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About Nanaimo

The stretch of uneven coastline that has now become an economic centre of retail, tourism, and a lively arts culture was first occupied by the Coast Salish people, also known as the Snuneymuxw, from which the city’s name, “Nanaimo” is derived. Nanaimo first began as a company coal mining town owned by the Hudson’s Bay Company. In the 1940’s, as the industrial demand for coal decreased, the main economy of the town shifted to lumber.

Real Estate Statistics
Total Listings 613
Average Price $628,261
Highest Price $4,900,000
Lowest Price $74,900

Sprawled on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, with the Salish Sea on three fronts and Mt. Benson rising at its back, the harbour city of Nanaimo is both a place of abundant natural beauty, with its numerous parklands and beaches, and a bustling urban hub of activity. Ferry services connect Nanaimo to mainland Vancouver as well as to nearby Newcastle Island (Saysutshun) Provincial Park, Protection Island, and Gabriola Island. Nanaimo also serves as the main access point to the northern parts of Vancouver Island.
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Photo of Listing #468539

3127 Northwood Road, Nanaimo

$4,800,000 - 6 Beds, 7 Baths, 7,467 Sf

MLS® # 468539

Sotheby's International Realty Canada
Photo of Listing #467146

3887 Gulfview Drive, Nanaimo

$2,999,000 - 5 Beds, 8 Baths, 5,693 Sf

MLS® # 467146

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)
Photo of Listing #465578

3070 Nelson Road, Nanaimo

$2,899,900 - 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 5,778 Sf

MLS® # 465578

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo
Photo of Listing #469130

2920 Meadow Drive, Nanaimo

$2,599,988 - 7 Beds, 6 Baths, 7,104 Sf

MLS® # 469130

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo
Photo of Listing #469023

2800 Benson View Road, Nanaimo

$2,495,000 - 4 Beds, 5 Baths, 8,145 Sf

MLS® # 469023

The Agency
Photo of Listing #464990

3716 Belaire Drive, Nanaimo

$2,380,000 - 4 Beds, 5 Baths, 4,455 Sf

MLS® # 464990

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)
Photo of Listing #465235

1326 Ivy Lane, Nanaimo

$2,290,000 - 4 Beds, 6 Baths, 4,678 Sf

MLS® # 465235

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)
Photo of Listing #469156

3270 Ridgeview Place, Nanaimo

$2,100,000 - 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 5,952 Sf

MLS® # 469156

RE/MAX First Realty (PK)
Photo of Listing #467995

6690 Jenkins Road, Nanaimo

$2,000,000 - 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,538 Sf

MLS® # 467995

460 Realty Inc. (Parksville)
Photo of Listing #457163

Ph4-10 Chapel Street, Nanaimo

$2,000,000 - 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 2,501 Sf

MLS® # 457163

RE/MAX Anchor Realty (QU)
Photo of Listing #463483

3030 Graham Road, Nanaimo

$1,988,000 - 4 Beds, 2 Baths, 2,690 Sf

MLS® # 463483

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)
Photo of Listing #467936

5019 Hinrich View, Nanaimo

$1,790,000 - 7 Beds, 4 Baths, 4,486 Sf

MLS® # 467936

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Explore Nanaimo


Due to the natural amphitheatre-like hillslopes of the land, most homes in Nanaimo boast spectacular landscape or waterfront views, even the ones further away from the harbour itself. This feature lends to an abundance of prime real estate properties in Nanaimo that has the best of both worlds: the serenity of nature and urban amenities. The radial layout of the roads in downtown Nanaimo is also one of the city’s key features. The streets fan out from the harbour, following the natural shape of the land and easily connecting all roads to and from the heart of the city: the harbour.


Architectural remnants of the city’s coal mining heritage and British colonial culture still currently dot the landscape, especially in the Old City Quarter of the downtown area. Homes began in Nanaimo (then called Colviletown) as rough, temporary log cabins meant to house the coal mine workers. The company town became a true settlement at the arrival of 24 of the miners’ families. To house these families, timber duplex cottages were built in a row along Front Street, close to the harbour. Later, five acre real estate properties were offered to mine workers by the company on a rent-to-own basis. A few of the original farms still exist today in Nanaimo’s Harewood neighbourhood.

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Nanaimo Trivia:

Nanaimo’s most prominent landmark is the Bastion; an octagonal shaped fortification built in 1852 by two French Canadian loggers. The Bastion had been used as a jail, a store, a clubhouse, and a museum. Today it serves as a heritage interpretative centre. The multi-layered confection, the Nanaimo Bar, originates from this city. Although the true story of it’s origin has dissolved into various legends, the city celebrates its most famous chocolate dessert with a 34-stop Nanaimo Bar Trail that leads the explorer to all the different incarnations of the Nanaimo Bar, from a traditional brownie-shaped bar, to a milkshake, a martini, and a pedicure, among others.

Nanaimo is also known for its annual Bathtub races, involving a bathtub boat which now draws racers from all over the world. The first Bathtub race took place in 1967, with the full support of the mayor, Frank Ney, also known as “Pirate Frank” for his habit of attending civic events dressed as a pirate.

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