PAC - About our Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood Tour

A map would be helpful, until then...

Mount Benson Catchment = Wellington

The Mount Benson Catchment is the Wellington Neighbourhood, formerly the town of Wellington.

Diver Lake - Old Wellington

Most of Mount Benson School's Catchment is located in Census area called Diver Lake. This is the oldest area and had homesteads and a saloon in the 1800s even before the town of Wellington Sprung up around the mine. (Robert Dunsmuir was up fishing and visiting the Saloon when he "stumbled" upon coal on a fallen tree's roots)

The South-East corner of Diver Lake Census area is part of the Northfield Neighbourhood, and is the home of Coal Tyee Elementary School.

Wellington Townsite - Long Lake

Just north of the school the Island Highway and E&N railway seperate the former townsite of North Wellington, from Diver Lake. This area of the Wellington Neighbourhood is counted in the Census area called Long Lake. The former town of Wellington included all of the Long lake census area, but as neighbourhoods, the North side of Long Lake is now called Uplands.

If you are wondering, the lake used to be longer.

Wellington - Jingle Pot

To the North-West of the school lies Brannen lake, and the houses on the south side of Brannan lake are also part of Mount Benson's catchment, and are included in the census area we refer to as "Jingle Pot" (only the Northern part of Jingle Pot is in Mount Benson's Catchment).

Like the rest of Wellington it is a mining area, with the old roads named after more recent miners like Biggs.

With Age Brings Diversity

Mount Benson's Wellington neighbourhood is as diverse as you would expect a 135+ year old neighbourhood to be. It has gone through many transformations, included having its buildings trundled off to some upstart town in the south just when it was hitting its prime. (late 1890s) The result of 135 years of change is a neighbourhood which has every type of housing and every type of business. It has schools, lakes, parks, shopping malls, commercial businesses, trails, aquatic centre, bus loops, library and the list goes on. The neighbourhood variety doesn't end there, the community is very diverse both socially and demographically, achieving a balance of urban, suburban and rural which is virtually unheard of in North America. (Cows poking at the school fence, located behind an apartment building.)

Because of its age, Wellington's diversity works. While it is different, it is also cohesive. At the centre of the cohesion is the school, which has taught wellington students from the same location for almost all of the neighbourhoods 135+ year history. Thank you Robert Dunsmuir for selecting such a choice location for a school.

Family Oriented

By Nanaimo standards the neighbourhood is growing slowly. But growing is not the important part, it is how you grow.

More Children

As a family neighbourhood we now lead the way in the region by having the highest proportion of children elementary school age or younger. Excuse the pun, but the Wellington Neighbourhood is currently enjoying a rebirth as a family area in a time when families seem to be getting rarer, and smaller. Our diverse housing allows families to buy a home, then upgrade to a bigger home in the same neighbourhood.

Healthier Children

And as more and more families move to the Wellington Neighbourhood, they appear to be making the neighbourhood even healthier for children. The UBC 'Early Childhood Instrument has the Diver Lake children as some of the most well adapted Kindergarteners in entire school district. Perhaps its the neighbourhood's age, perhaps its the diversity or perhaps it is just the children and their families. Keep up the good work everyone.


Coloured Map showing who has the most kids per capita

Early Development Indicators for School Districts 68 & 69 (Last Page shows summary, Wave 2 is most recent, Diver Lake scored 13.3 next was hammond bay at 20.9...)