Nanaimo Neighbourhoods

What neighbourhood suits your lifestyle?


Nanaimo is composed of over 15 different neighbours........set out by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board.


North Nanaimo


Hammond Bay

Departure Bay

Central Nanaimo


Pleasant Valley

Divers Lake

Old City

University District


Chase River

South Nanaimo



The past decade has seen the “Harbour City” evolve into one of the more popular destinations for tourists, businesses and retirees. It is truly a great place to live as well as a place to make a living. Close to 80,000 people now reside in the city, and it is the main avenue for central and northern Vancouver Island, having a trading area of over 1.75 million people within an 80 km radius.

The major parks within the city are: Newcastle Island, Bowen, Beban, Westwood Lake, Colliery, May Richards Bennet, and Pipers Lagoon. Newcastle Island is located adjacent to Nanaimo and is accessible in the summer months by ferry.

Bowen and Beban Parks are major recreational complexes, featuring auditoriums, pools, tennis courts, fitness activities and a wealth of other recreational pursuits. Bowen Park also features a well-stocked petting farm in the summer. Most other parks feature a variety of court, pools, hiking trails, ball diamonds, picnicking, soccer field and fishing for your pleasure.

Nanaimo offers the golfer year-round playing enjoyment on some of the most scenic courses in the world. Golfers have a choice of playing during any month of the year, on any one of the following uncrowded public courses: one 18 hole, three 9 hole, putting greens and driving ranges.


The Gulf Islands and surrounding waterways offer great opportunities to the Sailor, Powerboater, Scuba Diver, Windsurfer, Salmon Fisherman, Bottom Fisherman Naturalist and Artist like on a year-round basis.

There are 34 elementary schools in Nanaimo. There are also 6 junior and senior secondary schools. Many programs are offered to meet the needs of students throughout the district. The high calibre of education to be had in Nanaimo has culminated in National and International recognition for our students. The school district has a full French Immersion Programme.

Vancouver Island University has over 8,000 full-time and more than 13,000 part-time students. Programmes offered at Vancouver Island University (VIU)  cover a wide range of vocational and academic disciplines. Students attend VIU from across Canada and around the world.

Excellent medical care is available at the Nanaimo Regional Hospital, the largest medical facility on Vancouver Island north of Victoria. In other locations in the City, there are the Kiwanis Lodge 150 bed intermediate care facilities and Malaspina Lodge 109 bed intermediate care facility.


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