Nanoose Bay

" Community cannot for long feed on itself; it can only flourish with the coming of others from beyond, their unknown and undiscovered brothers. "

Howard Thurman 


Nanoose Bay is located 26 kilometres north of Nanaimo on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Nanoose Bay is home to the Nanoose First Nations and 4,800 permanent residents. 

Nanoose Bay was established in the late 1800’s. Thanks in part to its large sheltered deep water bay, by the 1910’s Nanoose Bay was booming. There was a brick factory and a gun powder manufacturing plant. The largest lumber mill in the Pacific North West was located on the Nanoose Peninsula. A town known as Red Gap, built mostly on stilts, sprang up around the mill. The mill catered primarily to the Japanese. With the start of WW II, the mill lost its main customer and the business collapsed. The Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental Test Range facility sits on the old mill site. 

Today Nanoose Bay is a quiet rural community. There are several marinas in and around Nanoose Bay. Nanoose Bay is home to one of the best golf courses on Vancouver Island. There are hiking and mountain biking trails. Nanoose Bay is a popular destination for fishing, kayaking, sailing, and windsurfing. The accessible beaches are great for beachcombing or digging for clams. The Art Loop is a great way to explore the Peninsula and source out some fine artisans. 

Services are basic in Nanoose Bay. Located half way between Nanaimo and Parksville, one has a full range of services available within a short drive. In Nanoose Bay there is an elementary school, churches, grocery store, credit union, liquor store, gas station, doctor, dental clinic, video store, pharmacy, community centre, and a library. There are farm gate sales throughout the community. There are several restaurants and pubs to choose from. 

If you are considering calling Nanoose Bay home, BC Island has detailed listings of homes and properties for sale in Nanoose Bay.

Your West has an Accommodations Directory with a complete list of the bed & breakfasts, cabins & cottages, condos & suites, farm stays, hotels, inns & motels, lodges, resorts & retreats, and vacation homes available to welcome you to Nanoose Bay. Alternatively, a complete list of campgrounds and rv parks can be found in the Your West Recreation & Leisure Directory.

While staying in Nanoose Bay, what better way to learn about the community than to seize the opportunity for some fun, food, and education! Your West has a complete range of directories for you to enjoy everything Nanoose Bay has to offer. Plan out your day, your weekend, or your week in Nanoose Bay using Your West Coast directories that include Arts Culture & HeritageFarms Farmers & FoodFestivals & EventsRecreation & Leisure, and Business & Services.

Community Events:

Check the Nanoose Bay community calendar on Your West every day for upcoming annual events, arts, meetings, recreation, music, and education in your community.