Nanoose Bay


The rural community of Nanoose Bay has a population of about 5,000 people. The placid atmosphere of this bayside town allows its residents and visitors to enjoy a country lifestyle with easy access to the city amenities of Parksville and Nanaimo. Located on the peninsula with a large protected harbour, Nanoose Bay area is a hot spot for vacationers seeking water sports activities – canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, and fishing. The moderate climate makes it ideal for year-round activities. The harbour is also a popular dock for visiting boats from around the world.

Nanoose Bay is named after a First Nations band related to the Nanaimo Indians and is located just north of Nanaimo on the east coast of Vancouver Island.


The temperate Pacific weather and large protected harbour are major drawing cards for boaters, kayakers and divers. For a bit of rest and retreat, visitors might choose to venture to Pacific Shores Resort & Spa to experience the ultimate getaway with access to stunning beaches, endless outdoor activities and exceptional oceanfront amenities.

Fairwinds Golf Club is a destination for the avid golfer, which rests on the southern end of Nanoose Bay. With breathtaking views, abundant wildlife and top notch facilities, Fairwinds offers a golf experience to remember.

Located on the southern shoreline of the Nanoose Bay peninsula, a hike up to Nanoose Hill will reveal stunning ocean views. This is a very popular hiking trail with burnished arbutus trees and magnificent Garry oaks.

Over 200 species of plants and more than 190 species of animals can be found at the Qualicum National Wildlife Area (Nanoose Unit). Bird watchers will delight in being able to see most species throughout the year, but large numbers are only present during migration and winter. Large concentrations of diving ducks and gulls occur in early spring, coinciding with the herring spawn. Bald Eagles are abundant in January when salmon spawn in the coastal streams and rivers.


The welcoming community feel of Nanoose Bay makes it the perfect place to call home. A diverse real estate offering sees homes perched on cliffs overlooking the bay, quaint single family homes surrounded by farm land and large stately homes with ocean and mountain views.

Your perfect gem might be waiting for you in this bay, so let us help you find it. Call us at 250-248-5600 or send an email.