South Wellington and Area Commuity Association (SWACA)
South Wellington & Area Community Association

Welcome to the South Wellington & Area Community Association (SWACA) website. The South Wellington & Area Community Association is a non-profit, volunteer community association. South Wellington & Area, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

The SWACA Board of Directors assist to promote activities that enhance the quality of rural life for the residents of South Wellington and area.

SWACA seeks community input, and invites residents to participate in the monthly community meetings at the Cranberry Community Centre at 1555 Morden Road (next door to the Cranberry Volunteer Fire Dept hall). The SWACA membership is dedicated to further the spirit of community interaction among the residents of South Wellington and surrounding area.

Vision Statement

The South Wellington and Area Community Association (SWACA) is committed to supporting the rural values, quality of life, and sense of community, long cherished by our area residents in harmony with a clean, safe, healthy, and sustainable natural environment.


The South Wellington and Area Community Association’s objectives include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Pursue, enhance, and protect the values expressed in our Vision Statement;

  2. Support Community cultural, recreational, educational, and social activities focusing on the health and well-being of our residents;

  3. Support the acquisition, enhancement, and Community use of public facilities;

  4. Acquire, protect, and enhance significant local features and natural areas;

  5. Provide direction and leadership in dealing with Community issues;

  6. Liaise with other organizations in support of common objectives;

  7. Celebrate the South Wellington and Area Community as a good place to live, raise families, and conduct business in a holistic, community-minded way.

Policies & Procedures / Constitution & Bylaws

South Wellington & Area Community Association members are invited to review and provide comments on the draft copy of the association's Policies and Procedures, and the Constitution & Bylaws. Please email your comments to

South Wellington: Stories from the Past

A book published in May 2010 by the South Wellington Historical Committee tells the story of how our town grew from the little coal mining camp of Alexandra (South Wellington’s original name) to a community with several stores, a hotel, a sawmill, a shoe repair, Chinese laundry, a dance hall, three schools, three churches, a bank and eventually four more coal mines.

Spanning the late 1800s to the early 1950s when the last coal mine closed, the book, at 406 pages, has over 500 historical black and white photos. Stories are told by 70 families of what it was like living and working in South Wellington during the early years. Their memories are of the good times and the bad times as well as how they lived through the Depression, mine disasters, strikes, wars, fires and murders.

There are stories told by members of the early pioneer families about how their families first settled here. Maps show where they lived and where the local businesses, schools, coal mines and other landmarks were.

In the book you will discover that South Wellington had some outstanding football teams and prize-winning mine rescue and first aid teams. May Day celebrations included a parade with the South Wellington brass band leading the way. You will also find out that, after the big fire of 1914, many families in the Dick and Minto Avenue area of South Wellington lived in tents after their houses burned down. Of course, you must have already heard about the cow that wandered into the Ruckledge Store!

Our book, besides being for sale at the Nanaimo Museum, is also available at the South Wellington community markets, held at the hall on Morden Road in the spring, fall, and near Christmas. You can also arrange to purchase a copy from South Wellington Historical committee member, Helen Tilley; The price is $24.95.

Website Artwork

All artwork on this website has been kindly donated from local artist Clare Singleton.