A hundred years ago, people might have laughed about Extension being considered a neighbourhood of the rival township of Nanaimo. But when the mines closed, Extension was virtually abandoned by the thousands of workers who had made it a bustling community, even with its own Chinatown. Today, Extension is pretty, rural, and almost completely hidden. It’s accessible via Extension Rd, just south of Cinnabar Valley — about 17 minutes’ drive from downtown Nanaimo.

Homes in Extension present an opportunity for an inexpensive, large building with a big lot. Many people choose Extension for its quiet lifestyle within close range of the city. Others are the born’n’raised type who have good roots and great memories in this little community. A favourite summer spot for locals is Nanaimo River.




  • 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