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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.

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Nanoose Bay & Nearby Accommodations

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Whiskey Creek RV Campground
Nanoose Creek Campground

Nanoose Creek Campground

Nanoose Bay

Located mid-island, 10 mins drive to either Parksville or Nanaimo. Enjoy peace and tranquility of the Nanoose creek running through campsite. Large spacious sites close to beaches, golf and hiking.  Free hot showers, WiFi, internet, cablevision. Groups welcome. Pull-thrus over 125’. ... More Details
Galaxy RV (Parksville)

Galaxy RV (Parksville)

Parksville

GalaxyRV sells and services new and used RVs. Located on Vancouver Island with three locations in Duncan, Langford and Parksville. GalaxyRV carries brands like Dutchmen, Forest River, Shasta and more! Visit any of our island locations for great deals on new or used RVs and for parts and service acce ... More Details
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 ... More Details
Pathfinder Camp Resorts - Parksville

Pathfinder Camp Resorts - Parksville

Parksville

A stay at Pathfinder Camp Resorts Parksville (formerly Parry’s RV Park) will put you and your family in the heart of some of the best that BC and the Vancouver Island area has to offer. Located on The Englishman River, Pathfinder Camp Resorts Parksville lets you breathe that good ocean air, while ... More Details
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. ... More Details
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 ... More Details
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 ... More Details
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 ... More Details
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 ... More Details
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