Bergen-Op-Zoom! Bob-o-link! Weird Nanaimo street names explained

Posted by Carly Carey on Sunday, October 11th, 2020 at 9:18am.

Welcome to quirky Nanaimo! Where the people are friendly, the water views are plentiful and the street names are, well, just plain weird at times!

A big thanks to our weird and wonderful former Mayor, Frank Ney! He was a visionary, a leader, and had a wonderful imagination! Not only did Mayor Ney serve as Nanaimo's mayor on and off from the 1970s - 1990s, he was also a real estate developer. You will be able to immediately identify the neighbourhoods he developed or worked on because of their fun themes and unique names.

Yes, Bergen-Op-Zoom Drive is an actual street in the North end of Nanaimo! 

In the Hammond Bay/Departure Bay Area of Nanaimo you will find an entire Robin Hood themed neighbourhood. This area was developed in the late 70's into the realy 80's and the homes situated on the side of Sugar Loaf Mountain! Offering beautiful views of Departure Bay, Mt. Benson and the downtown Harbour. Here you will find majestic street names such as Sherwood Drive, Smugglers Hill, and King Richard Drive. The houses in the area range in styles from mid-century modern to newer luxury homes. 

 There are 2 small gulf islands located in the downtown Nanaimo Harbour, Saysutshun Newcastle Island and Protection Island. Protection island was developed by Frank Ney and you guessed it! The theme is pirates! The island was developed in the 1970's and became officially a part of the city of Nanaimo. This is significant because unlike other gulf island, Protection island runs on city water instead of well water. The residences of the island use golf carts as their main source of transportation, some kayak to Nanaimo for their daily commute to work and of course the floating pub is always a fun place to eat! Here you will find unpaved roads with names such as Captain Morgan's Way. 

Nanaimo is full of charm and quirks and it's one of the many reasons I'm so proud to call this place home!

Carly Carey
Re/Max Nanaimo

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