Discover North Nanaimo
North Nanaimo is Nanaimo's largest community. North Nanaimo is home to some of the best beach accesses in Nanaimo, ranging from sandy to pebble beaches. Looking across the Georgia Strait, there are views of the Sunshine Coast, Winchelsea Islands, and even Vancouver on clear days! North Nanaimo also has park spaces for anyone to enjoy as well as lots of walking paths including the start of the Parkway Trail. If you are looking for your new home with ocean front or ocean views, North Nanaimo is a great place to start!
North Nanaimo is a desired area for ocean front homes and is also sought after for the vast amenities that the area has to offer. North Nanaimo holds Woodgrove Shopping Centre as well as many grocery stores, restaurants and entertainment. North Nanaimo is one of the newer development areas and has many family-focused subdivisions with quiet cul-de-sac living. Anywhere you live in North Nanaimo you are mere minutes to the parkway or island highway to make access throughout Nanaimo and Vancouver Island very easy!
North Nanaimo provides an assortment of different parks for anyone to enjoy. Whether you are looking for a view point, grassy spot, or sandy beaches you are sure to find it in North Nanaimo. Blueback Beach Access is a popular spot to enjoy a beach day, or a good workout! There are around 300 stairs down to the beach so be prepared for a climb! You will often see people using the stairs for a workout by joggin or walking the steps. At high tide there is a small amount of rocky shoreline, but as the tide goes out, this becomes a vast sandy beach.
To the east of Blueback Beach Access is Invermere beach which features the same sandy shores. The difference with Invermere is that the journey to the beach is slightly less laboureous with fewer stairs to get to the beach.
May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park is a great park with a blend of grassy areas, wooded trail walks, skate park and tennis and pickleball courts. The top field of this park is home to the Nanaimo Hornets Rugby team with the lower field being used for youth football games. The wooded trail area of the park doubles as an off-leash dog walk and has multiple pathways to explore.
In addition to these parks, there are many parks nestled into the various subdivisions from land donated to the city for dedicated park space as part of the development of the area.
North Nanaimo offers many amenities to the community. Woodgrove Shopping Centre is Nanaimo's largest mall and other businesses have established themselves in the area as a result. Within a 1 kilometre radius of Woodgrove is Costco, Home Depot, a library and many restaurants to make your errand runs a breeze.
North Nanaimo features three elementary schools to ensure that no matter where you live in North Nanaimo, you are in close proximity to schools. North Nanaimo fits into the Wellington Secondary Catchment, which is just minutes from Country Clube Centre.
- Frank J. Ney Elementary
5301 Williamson Road, Nanaimo, BC
- Hammond Bay Elementary (French Immersion)
1025 Morningside Drive, Nanaimo, BC
- Pleasant Valley Elementary
6201 Dunbar Road, Nanaimo, BC
- Uplands Park Elementary
3821 Stronach Drive, Nanaimo, BC
- Dover Bay Secondary
6135 McGirr Road, Nanaimo, BC
- Wellington Secondary
3135 Mexicana Road, Nanaimo, BC