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.
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!
Boaters use either the Beachcomber Marina (shown here) or the nearby Schooner Cove Marina in Fairwinds.
Golfers love the course at Fairwinds or use any of the other 5 nearby courses suited to a variety of skill sets.
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.
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!
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