Vancouver Island is home to one the most diverse ecosystems in the world. It features rain forests, mountains, lakes, rivers, meadows, marshes and beaches. It’s one of the world’s best locations for birding, whale watching, and trout and salmon fishing. While the whole region is known for its natural beauty, mild climate and vibrant art scene, the Nanaimo area especially offers many desirable waterfront real estate opportunities.

Nanaimo Area Waterfront Real Estate

Nanaimo Area Waterfront Real Estate | Image Provided by VIREB


Home to over 84,000 residents, Nanaimo is Vancouver Island's second-largest urban area. Despite its municipal characteristics, it has an unparalleled natural beauty. For example, Nanaimo has over 3,400 acres (1,400 hectares) of protected green space, which includes an abundance of trails and parks open for exploration. Nicknamed the Harbor City, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the nation’s most desirable island destinations.

Nanaimo has many recreational and cultural opportunities. Residents can enjoy assorted culture, sporting, community arts and special interest groups. As such, home owners can take advantage of an energetic city pace while enjoying the relaxed ambiance of their neighbours and environment. With a mild climate to boot, Nanaimo offers a lifestyle you can’t get anywhere else in Canada.

Nanoose Bay and Fairwinds

If you can’t decide between golfing and water sports, the communities of Nanoose Bay and Fairwinds offer both. This area has many opportunities for canoeing, hiking, fishing and sailing. Despite its maritime presence, Nanoose Bay has one of the nation’s driest climates. The subdivision of Fairwinds offers luxurious golf course and oceanfront properties close to the amenities of Nanaimo and Parksville.

Qualicum Beach and Parksville

Centrally located, the Vancouver Island neighbourhoods of Qualicum Beach and Parksville are popular for their sandy beaches, year-round golfing and coastal wildlife. Both have excellent island amenities and make the ideal locale when you want to have easy access to the rest of the island. Qualicum Beach is home to around 9,000 inhabitants and has a laid-back, friendly vibe. Parksville is slightly larger and features an active environment where families with young children and retirees enjoy a high quality of life in natural surroundings.

No matter which locale you prefer on Vancouver Island, you can choose from a variety of coastal real estate options, such as urban condominiums, modern retirement homes, heritage waterfront houses or single-family residences in developed oceanfront communities. Plus, you get to enjoy outdoor activities year-round because the island has the mildest climate in all of Canada.