The Community

Welcome to Harbourview District

 

Be part of an emerging urban master-planned community that promises to invigorate this downtown south-end neighbourhood in a way that hasn’t been experienced before. Picture living in a walkable enclave exuding with historic charm, ocean and mountain views, and many amenities urbanites want and need! It’s all possible. 

The foundation of the Harbourview District is to be a burgeoning, urban community where residents are proud to call home – one which also serves the communities we invest in by creating lively, engaging and thriving community-centric spaces.

Unparalleled Accessibility

 

Its fabulous location offers a rare chance to live in a truly walkable community situated on downtown Nanaimo’s edge. With green space, pathways and generous sidewalks, inset street parking, bike paths, and easy access to the highway, Harbourview District offers unparalleled urban living.

AREA Highlights:

  • Geared for cyclists with several bike lanes
  • Pedestrian-friendly wide sidewalks
  • Short walk to downtown
  • Supplemented street parking
  • Easy access to Island Highway
  • Great pathway connectivity between buildings and the community
  • On-site commercial retail space

Min Walk to Retail and Restaurants

Min Walk to Harbourair Connect to Vancouver

Min Drive to Hiking and Biking Trails

Hour Drive to Mt. Washington Alpine Resort

Redefined City Living

Nestled on the eastern side of Vancouver Island, near the heart of downtown Nanaimo. Harbourview District puts you in the epicenter of a thriving downtown core and a short stroll to the revitalized Commercial Street, giving you access to a wide variety of one-of-a-kind retail shops, like Archer and Arrow, Gabriels Café and Cold Front Gelato.

A local favourite, the Vault Café features great coffee and breakfast selections, all within walking distance to your new home. Port Place Shopping Centre offers a great selection of shops and services – everything from eye care to medical, banking and hearing services, and more, anchored by Thrifty Foods, London Drugs, BC Liquor, Dollarama and Starbucks.

In this ever-changing workplace, your new home is walking distance to The Network Hub on Wallace Street – a co-working space where entrepreneurs share an affordable office space with like-minded individuals.

History 

Long before coal was discovered in the South End, the Snuneymuxw First Nations lived and fished here for thousands of years along its pristine shoreline. With the discovery of coal, the landscape drastically changed as the area became the centre of Nanaimo’s booming coal mining industry and quickly transformed into a family-oriented neighbourhood. Many of the area’s grand victorian homes and miners cottages have undergone renovations resulting in an urban community that combines historic homes with modern amenities. – making it an appealing place to live, work and play.

Brief Timeline

Courtesy Nanaimo Archives

Snuneymuxw First Nations’ winter village and burial site dates back nearly 3,500 years. Their traditional longhouses dotted the shores in what is now Nanaimo’s South-end, and its people fished the nearby estuary.

1300AD

1850

Europeans came in hopes of making their fortunes on coal. The discovery of coal swelled the number in inhabitants, making the South-end Nanaimo’s most populace district. Before long, Haliburton Street was home to residences, salons and hotels.

Courtesy Nanaimo Archives

Courtesy Nanaimo Archives

The Esplanade Mine 1 commenced operation at the end of Milton Road. It was the largest coal mine operation in the area until it shut its doors in 1937

1883

1887

A devastating mine explosion kills 147 miners in what is, to this day, the worst mining disaster in our province’s history.

Courtesy Nanaimo Archives

Courtesy Nanaimo Archives

Soon, the neighbourhood’s homes were torn down to make way for stores, motels and services for the largely commercial businesses that arose in the area.

1950

2018

Parkshore Projects breaks ground on its inaugural building, the Outlook

Parkshore Projects, in partnership with urban architect D-Ambrosio, design rendering for the master-planned community, following the guidelines of the area’s current zoning and official community plan.

2019

2020

Outlook’s residents move in.