Nestled in Nanaimo’s downtown harbour, Cameron Island is home to three waterfront condominium residences that have become part of Nanaimo harbors iconic landscape.
Made up of three separate Strata Corporations, covering the different phases of Cameron Island’s Development these buildings are constructed of solid concrete with secured underground parking, and are adjacent to transportation, medical services, the performing arts theatre, shopping, and the downtown conference centre.
The three phases consist of:
The Newcastle: 74 suites built in 1993. Named after the 743 acre Newcastle Island Provincial Park which sits in Nanaimo Harbour. This seven story “low rise” is constructed of poured concrete with secured underground parking and secured entry.
The Gabriola: 71 suites opened in 1994. This seven story “low rise” is named after the second largest of the Gulf Islands, Gabriola Island which is situated east of the city and is serviced by the small vehicle ferry which docks adjacent to Cameron Island. Built of fireproof poured concrete with secured underground parking and secured entry.
The Beacon: Vancouver Island’s tallest building with 120 suites. Fashioned after the historic “ Hudson’s Bay Company” Fort that sits overlooking the Nanaimo boat basin. First occupied in 1996, the structure has secured entry and gated underground parking. The Beacon has an indoor pool, hot tub, and exercise room.
Why is this development called Cameron Island?
Cameron Island was originally a small islet in the Nanaimo harbour. The area adjacent to the island was filled in, as was the area of the Gordon Street Parkade, where the “Port Theatre” now sits. The original small rock mount of Cameron Island still exists today- to the west of Promenade Drive. Throughout Nanaimo’s long and very colourful history this area has been - and continues to be - the centre of the Harbour City. It truly is one of a kind!
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