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Hiking the Notch Trail in Nanoose Bay Photo Courtesy Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism

Nanoose Bay

Nanoose Bay is a small seaside resort between Nanaimo and Parksville on the eastern shore of Central Vancouver Island. Within the area is Beachcomber Regional Park, a one hectare oceanside park situated at the end of Nanoose’s Beachcomber Peninsula, and offers spectacular views west across Craig Bay to Parksville and Mount Arrowsmith and north across the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia) to the mainland coastal mountains. At low tide, large flat rocks are exposed which makes great territory for exploring and tide pool investigating. The larger Moorecroft Regional Park has a long beach with spectacular views across the water. This park also contains a wetland area and a network of trails. Picnicking, swimming, biking and walking are popular. While in the area do some paddling, fishing and sailing or just walk the trails, have a round of golf and follow the art loop and scenic drive to the working studios of the Nanoose Bay Peninsula’s many artisans.

Location

Nanoose Bay is located 26 km (16 mi) north of Nanaimo and 15 km (9 mi) south of Parksville, just off Hwy 19 on the east coast of Vancouver Island.

A Step Back in Time

Nanoose Bay is named after a First Nations band related to the Nanaimo Indians. According to local theory, the word means ‘Pushing Forward’ – a reference to the shape of Nanoose Bay, which is a six-kilometre long deepwater bay formed by the peninsula.

Contact Information

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Nanoose Bay & Nearby Accommodations

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Whiskey Creek RV Campground
Nanoose Creek Campground

Nanoose Creek Campground

Nanoose Bay

Conveniently located mid island, 10 mins drive to either Parksville or Nanaimo. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of a small campground with large spacious sites close to beaches, golf courses and hiking. Free hot showers, internet, free WiFi, cablevision. Groups welcome. Pull-thrus over 125’. ... Read more
Brannen Lake RV Park & Campsite

Brannen Lake RV Park & Campsite

Nanaimo

40 acres of trees, grass & quiet. Minutes from major shopping. 110 acre lakefront farm adjoining campsite. Nightly hayrides. Swimming, hiking trails, boat-ramp, wharf, store, hot showers, flush toilets, laundry and playground. Full/partial hook-ups serving tents to R.V.'s towing a vehicle. Call us t ... Read more
Surfside R.V. Resort

Surfside R.V. Resort

Parksville

Five star Woodall rated. Oceanfront RV Resort; full hookups; no tents or tent trailers, sani-station, showers, laundry, outdoor pool, hot tub; on wildlife nature reserve, near shopping and restaurants, reservations accepted, major credit cards. Golf discounts available. ... Read more
Jinglepot RV Park & Campgrounds

Jinglepot RV Park & Campgrounds

Nanaimo

Time amid garden rocks, flower fragrance, fountain sounds and bird's song. Serene, peaceful, full facilities, pull-thrus. Separate or group tenting area. Central and great convenient location for all of the island and Nanaimo including ferries. 15/30/50 amp, cable, city sewer, city water, cable, int ... Read more
Inn on Long Lake

Inn on Long Lake

Nanaimo

With a central location in Nanaimo, Inn on Long Lake is the perfect property as a base to explore the East Coast of Vancouver Island. With newly renovated rooms and private balconies, guests are guaranteed to enjoy a relaxing and scenic view of Long Lake. All rooms are equipped with a fridge, microw ... Read more
Sea Edge Motel

Sea Edge Motel

Parksville

Situated on the beach in downtown Parksville, enjoy sunrises and sunsets from your own deck at Sea Edge Motel. In the morning, afternoon or evening, stroll across our lawn to the wide sandy beach to catch sight of the beautiful views. All of our rooms have gorgeous panoramic views of the beach, ocea ... Read more
Paradise Sea-Side Resort

Paradise Sea-Side Resort

Parksville

Deluxe RV Park and motel located on the edge of beautiful Parksville Bay. Acres of safe sandy beach. Adjacent to world famous Paradise Fun Park, two 18-hole mini-golf courses, bumper boats and arcade. Easy walk to several fine restaurants. Watch for giant Old Woman's Show and Castle. Pets permitted ... Read more
Paradise Sea-Shell Motel

Paradise Sea-Shell Motel

Parksville

Located a short walk away from one of the sandiest and safest beaches on Vancouver Island, Paradise Sea-Shell Motel is the ideal accommodation to stay in while visiting Parksville. Offering clean, affordable rooms at great rates, guests can pick the best room to suit their needs. The different types ... Read more
Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV

Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV

Nanaimo

Immerse yourself in 53 forested, waterfront acres year round at Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV Park. With over 345 ocean side, ocean view, forested sites for RVs, guests will enjoy the array of amenities, including WiFi, laundry mat, shower and bathroom facilities, games room, playground, s ... Read more
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