Life in Nanaimo is centred around outdoor activity. There are endless opportunities to enjoy nature and experience the unique culture in the community. For those who love the outdoors, you can traverse the 170 kilometres of trails winding through Nanaimo or get active in one of the dozens of parks across 880 hectares of parkland. The Nanaimo River Regional Park is a conservation area where residents can camp, fish, swim, hike, bike, and picnic while immersed in one of the few remaining natural forests along the Nanaimo River. In Petroglyph Provincial Park you’ll be surrounded by wildlife and get the chance to view ancient prehistoric stone carvings preserved throughout the park.
Families with active lifestyles can engage in all kinds of sports, activity, and recreation at nearby amenities including Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, Oliver Woods Community Centre, Frank Crane Arena, Pottery Studio at Bowan Park, and more. You can mountain bike around the outskirts of Nanaimo and immerse yourself in the exceptional wildlife or take advantage of the pristine waterfront and swim, sail, canoe, or kayak at the water’s edge. Nanaimo is a dynamic community that is home to a few distinct neighbourhoods including Hammond Bay and Departure Bay, each with its own unique environment and real estate selection.
Nanaimo is a highly sought-after community which means housing availability in this area is typically low. There is a mix of condos, single-family homes, and ranch-style bungalows with great views of the waterfront thanks to the area’s sloped topography. There are also many new developments with single-family homes and some multi-family properties, as well as mid-range new construction homes and low-rise apartment buildings popping up in the area.