Nanoose Bay Community Information

Nanoose Bay takes in several large peninsulas and can offer private acreages with forested rocky outcrops, some with truly spectacular snow-capped Vancouver Island and Coast Range mountain viewscapes immersed in blue ocean. Real estate in Nanoose Bay real estate offers privacy, natural surroundings, a small-town community feel and yet is minutes away from the city amenities of either Parksville or Nanaimo.

Photo of Craig Bay With Nanoose PeninsulasAn aerial view of Craig Bay with the Nanoose peninsulas in the background.

Climate

The Nanoose Bay area has cool wet winters with 80 to 85% of the precipitation falling between October and April. The Nanoose peninsula is also surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on three sides, resulting in less rain (about 33 inches annually) and warmer winter temperatures. Mean daily temperature range from 1 to 3°C (34 to 37°F) in January with cloud and rain from north Pacific air masses dominating the winter weather. This coastal region enjoys this significant climatic benefit from being in close proximirty to nearby Vancouver Island Mountains. As the strongest winds come in from the southwest, this region lies in the rainshadow of nearby Mt Arrowsmith and Mt Moriarty. Clouds heading in off the Pacific drop their moisture over Tofino, Ucluelet and Pt Alberni (ie. about 250 inches) , thereby giving this local microclimate a significantly drier result than both Nanaimo (ie. about 50 inches) to the south and Courtenay/Comox (ie. about 55 inches) to the north. In a normal winter, the strongest winds and perhaps some snow may come in December. Usually by the end of January the crocuses and snowdrops are blooming with Spring heralded in the later parts of February with daffodils.

The area is amenable for almost year-round gardening and golf. Environment Canada rates southeastern Vancouver Island as having the most favourable climate in all of Canada, on the basis of mild winters, abundant sunshine, little fog, light winds and low humidity. Truly a golfer, gardener or sailor's paradise!

Photo of Coast Mountains On Mainland Bc Across From Nanoose Bay AreaA sailboat is seen against the backdrop of the Coast Mountains on the B.C. mainland.
Photo of Lasqueti And Texada Islands Across From Nanoose Bay AreaLasqueti and Texada Islands across from Nanoose Bay.
Photo of Looking Across Northwest Bay To Mount ArrowsmithLooking across Northwest Bay to Mount Arrowsmith.
Photo of Mount Arrowsmith On Vancouver Island Behind Northwest BayMount Arrowsmith on Vancouver Island behind Northwest Bay.

Boaters use either the Beachcomber Marina (shown here) or the nearby Schooner Cove Marina in Fairwinds.

Photo of Beachcomber Marina At NanooseThe Beachcomber Marina and log booms in Northwest Bay.
Photo of Beachcomber Marina At Nanoose 2The Beachcomber Marina in Northwest Bay.
Photo of New Year’s Rainbow At Beachcomber MarinaA full rainbow is caught in this New Year’s day photo taken at Beachcomber Marina.
Photo of Fairwinds MarinaSchooner Cove Marina at Fairwinds in Nanoose Bay.

Golfers love the course at Fairwinds or use any of the other 5 nearby courses suited to a variety of skill sets.

Photo of Golf At Fairwinds Golf Course At Nanoose BayAerial view of Fairwinds golf course.

Nature trails abound in Nanoose Bay, accessing panoramic mountain/ocean/island vistas meandering through unique Garry oak, Arbutus and Fir forests sketched out over rocky terrain. Scuba divers frequent deep rock walls with refreshing currents providing habitat to a wide variety of colourful marine life.

Photo of Prawn Trail To MoorecroftThe Prawn Trail to Moorecroft.
Photo of Arbutus Tree Shedding BarkArbutus tree.
Photo of Access To Dive LocationsAccess to scuba diving.
Photo of Beachcomber Marine ParkBeachcomber Marine Park.

A world-class beach is found here on the white sands of Rathtrevor Beach and extend about a mile out at low tide offering unsurpassed beachcombing. Other smaller beaches are found in the area including Wall Beach, Brickyard Bay and a few others. Nature abounds in Nanoose Bay!

Photo of World Class Rathtrevor Beach At Low TideFamilies enjoying Rathtrevor Beach at low tide.
Photo of Rathtrevor BeachTall grass growing at Rathtrevor Beach.
Photo of Nuttal Bay At NanooseNuttal Bay.
Photo of Eagles At Nuttal BayA pair of eagles perched proudly at Nuttal Bay.
Photo of Sea lion At Northwest BaySmiley!
Photo of Sea lion Dive Into Northwest BaySea lion breach!
Photo of Sea lions Basking In SunSea lions in Northwest Bay basking in the sunshine.
Photo of Great Blue Heron On Log BoomA Great Blue Heron sits on a log boom in Northwest Bay.
Photo of Gull In FlightJonathan Seagull in flight.
Photo of Starfish In Northwest BayPurple starfish.
Photo of Sea Kayaking In Nanoose AreaSea kayakers enjoying one of the many rocky peninsulas and multitude of bays perfect for exploring the intertidal zone.
Photo of Nanoose And Northwest BayView of Northwest Bay from a private Nanoose Bay location.
Photo of Sunset At Nanoose AreaInteresting cloud formation dominates the skyline of this Nanoose Bay sunset.

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