A hundred years ago, residents of Extension might have laughed about the possibility of their town being considered merely a neighbourhood of the rival township of Nanaimo. But when the mines closed, Extension was virtually abandoned by the thousands of workers who had made it a bustling community, even with its own Chinatown.
Today, Extension is pretty, rural, and almost completely hidden. It's accessible via Extension Rd, just south of Cinnabar Valley — about 17 minutes' drive from downtown Nanaimo.
Homes in Extension present an opportunity for an inexpensive, large building with a big lot. There are lots of farmhouses and converted miner's cottages, as well as post-war homes and newer construction as well.
Many people choose Extension for its quiet lifestyle within close range of the city. Others are the born'n'raised type who have good roots and great memories in this little community. Check out some of the conversation about Extension Village on our forum. Extension sounds like a nice place to grow up.
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