Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
Wellington, British Columbia, Canada is located 4 miles northwest of Nanaimo, BC.
Also known as Diver Lake, Long Lake, Northfield,
Rutherford or North Nanaimo
[Wellington Business Directory]
Population: (2006) 3,935
Location: Latitude / Longitude - N 49° 12.537 W 124° 01.280
Elevation: 115 m (377 ft)
Native Bands: Sneneymuxw and Nanoose First Nation. Both nations are Coast Salish and use the Halkomelem language.
Name Place and History:
• The community was named after Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.
• Between 1869 and 1871 the Wellington coal seam was discovered by Robert Dunsmuir. He then established a company so he could get a land grant. This grant covered what is known as the Wellington Land District.
• To move the coal from Wellington to the docks in Departure Bay Robert Dunsmuir built a railway system.
Along with The Wellington Colliery Railway system, and the timing of BC joining in with the Canadian Confederation, enabled Robert Dunsmuir a grant to build what would be called the "E&N Railway" system across Vancouver Island. Wellington then became the Northern railway station on Vancouver Island.
• Roberts son, Alexander Dunsmuir, had and interest in a fleet of ships that handled the delivery of the coal locally, and for trading to Seattle and San Francisco.
• Down from the "Ships Hotel" and Saloon in 1888 was the Wellington Opera House. In the great fire of 1899 many of the town's buildings burned to the ground including the Wellington opera house.
• By the 1890s the town had over 5,000 residents. Wellington then was the second largest city on Vancouver Island next to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.
Community Organizations & Halls:
School District No 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith)
2280 Sun Valley Drive, Nanaimo, BC, V9T 6E8,
Historical Mount Benson Elementary School (est. 1874, formerly called Wellington Public School) Closed in 2008
Wellington Secondary School (est. 1969)
Rock City Elementary School (Located Between Wellington and Departure Bay)
Coal Tyee Elementary School (Located in Rosstown area of Northfield/Wellington, West-South-West of Wellington)
Pleasant Valley Elementary School
(Located in Pleasant Valley)- Bus Transit available.
The Wellington Action Committee
4285 Jingle Pot Road, Nanaimo, BC, V9T 5P5
The Nanaimo Community Foundation
106 - 619 Comox Road. Nanaimo, BC V9R 5V8
3922 Corunna Ave,
Nanaimo, BC, V9T 3J7
•Wellington Old-Timers Indoor Bowling
2060 East Wellington Rd, Nanaimo BC, V9S5V2
Pleasant Valley Social Center
6100 Doumont Rd, Nanaimo, BC, V9T6G7
Men's Organizations & Services
•Haven Transition House
#3-2350 Labieux Road, Nanaimo, BC V9T 3M6
•Youth Volunteer Corps
•Vancouver Island Community Knitters Association (VICKA)
Volunteer Nanaimo, #3 – 2350 Labieux Road, Nanaimo.
•Vancouver Island Technology Program
Volunteer Nanaimo 250-758-7121 or email email@example.com
•Social Enterprise Program Specialist - 'Enterprising Non-Profits
Parks and Trails:
Diver Lake Park
The lake is located 6.5 km (4 mi) northwest of Nanaimo. South on Jingle Pot Road to Labieux and turn north on Black Franks Drive for parking.
This park has:
•Boat launch and Fishing Floats
Fish for cutthroat, small mouth bass, and rainbow trout. Electric motors only. Fish on the small pier south side of the lake.
•A BC Freshwater fishing license is required for anyone over the age of 16 years. LIMIT - 4 fish per person per day.
Loudon Park & Walkway (Long Lake)
4295 Victoria Ave., Nanaimo
This park has:
•Public Showers & Washrooms
•Dock is float plane accessible
•Wheelchair-accessible fishing dock
•Paved park trails
Fish for bass and rainbow trout.
•A sandy beach for sun bathers and swimmers.
•Wildlife watching for osprey, eagles, otters, minks, racoons.
2300 Bowen Road
This park has:
•Tourist Info Center
•Pitch & Put
•City of Nanaimo owned and operated community center and park.
•This parks was named after Frank Beban one of British Columbia's head timber lords. He built his home on 160 acres of land , a couple miles north of Nanaimo. The estate was sold to the city in 1953 for park use and eventually became the Nanaimo Tourism headquarters in 1997.
•Employees of the Beban House have reported haunting stories of a young boy with a red ball lingering and playing throughout the house.
•Beban Park is home of the annual Vancouver Island Exhibition (VIEX) in late August.
•BC Ferries Routes and Schedules
•VIA Rail Train Station
•Island Coach Lines
•Nanaimo Airport, Cassidy
•Nanaimo/Long Lake Water Airport?
See also Airlines
•Nanaimo Regional General Hospital:
1200 Dufferin Crescent
Nanaimo, BC V9S 2B7
250-754-2141 or 250-755-7691
•Parksville/Qualicum 250-248-2332 (toll free)
•Our Lady of Good Counsel
3224 Jingle Pot Road
Nanaimo, BC, V9T 5P4,
•Ukranian Catholic Church
Saint Michael Archangel Ukrainian Catholic, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
•The Meeting Place Church in Nanaimo
Avalon Cinema Center, Woodgrove Mall, 6631 N. Island Highway, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
•St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
4235 Departure Bay Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, V9T 1C9
•Harbourview Seventh-day Adventist Church
1609 Meredith Road S, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
•First Baptist Church Nanaimo
1650 Waddington Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, V9S 4W3
•Harewood Community Church
501 Sixth Street, Nanaimo, BC, Canada.
• Alliance Church
1609 Meredith Road, Nanaimo, BC, Canada. V9S 5J2
•Lantzville Heritage Church
Huddlestone Park, 7244 Lantzville Road, Lantzville, BC, Canada
•First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo
Suite 1, 595 Townsite Road, Nanaimo, B.C. Canada. V9S 1K9
• Nanaimo Christian Spiritualist Centere
German Hall, 71 Caledonia Avenue, Nanaimo, BC, Canada.
•The Unity Church of Nanaimo
100 Wallace Street, Suite 3, Nanaimo, BC, Canada, V9R 5B1
•Wellington Cemetary National Historic Site
- Historical Cemetary (full)
•The Nanaimo Public Cemetary also known as the Bowen Cemetery.
Cities, Towns, Villages & Communities near Wellington:
•Thetis Island, BC.
•Yellow Point, BC.
•Deep Bay, BC.
•Red Gap, BC.