Discover Nanaimo's Waterfront

Can you imagine anything more blissful than waking up every morning to the sounds of waves crashing carelessly on sandy shores, surrounded by a salty ocean breeze, with views that may leave you feeling like you’re still dreaming?

When you call Nanaimo’s waterfront home, there’s no need for imagination, a charming coastal lifestyle is your reality!

While you certainly will never tire of your beachfront properties scenery, don’t skip out on these four local Nanaimo beaches – you may be equally as entranced with the views.

Blueback Beach

Located in North Nanaimo, discover Blueback Beach, Nanaimo’s best hidden gem!

As you follow a steep set of stairs, a cozy secluded beach awaits you at the bottom. Consider yourself warned though, the set of stairs are almost as long as the beach itself!

Wander along the rocky shore as it transitions into a beautiful sandbar, perfect for floating, wading and swimming.

You can find parking off Icarus Drive, where you’ll find a private parking lot with enough room for roughly 15 vehicles.

If you can’t score a spot, street parking is also available.

Beach Estates Park

Tucked away in Brechin Hill’s neighbourhood, follow the long, winding trail as it starts along Northfield Creek, eventually descending down the ravine into Departure Bay’s beach area.

You can expect your journey through the trail to be shady and tranquil, although the sun certainly breaks through once you hit the sandy shores!

Stretching far to the left, the beach is located away from the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal, but you can still enjoy watching ferries float in and out of the Bay.

Keep in mind that the path features boardwalks, paths and steep staircases so it might not be a perfect match for everyone, especially those in wheelchairs.

Rocky shores along Neck Point Park

Neck Point Park

Nestled at the end of Morningside Drive, just off of Hammond Bay Road, discover all 36-acres of waterfront park!

You can look forward to stunning coastal views as well as a cluster of sandy beaches, including Sunset Beach, Finn Beach, Last Beach and Indian Beach.

And, with plenty of maps and information points located throughout the park's various trails, it’s easy to find your way around the area.

History buffs will look forward to the signs that teach the local history, the flora and fauna. With tidal pools to explore, rocks to climb and wild terrain to tackle, there’s no shortage of fun at Neck Point Park.

In fact, it’s become an increasingly popular spot for divers, courtesy of the easy beach access.

As the coastline is home to an array of wildlife, including sea lions, orcas and sea otters, it’s no surprise divers are keen to get underwater! It’s even been said that a friendly local octopus hangs around the deep water face – perhaps you’ll get lucky and spot him!

Pipers Lagoon

Perfect for soaking in stunning sunsets, Pipers Lagoon 9-acre waterfront park boasts incredible views of Nanaimo’s coast line and the Georgia Strait.

Found in the Hammond Bay area, the Lagoon is actually built on a thin stretch of land with the salty sea greeting you on either side – you’ll definitely forget how close to the city you really are here!

Whether you’d like to observe some wonderful wildlife, get out in the water on your favourite boat, get your heart pumping with some kayaking or even try your hand at fishing, Pipers Lagoon offers all that and more.

If you’d like to wake up to the rhythmic pulse of the sea, where endless outdoor adventures await, it’s time to call Nanaimo’s waterfront home! Contact Carly Carey today to begin the search for your dream home. 

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