This neighbourhood includes many of Nanaimo’s major education and athletic centres, such as Vancouver Island University, various Senior Secondary Schools and Nanaimo’s largest sporting facility, attached to the Nanaimo Ice Centre, Aquatic Centre and the Serauxman Stadium. University District is a new name for the areas of Harewood closest to the Vancouver Island University. The University District’s boundaries run south into Chase River near Tenth Street, west to the University and north to Third Street and Bowen Road. The railway tracks separate the University District from South Nanaimo to the east, towards the ocean. This neighbourhood is known for its different variety of houses, ranging from character homes to newer models. Close to the wooded area of Colliery Dam Park and the trendy Waterfront District, this neighbourhood is attractive for its close location to many different amenities. This area is also easily accessible to the Parkway Trail, where you can cycle or jog all the way to North Nanaimo.
UNIVERSITY DISTRICT PARKS
Colliery Dam Park
This park is one of Nanaimo’s most popular parks and a unique example of Nanaimo’s industrial past. This attraction would interest any individuals who were curious about Nanaimo’s coal mining past, as there used to be a productive coal mine in the area in 1912 and the park still houses the only coal tipple remaining on Vancouver Island. This park became an official provincial park in the 1970’s with about four hectares of space. Colliery Dam Park’s trail system runs around two manmade lakes and features off leash dog walking areas as well as many beautiful views.
This paved, multi-use trail runs along the Parkway Highway, providing access to many Nanaimo parks and amenities.
This neighborhood park features a new playground near a local creek.