Only a short distance south of Nanaimo, Chase River is a quiet, semi-rural community that is still conveniently close to amenities. Many of the homes in this area are older models that have kept their charm throughout the years. Homes in this neighbourhood are a mix of rustic farmhouses, mature post-war homes, and newer contemporary builds. This area is also home to the Cinnabar Valley community.


Cinnabar Valley is a small community located between Chase River and Extension, about ten minutes south of downtown Nanaimo. It is a beautiful, wooded area with many of the homes situated high on the slopes. These homes benefit from incredible views of the valley and beyond, with just a short drive to nearby amenities.

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