This is the first distinct settlement you’ll encounter as you travel south from Nanaimo, and it’s sometimes incorrectly identified as South Nanaimo. Chase River is semi-rural and is clustered around the old railway beside the Nanaimo River Estuary. Many homes in Chase River are charming old models. A Chase River home would make sense for a family or couple or bachelor looking to live in a quiet area that’s only minutes from downtown Nanaimo with a visit to Extension Ridge park. As Nanaimo builds out, Chase River will be prized for its location.
This is a very pleasant community between Chase River and Extension, about ten minutes south of downtown Nanaimo. Cinnabar Valley is a green place between two ridges, and parts of it are very old and interesting. Most of the residents of Cinnabar Valley work in Nanaimo. There are a lot of great views of the valley and beyond, because many homes are situated high on the slopes of either ridge. The bus comes from downtown Nanaimo every hour or so.
Nanaimo River is a favourite place to spend hot summer days and is only minutes from Cinnabar Valley.
- Chase River Elementary– 1503 Cranberry Ave., Nanaimo V9R 6R7 – 250 754-6983; fax: 250 754-3354, Principal Larry Dean, Secretary Laura Read; Kindergarten to Grade 7: 141 students
- Cinnabar Valley Elementary – 1800 Richardson Road, Nanaimo V9X 1C9 – 250 716-1030; fax: 250 716-0476, Principal Val Cooke, Secretary Kristin Houvenaeghel; Kindergarten to Grade 7: 268 students
- John Barsby Community – 550 7th St., Nanaimo V9R 3Z2 – 250 753-8211; fax: 250 753-2430, Principal Robyn Gray, Vice-Principals Karen Proctor and Dave Travers, Secretary Krista Barker; Grades 8 to 12: 709 students
- Nanaimo District Secondary – 355 Wakesiah Ave., Nanaimo V9R 3K5, 250-740-2000; fax: 250-740-2020, Principal Jill Bailey, Vice-Principals David Birnie and Cheryl Garrett, Secretary Cathy Geneau; Grades 8 to 12: 1051 students