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Nanaimo Neighbourhoods


Brechin Hill

Convenience and character reign supreme in this wonderful neighbourhood. Perched along the hillside, over looking the Nanaimo Harbour and Newcastle Island, there are wonderful ocean views with plenty of action from boats and seaplanes passing by. A very strong neighbourhood association adds some old-fashioned community spirit. Commuting from this neighbourhood is unparalleled, with extremely close access to the BC Ferries, seaplanes, and marinas.


Sprawling farms, manufactured homes, Oceanside luxury properties and rural family homes intermingle in this area of Nanaimo, set between the Nanaimo River and the stunning sandstone coastline. There’s no reason to “cross the bridge” once you realize everything you want is here: great restaurants & pubs, grocery shopping, stunning parks, and easy access to BC Ferries and Cassidy Airport.


Central Nanaimo

The Nanaimo Regional General Hospital is the hub of activity in this neighbourhood. Mixed-use properties are becoming more predominant, with major traffic corridors running through this area. Large apartment buildings and established family homes sit near Nanaimo’s two largest parks: Beban and Bowen. Lots of green spaces and many schools, make this a family friendly area.

Chase River

Tucked away south of downtown is this blossoming suburb. Old farmhouses, eclectic post-war homes and burgeoning new developments are situated in the river valley. Large lots, lots of trees, schools and parks, make this a family friendly neighbourhood. Continued development of amenities at Southgate Plaza and easy access to the Parkway lend convenience to this once rural area.

Departure Bay

Centrally located along Nanaimo’s gorgeous waterfront, this is one of Nanaimo’s most sought after neighbourhoods. Departure Bay itself, is a lovely spot to swim in the ocean, play in the park or sit and watch the world go by.

Excellent schools and plenty of outdoor parks and playgrounds make this a popular neighbourhood for families. Situated between the ocean at Departure Bay and the Nanaimo Golf & Country Club, this neighbourhood has been coveted since the 1970’s. A mixture of architecture, ocean views, large yards, mature trees and quiet streets make this an excellent neighbourhood for anyone.

Diver Lake

Once a bustling coal-mining town in it’s own right, Wellington has long been absorbed by the City of Nanaimo. There are some buildings left from the old days, but most of the homes have been built since the mid-1970s. Diver Lake This is a well-developed, central, family neighbourhood.


This rural neighbourhood, accessed from the “back roads” provides undeniable privacy and a quiet lifestyle. Once the rival township to Nanaimo, there are farmhouses and miner’s cottages still, along with newer construction. Surrounded by forest trails and close to the Nanaimo River, this is a great little community.

Hammond Bay

Stretching along the hillside, overlooking the ocean, many consider this the pinnacle of Nanaimo living. Piper’s Lagoon and Neck Point, some of the nicest oceanfront parkland right at your doorstep. Older properties on large lots with mature landscaping line the waterfront, while newer ocean view homes climb up the hill.

North Nanaimo

With unobstructed views of the Winchelsea Islands, Straight of Georgia, Sechelt and the Coastal Mountains, this neighbourhood offers a true West Coast lifestyle. Easy access to Nanaimo’s largest selection of amenities, including Woodgrove Mall, Costco, movie theatres and more. Great schools and access to wonderful beaches and parks make this one of Nanaimo’s most sought after neighbourhoods.

Lower Lantzville

This is a quaint village on the sea, with eclectic family homes and stunning waterfront estates. Great public access to a variety of beaches. Out of the way, but close to all the amenities of North Nanaimo.

Old City

Nanaimo’s heritage shines in its city centre.  Classic homes intermingle with new condominiums and commercial spaces. If location is key, then the Old City is ideal. Walk to the waterfront, or any of the plethora of specialty shops, pubs, restaurants, and all the everyday necessities, too. In the heart of Downtown you’ll find the Old City Quarter, Entertainment & Art’s District, and Port Theatre. There are new adventures to be had at every turn.

North Jingle Pot

New luxurious country estates mix with family homes, ALR farmland, and equestrian properties. Situated at the base of Mt. Benson, surrounded by plenty of nature, including Mount Benson Regional Park, Ammonite Falls and Brannen Lake.

Pleasant Valley

Tucked away from the bustle of North Nanaimo, but conveniently close to all the amenities it provides. Pleasant Valley is a lovely family neighbourhood with its own Farmer’s Market, Community Centre, and Pub. At its centre, picturesque Brannen Lake with great recreation opportunities for boaters, kayakers and swimmers.

South Jingle Pot

Leaving Nanaimo’s downtown and heading up the mountain, you’ll find this remarkable quiet, pastoral neighbourhood, not too far from any amenities.

Pastoral horse farms and a mixture of family homes are sprawled out with Westwood Lake as a magnificent centre piece for swimming, fishing and hiking.

South Nanaimo

Heritage houses, apartment buildings and commercial properties intermingle between tall trees and the ocean. Young families, artists, plenty of schools, and a close community spirit create a vibrant neighbourhood.

Conveniently close to the shops, services and restaurants of Southgate Plaza and easy access to Downtown Nanaimo and BC Ferries. Historically, this area of Nanaimo was known as “5 Acres” – with small farms covering the neighbourhood. The pastoral charm and quiet energy still remains. There are large swaths of Douglas Fir forests and plenty of views of Mount Benson. Tucked away, but still very accessible to shopping, schools, parks & recreation facilities’.  This is a fabulous, family friendly neighbourhood.

University District

Surrounding the ever-growing Vancouver Island University, this neighbourhood is full of families and students. Old and new homes sit on established streets dotted with laneways and mature trees. Many parks and rec amenities are in this neighbourhood, including the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and the Nanaimo Ice Centre. Walk to some of Nanaimo’s best parks Colliery Dam, Morrel Sanctuary & Buttertubs Marsh. Easy access to the Parkway and Downtown Nanaimo for all the shopping, dining and entertainment you could want.


Conveniently located just North of Central Nanaimo, Uplands is a mixture of family homes, adult orientated patio home communities, and commercial space. Oliver Woods Community Centre sits at the heart of this neighbourhood with great activities for all ages. Bordering the Island Highway are large commercial spaces with fantastic amenities, including retail shopping, groceries, restaurants and even the renowned Longwood Brew Pub.

Upper Lantzville

This neighbourhood has a very rural feeling, yet it is so close to all the amenities of North Nanaimo. Larger lots and mature landscaping, lend to the privacy. There are some stunning views over the Winchelsea Islands and Nanoose Bay.

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