North Nanaimo has activities for everyone to enjoy. This is the shopping hub for the Central Island; it includes Woodgrove Centre, Vancouver Island’s largest shopping mall, Home Depot, Costco and every major brand of retail outlet you’d find in any big centre. North Nanaimo is also well known for its recreational opportunities with trails leading to the waterfront, including infamous sets of beach stairs that delight hikers who like to challenge themselves. Rutherford Ridge offers hiking, rock climbing and exceptional ocean views. In fact, views are just one reason this neighbourhood is so desirable. The area boasts Nanaimo’s newest subdivisions with many homes featuring sweeping ocean panoramas. At the heart of North Nanaimo are its most popular parks including the lush and natural Linley Valley, the picturesque Piper’s Lagoon and rugged Neck Point. It’s little wonder that these parks are so much in demand for outdoor weddings. A skate park is popular with younger people while Oliver Woods Community Centre is a gathering place for people of all ages. North Nanaimo is also home to the Avalon Theatre and Galaxy Cinema complexes for first-rate movie entertainment. It is a neighbourhood of quiet residential streets, excellent schools and superb recreational opportunities.