Nanaimo is awesome!

I have lived in Nanaimo almost my whole life and have always enjoyed the proximity to oceans, lakes, rivers and mountains! These things are all very diverse and that’s what makes Nanaimo such a special place to live.

Let’s look at the Jinglepot neighbourhood and why I live here and love it!

My backyard looking towards Mt. Benson

Weird Nanaimo Names

 Jinglepot! Let’s just start with the name, who doesn’t love a fun name that is not only a road but defines an entire area in Nanaimo? Thanks to our former “Pirate Mayor” Frank Ney, who served our community in some capacity during the late 60’s all the way to 90’s. As a developer, Frank Ney, was involved in naming many streets in Nanaimo. As you get to know our wonderful community you will notice such street names as, Twiggly Wiggly Road, Bob-o-link Road or as you will see in the Departure Bay neighbourhood there’s a whole Robin Hood themed area!

The Jinglepot area is special because it backs onto Mt. Benson, has rural farm land and urban areas, it also spans over the city of Nanaimo and The Regional District of Nanaimo. One of the most beautiful areas in Jinglepot is known as Benson Meadows, it slopes down Mt. Benson with views that stretch over the Nanaimo Harbour, over to Vancouver and on a clear day you can see Mt. Baker. Large lots and stately homes make this pocket of Jinglepot very sought after.

South Jinglepot and North Jinglepot 

South Jinglepot is near Westwood Lake, Calder Road (a huge hill that is great for tobogganing when the city shuts down due to snow), Cather’s Lake, and Twiggly Wiggly Road.... see what I mean about the names? This area is next to the new Parkway for easy access to the rest of Nanaimo. The Jinglepot pub hosts music trivia nights, karaoke, and has a coffee shop attached to it. Adjacent to the JP (as us locals call it) is a gas station, convenience store, liquor store and Splitzville bowling!

North Jinglepot is more rural and most of it is in the Nanaimo Regional District area. Shady mile is a long stretch of treed road, and on Hallowe’en you will see the street lined with jack-o-lanterns!

Shady Mile Jack-o-laterns!

I personally live on Jinglepot road and what I love most about it is the proximity to the Nanaimo parkway, the central location and the fact that I can be downtown in 15 minutes. All that proximity to convenience and my home feels like I’m on a rural acreage somewhere far away.

My backyard

Ammonite Falls and Mt. Benson Trails

We can’t talk about his neighbourhood without mentioning Ammonite Falls Regional Trail and the beautiful Mt. Benson Regional Park. Here you can climb to the top of Mt. Benson and enjoys views stretching over the Georgia Straight all the way to Vancouver, or head over to the Ammonite climb down ropes to hear the roar of the majestic Ammonite Falls.

Ammonite Falls

I hope you enjoyed this "tour"! I look forward to meeting you and helping you discover Nanaimo!

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