Many Nanaimo Realtors have deemed South Nanaimo the next up and coming neighbourhood in the city. Its waterfront views, affordable housing, new subdivisions and its proximity to the downtown core are just some of the qualities that make this neighbourhood so attractive. This community surrounds the University Village Mall, named because of its proximity to Vancouver Island University.
Schools in the area:
Bayview Elementary – 140 View Street, (250) 754-3231
École Pauline Haarer Elementary – 400 Campbell Street, (250) 754-2722
John Barsby Secondary – 550 7th Street, (250) 753-8211
Nanaimo District Secondary School – 355 Wakesiah, (250) 740-2000
Park Avenue Elementary – 395 Eighth Street, (250) 754-5591
Vancouver Island University – 900 Fifth Street, (250) 753-3245
Parks in the area:
Harewood Centennial Park- Located next to John Barsby Secondary, Harewood Centennial Park is an active place for many families in the community. It is equipped for several different activities including tennis, basketball, baseball and an assortment of field games. Young children can enjoy the playground all year round and kids of all ages come throughout the hot summer months to play in the water park.
Janes Park- Janes Park is right beside Colliery Dam Park in the south end. Cyclists can enjoy riding on this trail in the shade of the beautiful tall trees that line either side.
Colliery Dam Park- This Nanaimo Park has numerous mature trees surrounding two lakes and many trails that provide an opportunity to do a bit of climbing. The views here are spectacular and cultivate an inspiring spot to observe the wildlife and a great summer swimming area. At the lowest point of the lower lake enjoy watching as the water flows into the waterfall. Students can often be found here cooling off in the summer months, jumping from small cliffs into the water below.
Petroglyph Provincial Park- With many prehistoric rock carvings, visiting this provincial park is like taking a step back more than 1,000 years ago just off of Highway 1. It is said that when the First Nations peoples created these petroglyphs they chose places of power or mystery and where the forces of nature were the strongest. There is now an interpretive area with information boards explaining what the petroglyphs are thought to mean. The Petroglyph Provincial Park is a wonderful area to visit when you have more time to explore the 2 hectare piece of land.
Chase River Estuary Park- This natural paradise is nestled at the south end of Haliburton Street. Walk, jog or hike through the 1.3 km of trails including boardwalks over wetlands, stairs and gravel trails. There are plenty of picnic tables from which to enjoy lunch while watching the wildlife around you. If you go in peak season, you may even see some Chum and Coho Salmon.