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Discover a popular wildlife spotting location on the east coast of Vancouver Island and take to the water to explore miles of untouched shoreline.

Nanoose Bay is a coastal community where lakes and sandy beaches are surrounded by forests and snow-covered mountains. This area of great beauty is a popular playground for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Hike along woodland trails, row across the bay and go bird and wildlife spotting.

Enjoy a range of recreational activities on the bay's waters. Stop by one of the beaches for a refreshing swim. Rent a kayak or canoe and visit a marina to charter a small boat for a fishing expedition. Cod, perch and flounder are among the species you can hope to catch here.

The bay is also known for its numerous scuba diving sites. Dive down to aquatic depths to see even more marine life, including sponges, scallops and Puget Sound king crabs. There are sites for all ability levels.

Experience more of the bay’s animals with a visit to the Qualicum National Wildlife Area. The 203–acre (82-hectare) lowland expanse encompasses meadows, marshes and mudflats and is home to nearly 200 animal species, including more than 100 different types of birds. Spot bald eagles and Brent geese in the sky, while on the ground you may encounter deer, otters and raccoons.

Familiarize yourself with some of the native aquatic flora by hiking the trails by Enos Lake and its nearby ponds. Walk up to the top of Notch Hill on the north side of Nanoose Harbour for the excellent views of the bay and estuary.

Sporting types may want to challenge themselves with a round or two at the Fairwinds Golf and Country Club. The course has a scenic setting with ocean and forest views and is open to players of all abilities.

Finish your day by dining on local fish specialties in a cozy restaurant or pub.

Nanoose Bay is situated between the towns of Nanaimo and Parksville and is less than a 30-minute drive from either of these locations.

Top Hotels in Nanoose Bay

Pacific Shores Resort & Spa
Pacific Shores Resort & Spa
3.5 out of 5
1600 Strougler Road, Nanoose Bay, BC
The price is CA $134 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

Located in Regional District of Nanaimo, this spa hotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Parksville Beach and ...

4/5Very Good! (322 reviews)

"Thank you. Our whole family plus dog enjoyedour stay in your wonderful resort."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 19, 2021

Pacific Shores Resort & Spa
The Lagoon Suite at Inn The Estuary
The Lagoon Suite at Inn The Estuary
Nanoose Bay, BC
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Located in Regional District of Nanaimo, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Qualicum National Wildlife Area and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Arbutus Grove ...

5/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Fantastic property with amazing view in a quiet setting

"Our accommodation was spectacular with easy access, good parking, a beautiful setting and fantastic room. There is a lot to do within a half hour drive from beaches to old growth forests. The owner was so helpful and on site. There was everything we needed in the suite as well as top notch linens ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 31, 2020

The Lagoon Suite at Inn The Estuary
Oceanfront log Cabin With Sweeping Ocean, Mountain and Sunset Vistas
Oceanfront log Cabin With Sweeping Ocean, Mountain and Sunset Vistas
Nanoose Bay, BC
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Nestled on the beach, this Regional District of Nanaimo cabin is within 6 mi (10 km) of Qualicum National Wildlife Area, Arbutus Grove Provincial Park, and Craig ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (45 reviews)
Super cozy out and out of the beaten path

"Very good experience, very clean and well stocked. The views are great and lots of wildlife right at the doorstep. Definitely a repeat!"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 23, 2020

Oceanfront log Cabin With Sweeping Ocean, Mountain and Sunset Vistas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Nanoose Bay

The Lagoon Suite at Inn The Estuary
The Lagoon Suite at Inn The Estuary
Nanoose Bay, BC

Located in Regional District of Nanaimo, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Qualicum National Wildlife Area and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Arbutus Grove ...

5/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Fantastic property with amazing view in a quiet setting

"Our accommodation was spectacular with easy access, good parking, a beautiful setting and fantastic room. There is a lot to do within a half hour drive from beaches to old growth forests. The owner was so helpful and on site. There was everything we needed in the suite as well as top notch linens ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 31, 2020

The Lagoon Suite at Inn The Estuary
Oceanfront log Cabin With Sweeping Ocean, Mountain and Sunset Vistas
Oceanfront log Cabin With Sweeping Ocean, Mountain and Sunset Vistas
Nanoose Bay, BC

Nestled on the beach, this Regional District of Nanaimo cabin is within 6 mi (10 km) of Qualicum National Wildlife Area, Arbutus Grove Provincial Park, and Craig ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (45 reviews)
Super cozy out and out of the beaten path

"Very good experience, very clean and well stocked. The views are great and lots of wildlife right at the doorstep. Definitely a repeat!"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 23, 2020

Oceanfront log Cabin With Sweeping Ocean, Mountain and Sunset Vistas
THE Sixth Most Valuable Residential Property ON Vancouver Island BC Assessment
THE Sixth Most Valuable Residential Property ON Vancouver Island BC Assessment
Nanoose Bay, BC

Nestled on the beach, this Regional District of Nanaimo vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Qualicum National Wildlife Area, Arbutus Grove Provincial Park, ...

5/5Exceptional! (56 reviews)
Just as advertised.

"Beautiful property. We loved looking at the sea all day every day we were there. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 16, 2021

THE Sixth Most Valuable Residential Property ON Vancouver Island BC Assessment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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