This neighborhood gets its name from its proximity to Vancouver Island University; you will find a mix of newer and older character homes as well as condominiums. Because of the need for student residences, this is a great opportunity for those looking for investment opportunities. The neighborhood is fairly quiet and great for families; however, there is a little bit more activity around the university, which is between 4th Street and 5th Street. The University Village Mall offers residents all the amenities they could need including a pharmacy, grocery store, post office and restaurants. The upper area of this neighbourhood is referred to as College Heights and borders Westwood Lake and trails leading to the summit of Mt. Benson; it offers some great views of downtown and Departure Bay. Access to the parkway is quick and easy and is within a few minutes’ drive or bus ride to the downtown core of Nanaimo and the harbour.
205 Howard Ave, Nanaimo, BC
Georgia Ave., Elementary
625 Georgia Ave., Nanaimo, BC
Nanaimo District Secondary School
355 Wakesiah Ave., Nanaimo, BC
John Barsby Secondary
550 7th St., Nanaimo, BC
Mountain View Elementary School
2480 East Wellington Road, Nanaimo, BC
Buttertubs Marsh - Two km loop trail around this bird and wildlife sanctuary. Features: observation decks and a tower, and walking or running trail.
Westwood Lake - Westwood Lake Park has a much used 5.51 km trail around the lake in the foothills of Mt. Benson. Features: beach area and swimming with lifeguard patrol (June-August), children’s play park, running and walking trails, with shorter trails available towards the south end of the trail. Electric motors and non- powered boating allowed, washroom and change room building on site.
Hawthorne Park - Named after the English Hawthorne bushes that populate the area, this park is a perfect for an evening jog or walk, alone or with your pet. The park surrounds ponds and has many trail loops to follow.
Black Diamond Park - Have fun playing at Black Diamond Park playing a game of catch or a great game of Frisbee on this open and grassy area. This field is perfect for any activity/ game that requires a lot of space to run about.
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!
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