Welcome To South Nanaimo

If downtown Nanaimo is going to be something to shout about, South Nanaimo is going to be a very interesting place for investors. South Nanaimo is best used to describe the land between Nob Hill and Petroglyph park. South Nanaimo offers ocean views, blocks from downtown, loads of character homes, and minutes from the University.

Nanaimo’s appeal for an aging Canadian population and certainly because of the building-out in North Nanaimo, there’s a major push to develop “the South End”. We’re already seeing people with better plans for these lush old properties and vintage homes, many of which have stunning ocean views. The South Ward had a lot of miners’ cabins and rich Victorian homes overlooking the harbor and the estuary. Many of the original homes are still in place.

The name South Nanaimo can apply to everything south of downtown, including the District of Chase River, to the Nanaimo River Estuary.


A charming and relaxed old suburb of Nanaimo, Harewood occupies the relatively flat space between Vancouver Island University and the hill that drops to Downtown. As an old neighbourhood, Harewood has all kinds of old “character” homes, including miners’ cottages and large old farmhouses from when this was Nanaimo’s frontier a hundred years ago.

University Village Mall in the University District provides the convenience of a Quality Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart, Starbucks and more. Colliery Dams, Morrell Sanctuary, Buttertubs Marsh are great places for a jog or nature walk.



  • Bayview Elementary– 140 View Street, Nanaimo V9R 4N6 – 250 754-3231
  • Fairview Community – 205 Howard Ave., Nanaimo V9R 3R3 – 250 753-3418
  • Georgia Avenue Community – 625 Georgia Ave., Nanaimo V9R 3W3 – 250 753-1044
  • Park Avenue Community – 395 Eighth St., Nanaimo V9R 1A9 – 250 754-5591


  • Career Technical Centre – 355 Wakesiah Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 3K5, Phone: 250 740-2032
  • John Barsby Community – 550 7th St., Nanaimo V9R 3Z2 – 250 753-8211
  • Learn@Home 8-12 – 355 Wakesiah Avenue (Rooms 254 and 256), Nanaimo V9R 3K5 – 250 740-2038; toll free 1-866-740-2037
  • Nanaimo District Secondary – 355 Wakesiah Ave., Nanaimo V9R 3K5, 250-740-2000

French Immersion:

  • Nanaimo District Secondary – 355 Wakesiah Ave., Nanaimo V9R 3K5, 250-740-2000

For more information on schools in this area visit www.sd68.bc.ca

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