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  • Writer's pictureLori Reid, for URListed

Welcome to South Nanaimo!

Updated: Apr 8, 2019

No, North Nanaimo is NOT the only place to buy a home!!!  A recent resurgence and significant investment has revitalized the charming central area of South Nanaimo.

Here, there are numerous remodeled character homes, along with some lovely, very affordable brand new subdivisions. Not more than five minutes from downtown, the area is central to shopping, both ferries, and some lovely parks, walking trails, and swimming holes.

With VIU just steps away, the area is vibrant with students and young families.  And yes, it has some of the loveliest ocean and mountain views.

Calico Cat Tea House

This walking neighbourhood has two nearby malls easily reached by foot.  The University Shopping Mall houses stores such as Shopper's Drug Mart, Seven-11, a Medical Center, CHOP Hair, and Valu Village. Restaurants include Starbucks, Subway, Dominoes, Ai Sushi, Baby Salsa, & Rhythm Chinese Restaurant. The new upscale Quality Foods Harewood makes dining easy with a choice of two cafeterias, both with indoor and patio seating, a licenced pub, and a deli/rotisserie with every possible take-out meal you can dream of.

​South Nanaimo is also home to The Calico Cat, a premier tea house where you can have your teas leaves read, and Ricky's All Day Grill. 

Wear off your meal with a hike through tree filled Colliery Dam Park, where you can fish, take a swim, bike the paved pathways, or let Rover off leash.

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There are several Facebook Groups catering to South Nanaimo Residents. Join one today!



​​Georgia Avenue School - 625 Georgia Avenue - PreK to Grade 7


​​John Barsby Secondary - 550 Second Avenue

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