. A respite suite is available for short-term needs. Funded complex care units consist of 75 private single occupancy and 10 shared double occupancy beds. There are also 11 single private pay units. Residents are cared for by a highly trained professional and caring staff, in a safe and secure environment.

Residential Care Amenities

  • Beautifully appointed suites with wheel chair accessible ensuite washrooms
  • Nursing assessment and medication administration
  • Personal care for activities of daily living and bathing
  • Regular attending physicians and related medical care as required
  • Meals and nutritional assessment by a registered Dietician
  • Housekeeping and Laundry
  • Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy consultation as prescribed
  • Hairdressing services available for a separate charge

Residential Care Entertainment and Recreation

At The Gardens our trained Recreation Therapist and activity staff endeavor to incorporate therapeutic recreation principles in all our programming. Striving to foster a high quality of life they provide our residents with an assortment of worthwhile activities and entertainment that promote personal growth, happiness and freedom. Participation from volunteers, family and friends is encouraged. The facility has a bus for planned outings. There are many opportunities to celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, holidays, the seasons and community events. We also respect our resident’s rights to dignity always and privacy when they wish it.

A few of our activities include:

  • Live entertainment
  • Games – bowling, bingo, stories
  • Crafts
  • Baking
  • Exercise and walking groups
  • Pet therapy
  • Special occasion Celebrations
  • Bus outings
  • Church services

Condominium Ownership with Service Package

Strata titled luxurious condominium suites located on the penthouse floor with basic service package to compliment your independent lifestyle. Meals and housekeeping services are optional.

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"We consider ourselves very lucky and fortunate to be living here. We would not hesitate to recommend “The Gardens” to anyone thinking about retirement homes."


A little over 2 years ago, my wife and I decided that having reached our mid 80′s, a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house with a large garden was slowly getting too much  for us….. and would become more so. It was time to think about a Retirement Home.

I started by obtaining brochures from 3 establishments  in the Parksville/Qualicum area. From these, “The Gardens” looked the most promising. The next step was a visit to all 3. This put “The Gardens” even further ahead. A discussion with our son and our financial adviser was final confirmation. Upon leaving “The Gardens” our son looked at the entrance hall and stairway and said “I have been in many worse 4 star hotels than this”.

We moved in May 2011. We were lucky enough to obtain one of the larger 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, Independent living suites on a corner of the ground floor. It was immaculate. Sliding French windows opening on to a small patio with a patch of garden either side. Lawns and gardens stretching out in front.

Life here has lived up to expectations. The food,very satisfactory indeed (…not up to “The Savoy” in London I agree). The entertainment,  the house keeping etc.. In fact, everything.  The real bonus is the staff. Everyone is kindness itself. Nothing is too much trouble. The Servers in the Dining Room (Lunch and Dinner) are exceptionally patient, they cannot be faulted.

High on the list of reasons for “The Gardens” rating as top class, is that Residents comments/complaints are listened to, and acted upon a great number of times. We consider ourselves very lucky and fortunate to be living here. We would not hesitate to recommend “The Gardens” to anyone thinking about retirement homes.


Dianne DeRepentigny

Dianne DeRepentigny

General Manager

Dianne has more than 28 years experience working in the seniors care and housing field on Vancouver Island. She has completed the Food and Nutrition Management program with the Canadian Hospital Association and also holds a diploma in Health Care Administration from Malaspina University College.

Dianne prides herself on understanding our resident’s needs and desires in all of the lifestyles available at The Gardens and sees herself as an advocate for the residents in ensuring their needs are met and maintaining high levels of resident satisfaction.


Julie Chambers

Julie Chambers

Marketing Manager

Julie Chambers, was born and raised in England and has lived in Qualicum Beach for the past 15 years with her husband and two children.  Julie brings a wealth of experience in Customer Service and has been actively involved in this community in diverse facets including publisher of the local newspaper and most recently, customer service representative with the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce. 

Julie has served on many boards and committee’s within this community and has an openness to help out wherever she can.   Julie is dedicated to ensuring the residents transition and time in residential care is a most comfortable one.   

Julie welcomes you to contact her at any time to discuss your needs; she is here to help make the process of relocating as stress free as possible and in aiding seniors’ transition into their new home here at The Gardens in Qualicum Beach.


Tanja Harper

Tanja Harper

Business Manager

Tanja is a valued member of the ‘Gardens Team’, having been with us since opening day, having been with Arranglen Gardens previously and moving with the staff and residents when the Gardens opened.  Tanja moved to Qualicum Bay with her husband, two boys and her parents in 2003.  Prior to that she held a variety of positions with the CPAC group. 

She is highly qualified with a Bachelor’s degree and has taken CGA courses as well as accounting and computers (she is the ‘go to’ person for computer issues).  We are indeed fortunate to have Tanja on our team working with our staff and residents.


Melanie Young

Melanie Young

Director of Care

Melanie Young is a Registered Nurse with a  Bachelors Degree in Nursing and a Diploma in Health Care Administration. Melanie has worked in a professional capacity in healthcare administration and education for over 25 years and has a strong understanding of what it takes to bring people together to facilitate the provision of safe, holistic healthcare. Melanie has worked in the UK and across Canada and is now focusing her passion and experience on supporting the vibrant community at The Gardens through authentic connection and contemporary care.


Surjit Jhaj

Surjit Jhaj

Social Coordinator

Surjit is familiar to residents of The Gardens as well as the community of Qualicum Beach as the Social Coordinator at The Gardens since opening four years ago.

Surjit holds a certificate in Gerontology Activation Programming, and has worked in the cruise line industry as an assistant cruise director. He has served on the Executive Board on the British Columbia Activity Coordinators Association (BCACA) for the past three years.

He has been a facilitator for a local youth conference on “Bridging the Age Gap”, and works closely with the local high school to develop a strong student-resident relationship. Surjit teaches and facilitates Posit Science programs for the residents at The Gardens and conducts workshop on Brain Fitness. Surjit is a friendly face who is successful at providing residents with the kind of lifestyle options they desire, by offering a variety of fun and fulfilling activities daily.


Marlene Charbonneau

Marlene Charbonneau

Support Services Manager

Marlene was born and raised on Vancouver Island. She has spent most of her working career in the hospitality industry.

Marlene was one of the original kitchen staff members coming from the former site and moving to the brand new building The Garden’s. Here with the new kitchen Marlene took on all the aspects of baking, pastries, desserts and homemade breads. She held this position for 5 years then was given the opportunity to step in as Food Services Director.

For the past year and a half she has held this position and joined the Retirement Concepts Team in May 2013. She now holds the title of Support Services Director and works along side the Executive Chef. She is very proud of the culinary excellence this site serves to their residents on a daily basis.




Recreation Coordinator

Lyndsay has worked in many different care communities throughout the mainland and on Vancouver Island. She joined the team at Qualicum Gardens in February 2013 as an Activity Aide and shortly after moved into the role as the Recreation & Volunteer Coordinator.

Lyndsay has a degree in Therapeutic Recreation with a focus in Gerontology, a diploma in Recreation Management and certification in Event Planning.

Lyndsay has a true passion for working with seniors and believes that Recreation and Leisure has as an important role in creating a meaningful and quality life.


Norman Mueller

Norman Mueller

Head Chef

Norman was born in Hamburg Germany and completed his apprenticeship in Lueneburg.   His first cooks position was at the Hilton Paris, France where he trained in classical French cuisine for the following 5 years.

Upon returning to Hamburg Norman studied Hotel Management and earned a Bachelor in Business Management focusing on the Hospitality and Tourism industries.

Norman then moved to Australia working In Queensland and later as Sous Chef in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne.

From there Norman transitioned to the Cruise Ship Industry and worked for the worlds finest as Executive Chef such as Crystal, Silver Seas and Oceania Cruise Lines.

Ten years ago Norman migrated to Canada and worked for the Fairmount chain and Grouse Mountain Resorts before moving to the Island and taking on the position of Head Chef at the Gardens in Qualicum Beach.


Yvonne Bond

Yvonne Bond

Transition Coordinator


For information, reservations, tours etc, please contact Julie Chambers at (250) 738-2253 or

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