The area of Nanaimo known as Diver Lake was once known as Wellington and has a rich history. As of 1870, this was already a sprawling settlement of farms, and the area was a popular destination for hunters and fishermen. Once coal was discovered here, Wellington grew to a bustling town for a couple decades, with an opera house and train station, saloon, and streets. The mines closed around 1900 and the land was rural again until it was swallowed by the expansion of Nanaimo in the post-war years. Today, the name "Wellington" is used to refer to a comparatively small area, from Northfield Rd to Long Lake and Brannen Lake. Some of the old rural properties are still evident here, and an old school remains as a point of pride for locals who are keen on the area's history.
Most of the Nanaimo homes for sale in this area are ranchers and split-levels. If you're a first-time homebuyer Diver Lake may be a good place to start your search as this community has all the desirable features of an established neighborhood: mature treescapes, an eclectic mix of homes, and good park access.
The Diver Lake area is relatively quiet and great for family living. Diver Lake is one of the central neighbourhoods in Nanaimo, which means that all of Nanaimo’s amenities in the North End (schools, shopping, etc.) and South End (countless cultural areas) are relatively close. It's central to everything and fairly quiet. This is a wonderful living option for young couples, families, and active adults. Recreational activities at Beban Park and Bowen Park offer plenty to do year-round for active households.
Diver Lake Parks
Diver's Lake Park is centered around the namesake lake, which features a small dock and wooden walkway. The surrounding park offers an off leash area for dogs, and a figure eight walking path.
Nearby Beban Park is a wealth of recreation. From playgrounds and swimming pools to hockey rinks, this state of the art complex keeps you active 365 days a year. There is also an extensive lineup of seasonal lifestyle courses and programs available from cooking classes to ballroom dance lessons. The BMX bike circuit is also a popular weekend destination for local riders.
Diver Lake AmenitiesFor shopping, head to Country Club Centre for access to a Save-on-Foods, Starbucks Coffee, JYSK, banking, and other retail stores. Also nearby is Woodgrove Centre's over 150 stores, services and restaurants. For dining head to Original Joe's, Swiss Chalet and Huong Lan Vietnamese Restaurant for popular local dining.
Diver Lake Schools
Coal Tyee Elementary School
Pleasant Valley Elementary School
Dover Bay Secondary School
Wellington Secondary Shool
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