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Postby dorqie on Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:35 pm

There are some fab restauraunts in that area.

There's a Country Grocer and a Thrifties, a Pharmasave, some botiques and cafes
a couple beer and wine stores
and many other places, but those are the ones we visit when we are up there

You can drive in to duncan (not that far) and there is a Wal-mart, Superstore, Canadian Tire, and many other things

there is a rec center in shawnigan, and one in duncan
there is skating in duncan

Shawnigan lake is good for swimming and watersports
There are parks and trails.


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Postby mylittlekouklas on Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:40 pm

I grew up in Nanaimo and am so much happier in Victoria. My parents and brothers (and their families) all live in Nanaimo so we visit quite often (at least once a month).

I'd have to agree with all other posters - there is a vibe about Nanaimo that doesn't feel right. Every time we drive into town, my mood changes. It's weird. The place itself is great. The schools are great. The recreation/activities are great. The vibe is weird though.

If you MUST live in Nanaimo - choose North Nanaimo or even Lantzville. Lantzville is gorgeous. Central/South Nanaimo (South of Country Club Mall along the highway) is sketchy. Someone mentioned downtown Nanaimo being safer than downtown Victoria - I'd have to disagree. There are too many dark corners and long blocks in downtown Nanaimo - too many opportunities to be alone and harassed. DT Vic is lit and busy and feels safer - just my opinion though.
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Postby tweetmobile on Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:43 pm

Too bad you aren't fond of Duncan. We have most everything we need here, including a new shopping mall on it's way that will contain a lot of what we have to commute to Nanaimo or Victoria for. What is it about Duncan you don't like so much?

There are quite a few KIV'ers who have sold in Victoria and bought here and I think most or all are happy with it.


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Postby alexandrasmom on Sun Feb 03, 2008 8:51 am

we moved to Shawnigan from Victoria when we bought our house and
lived there for 3 years...I hated it...I had a brand new house and
lived on 5 acres and it just wasn't my thing. We sold our house
and made a great profit and bought brand new in duncan..we live
behind Drinkwater school and I really love it. We are getting a new
mall blocks away...(like tweet said) and other than certain "brand name"
stores...we have it all. In the summer it is a short drive to water parks,
lakes, the river and lots of nice trails to walk on. I am happy we
made the decision to move here...it means a commute for my dh
but you always have to sacrifice something :-D Good luck on your search.
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Postby Samandemma on Sun Feb 03, 2008 4:13 pm

Aspengrove School in Nanaimo is very similar to the school in Victoria that you spoke of in your earlier posts so you may find it interesting to check out. It is co-ed but otherwise offers many of the qualities that you mentioned in your thread last spring. HTH
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Postby Guest on Sun Feb 03, 2008 5:52 pm

I lived in Nanaimo for 5 years. I always considered it a "Mall" town because the downtown core was pretty dead when I lived there and with the new highway they bypass everything.

My friends live in Chase River (South Nanaimo) which is the first light after the Overpass onto the new highway (near Chase River School). They live in a new subdivision which was only a few houses a few years ago and is now HUGE. The school they have is great because it is a new school but it is also full because they never anticipated all the people moving in.

I will warn you though the prices have gone up there too. They bought their house and it has tripled in price in the past few years.

If I were to live there I would chose either North or South. North is where all the big stores there are. However, it is almost 25 minutes by highway from South Nanaimo. This makes it very spread out.

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