Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter contains buildings dating from the late 1800s to early 1900s and is considered part of the downtown economic core. A revitalization of heritage buildings as well as new developments showcases the area as a charming shopping, business and dining area destination. With the new 38,000 capacity convention center, the Diana Krall Plaza, the Port Theatre, the Nanaimo Museum and the water front promenade, this neighbourhood is considered the cultural hub of the city. Some of the oldest homes in Nanaimo are found in this neighbourhood with many on tree lined streets and with lovely harbour views, it attracts home owners looking to update older, character homes with their wonderful, established gardens. However, there are also plenty of new developments and condos in the area for potential home owners who want something fresh. Along with having most of the city’s cultural infrastructure, Nanaimo’s Seaplane hubs and Port Place Mall are also located here in the Old City.
205 Howard Ave., Nanaimo, BC
Nanaimo Montessori School
945 Waddington Road, Nanaimo, BC
140 View Street, Nanaimo, BC
Nanaimo District Secondary School
355 Wakesiah Ave., Nanaimo, BC
John Barsby Secondary
550 7th St., Nanaimo, BC
Maffeo Sutton Park - Large, ocean-side park near the Old City Quarter. Features: large children’s playground, fields, pavilion, lagoon. The popular Harbourfront Walkway (seawall) runs through this park from the marina to local shops and restaurants.
Beban Park - Large park with several areas for sports and play. Features: outdoor pool, trails, disc golf course, skate bowl, seniors’ center, 2 picnic shelters with children’s playgrounds, tennis courts, beach volleyball, horseshoes, seasonal petting zoo and duck pond. Trails along the Millstone River lead to a scenic waterfall and rhododendron grove.
Nob Hill Park - Nob Hill Park is one of Nanaimo’s more relaxed parks. The updated playground equipment makes this a perfect park for the kids to play safely and the open space provides an opportunity for them to play field games like Frisbee or tag. Nob Hill Park also has a gentle walking trail that allows people to take casual walks without having to worry about being in the way of runners or bikers that are on the busier trails in Nanaimo.
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