Nanaimo, British Columbia

Nanaimo

The Harbour City

Namaimo aerialIf you’re looking to have it all – the easy going island lifestyle with a bustling city and downtown core – Nanaimo is the place for your next home. With many district neighborhoods and areas within the Regional District of Nanaimo, you’ll find even more to your liking. The district has a total population of roughly 145,000.

The city of Nanaimo is the second largest on Vancouver Island and located on the east coast about 110km northwest of Victoria. Originally called “the Hub City” because of the street layout in the city, it’s also the gateway to many popular tourist destinations such as Tofino.

A Busy Port City

Businesses from a diverse range of industries thrive in the Nanaimo area because of the many ports that allow for ferries, barges, cruise ships and other marine traffic. Only 55km west of Vancouver, Nanaimo is most often reached by ferry from North Vancouver or Tsawwassen to Departure Bay and Duke point terminals respectively.

Making your home in Nanaimo

Living in Nanaimo means being right in the middle of everything, fantastic outdoor activities and amenities are right at your door step. If shopping and dining out are to your taste, you’ll find a diverse mix of trendy, casual and sophisticated options. Nanaimo makes a great home base for seniors summering in Canada. The weather is temperate and quite mild in the winters with wonderfully dry and warm summers.

Moving to Nanaimo?

No matter where you’re moving from, you’ll find the familiar comforts of small town living in Nanaimo, with the convenience of all the amenities found in a large metropolis. Depending on your lifestyle and desires you can choose to live in the slower paced outer areas of Nanaimo or right in the heart of the city. Learn more about the popular home buying areas in Nanaimo below.

Cassidy & Cedar Communities

Cable Bay Trail

Located just a few kilometers southeast of Nanaimo, the Cedar and Cassidy area is generally rural and focused on farming. It’s also home to the Nanaimo airport that provides service to Vancouver with a dozen daily flights as well as non-stop service to Calgary.

Cedar Farmer’s Market

Gabriola Island

Taylor Bay Gabriola
Taylor Bay Gabriola

As one of the gulf islands, Gabriola is just 5km off the shore of Vancouver Island and easily reached by a 20 minute ferry ride. With a population of just over 4,000 Gabriola Island is a thriving community with lots of public beaches, shopping opportunities, forested areas as well as a library and elementary school. If you’re an artist, making Gabriola Island home would be a good fit and give you the opportunity to be part of large annual Theatre and Arts events.

Silva Bay Gabriola
Silva Bay Gabriola

Nanoose Bay

Located northwest of Nanaimo, Nanoose Bay has a population of just under 6,000. A quiet seaside community, Nanoose Bay is also home to regional parks and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, a golf course and fabulous kayaking and hiking opportunities.

Nanoose Bay from Notch Hill
Nanoose Bay from Notch Hill

Coombs & Errington areas

Goat on the roof at Coombs Market
Goat on the roof at Coombs Market

As a popular tourist stop on the way to the west coast of Vancouver Island, Coombs is most known for the Old Country Market that features goats living on the roof. The area is west of Nanaimo and making Coombs home means being close to nature, excellent swimming holes at Englishman River Falls and Cathedral Grove, famous for it’s massive trees.

Coombs Market
Coombs Market

So you’ve decided that Nanaimo is the place for your new home, what’s next?

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