The Georgia Greenway (Phase 1)

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What is the Georgia Greenway?

The Georgia Greenway is a proposed 3.1km active transportation corridor through Harewood that promotes greater pedestrian and cycling activity.  Once fully completed, it will link a number of key destinations across the community including schools, parks, sport fields, and commercial areas.

Phase 1 of the Georgia Greenway is a new 0.5km multi-use trail between Sixth Street and Seventh Street.  It provides students, pedestrians and cyclists a dedicated route through Harewood Centennial Park that provides greater accessibility, connectivity and safety. Phase 1 includes:

  • a new multi-use trail between Sixth Street and Seventh Street,
  • a new pedestrian and cycling bridge over the Chase River,
  • new led lighting along the trailway, and 
  • safety enhancements at the intersection crossings of Georgia Avenue and Sixth Street; and Georgia Avenue and Seventh Street.

The Georgia Greenway is supported by the Harewood Neighbourhood Plan, the Official Community Plan, the Harewood Centennial Park Master Plan, and the Nanaimo Transportation Master Plan.

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Through completing projects like the Georgia Greenway, the City takes another step towards creating a more livable and environmentally sustainable community where walking and cycling are key components of the transportation system.

Click on the image below for a map showing the improvements included in Phase 1 of the Georgia Greenway project.

Georgia Greenway Phase 1 - Project Map

Join Us At The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

A ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the first phase of the Georgia Greenway will take place at the start of the Nanaimo Earth Day celebrations this Saturday, April 27 at 10:30 am.  The event will be held at the new pedestrian and cyclist bridge, located behind the covered space. 

The Ribbon Cutting is only one part of the Earth Day Celebration events and we invite everyone to check out this community event. To learn more about the Nanaimo Earth Day please visit their website at

Earth Day

Want to Know More?

Find even more information under the tabs below, including photos from the construction work!

Or contact us:

Kurtis Noble
Capital Project Management Specialist
City of Nanaimo

  • Progress

    Construction Almost Complete

    Construction of Phase 1 of the Georgia Greenway is almost complete. See below for some photos from the construction.   


    Above, Bridge foundation piles being installed


    Above, Bridge girders being lifted in place with crane


    Above, Precast concrete bridge deck panels being lifted into place


    Above, Bridge handrails installed



    Above, Working on south bridge approach



    Above, Preparing base gravels for trailway


    Above, Preparing for asphalt paving


    Above, Asphalt paving of trailway


    Above, Asphalt paving complete, landscaping in progress


    Above, Bridge paved and lighting installed


    Above, Asphalt paving around washroom building



  • Documents
  • Details

    Click on the image below for a map that shows Phase 1 of the Georgia Greenway along with some of the key elements of the project.

    Georgia Greenway Phase 1 - Project Map

    Click on the image below for a map showing the planned route of the Georgia Greenway including the recently completed Phase 1 and future phases.

    Georgia Greenway Overall Map

    Complete Streets + Georgia Greenway

    Complete streets refers to transportation guidelines and design approach that supports safe and comfortable travel for users of all ages and abilities, regardless of their mode of transportation. The Georgia Greenway supports Complete Streets guidelines. Phase 1 is mainly an off street multi-use trailway, but future phases will be more integrated within existing streets. 

    Want to know more about Compete Streets and how the City of Nanaimo is working to develop our own Complete Streets Guidelines?  Check out the project web page at



  • Background

    Nanaimo City Council identified the Georgia Avenue Pedestrian / Cycling Bridge over the Chase River project as one of the Top 5 Key Capital Projects and Initiatives in the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan Update. This bridge is the main component of Phase 1 of the Georgia Greenway.  Without this bridge, Phase 1 would not be possible.

    The Georgia Greenway is supported by the Harewood Neighbourhood Plan, the Official Community Plan, the Harewood Centennial Park Master Plan, and the Nanaimo Transportation Master Plan.

    The 2013 Harewood Neighbourhood Plan includes an Urban Design Framework that is intended to provide overall direction and help guide future development within Harewood.  One of the key strategies identified in the plan is to:

    “Create a neighbourhood street bikeway on Georgia Avenue, including a multi use path across Harewood Centennial Park, and a multi modal bridge across Chase River. This route will utilize rear lanes as well as sections of Georgia Avenue between Fourth Street and Eighth Street. Over time, the route could be developed into a full greenway street with traffic calming features to limit / slow vehicular traffic.” Page 72, Harewood Neighbourhood Plan 

    Our goal is to create a comfortable experience for users of all ages, abilities, and confidence level by incorporating a variety of pedestrian and cycling facilities such as multi-use pathways, traffic calmed local streets, and improved road crossings.




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