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University District

Also known as “Harewood,” this neighbourhood centered around University Village Mall lies between Vancouver Island University and downtown. There’s a strong spirit of community in the area, which is made up of students and families living in affordable apartments and modest homes that range from 1920s bungalows to split-levels.

The University District is within walking distance of the university and only a few minutes’ drive or bus ride from the downtown waterfront’s shops and restaurants. Staying active is convenient with the aquatic centre, ice centre and several parks with hiking trails nearby.


  • Georgia Avenue Elementary
  • Fairview Elementary
  • John Barsby Secondary School
  • Nanaimo District Secondary School (French immersion; academies – hockey, lacrosse, soccer & beach volleyball)

Parks & Recreation

  • Bowen Park – waterfall, trails, outdoor pool, lawn bowling & programs
  • Nanaimo Aquatic Centre
  • Nanaimo Ice Centre
  • Colliery Dam Park – swimming hole & paved trails
  • Morrell Nature Sanctuary – trails link to Westwood Lake Park
  • Buttertubs Marsh Park – birdwatching & loop trail
  • Pryde Vista Golf Course (public)

Shops & Services

  • University Village Mall – Quality Foods, Starbucks, & Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Caledonian Medical Clinic
  • Library – downtown branch

Drive Times

  • Hospital: 9 min.
  • Downtown: 6 min.
  • North end: 15 min.
  • Vancouver Island University: 2 min.
  • Nanaimo Airport: 15 min.
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