South Nanaimo is a neighbourhood close to the Old City and University District undergoing revitalization. Its proximity to the downtown core makes this neighbourhood very attractive as new and older homes are still reasonably priced. Nanaimo’s South End also has a rich history in the development of the city, in the 1890s it was known as the South Ward and was home to working class families. Some of these heritage homes have been restored and adds to the neighbourhood’s unique character; however, new developments have popped up as large parcels of land owned by farmers have been subdivided into streets of newer homes. This is an area where you can still find affordable homes and good investment property. South Nanaimo is relatively close to the University Village Mall, which borders the University District and stretches south to Petroglyph Park.
140 View Street, Nanaimo, BC
Fairview Community School
205 Howard Avenue, Nanaimo, BC
Georgia Avenue Community School
625 Georgia Avenue, Nanaimo, BC
Park Avenue Community School
395 Eighth Street, Nanaimo, BC
Nanaimo District Secondary
355 Wakesiah Avenue, Nanaimo, BC
John Barsby Community Secondary
550 7th Street, Nanaimo, BC
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. The City of Nanaimo has big plans for this popular park in the next few years. Check out our blog post, Renovations for Harewood Centennial Park!, to get more details!
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 is found in the south end of Nanaimo. It 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.
Evergreen Kinette Park - Evergreen Kinette Park features a nice path lined with trees following a stream. Take an exhilarating afternoon walk and observe as the birds fly overhead, small fish travel in the stream and children play on the playground that volunteers installed.
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 hectacre 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.
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