The name is a bit misleading because although this neighbourhood is called Central Nanaimo, it isn’t actually the centre of the city. The neighbourhood is closer to the Old City and the south end than it is to the north end. However, access to shopping malls and schools is still easy. Central Nanaimo is a well-established neighbourhood and most of the homes are an older style. Even considering renovations, prices are still reasonable for first-time home buyers. There are also several condo buildings in the neighbourhood and the Nanaimo Regional Hospital is in close proximity.
Schools in the area include:
Brechin Elementary – 510 Millstone Avenue, (250) 754-7523
Cilaire Elementary – 25 Cilaire Drive, (250) 758-7941
Forest Park Elementary – 2050 Latimer Road, (250) 758-6892
Nanaimo Montessori School – 945 Waddington Road, (250) 753-0649
École Quarterway Elementary School – 1632 Bowen Road, (250) 754-6845
Woodlands Secondary – 1270 Strathmore Street, (250) 753-2271
Parks in the Area:
Beach Estates Park- Beach Estates Park is made up of a tranquil walking trail that has numerous stairs along the way. The trail follows the meanderings of the Northfield Creek and leads to a pebbly beach just a short distance away from the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal. The trail is populated with ferns, waterfalls and small pools as you walk making this trail serene as it gives its visitors exercise at the same time.
Beban Park- Beban Park is Nanaimo’s premier recreation complex. The facility offers a seasonal petting farm, ice rinks, an indoor swimming pool, a social centre, tennis courts, soccer fields, a playground, basketball hoops, an equestrian centre, community gardens, a fitness circuit, a golf course and a driving range, two artificial turf fields, a BMX track and a dog park. Beban Park is also home to the annual VIEX – Vancouver Island Exhibition (a country fair for folks of all ages) and the Maple Sugar Festival – the largest bilingual festival on Vancouver Island.
Bowen Park- Bowen Park offers both sports and tranquility. This particular park stays busy year round because of all the activities it offers. During the summer months the outdoor swimming pool opens up and becomes a great way to cool off on those hot days. The beach volleyball courts are very popular when the weather warms and frisbee golf is quickly growing in popularity too. During the winter months, the hills are great for tobogganing and Bowen Park is conveniently located across the road from the Curling Park as well. All throughout the year the playgrounds and seniors centre are open and keep the park very busy with people from all ages.
Buttertubs Marsh- Enjoy a 2 km loop trail around this bird and wildlife sanctuary. With observation decks and a tower, Buttertubs Marsh is the perfect place to capture a prize shot of any bird. The trail is also open to anyone that wishes to have a leisurely walk or jog.