Nanoose Bay Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Cathedral Grove with its huge douglas firs is just one of the many attractions in this little bit of heaven. Englishman River Falls, Little Qualicum Falls, Coombs Country Market with its goats on the roof are a few others.
Nanoose Bay in Figures
Nanoose Bay has a population of 207.
The Nanoose Peninsula has a population of 5,000.
Nanoose Bay is known for its abundance of marinas, one as large as 400 berths.
From Victoria and the southern Vancouver Island Nanoose Bay can be reached by driving north on Highway 19. No matter if you arrive by car, RV, motorcycle, or bicycle you will enjoy the ride.
From the northern Vancouver Island you have the option of choosing the four-line express route of Highway 19 or enjoying the more leisurely pace of taking the Oceanside Route of the original coastal Highway 19A.
Qualicum Beach - Nanoose Bay 23 km (14 mi)
Parksville - Nanoose Bay 12 km (7.5 mi)
Comox Valley - Nanoose Bay 85 km (53 mi)
Campbell River - Nanoose Bay 129 km (80 mi)
Lantzville - Nanoose Bay 13 km (8 mi)
Nanaimo - Nanoose Bay 24 km (15 mi)
Victoria - Nanoose Bay 135 km (84 mi)
Jedediah Island Marine Provincial Park
Location: Between Lasqueti and Texada islands in the Sabine Channel of Georgia Strait.
Jedediah Island Marine Provincial Park is a 243 ha park between Lasqueti and Texada islands in the Sabine Channel of Georgia Strait. The park is accessed by boat. Boating excursions to Jedediah Island are available at the marina of Nanoose Bay. It is the largest and most diverse island of a chain of over thirty islands and rocky islets located north and west of Lasqueti Island. It has been designated as a provincial park in 1995 offering an ideal destination for hikers, campers, and kayakers alike.
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
Location: 13 km southwest of Parksville
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park is a 97-hectare park along the pristine Englishman River near Errington. The park is noted for the beauty of its two beautiful waterfalls, reached by easy walking trails. The park features a lush old growth forest of Douglas-fir, cedar, hemlock and maple. Enjoy the spectacular view from the bridges crossing the river accessible from the main trail. The park is popular with campers who enjoy the well-maintained campsites during summer.
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
Location: 3 km south of Parksville on Hwy 19A.
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is a 347-hectare park at the mouth of the Englishman River south of Parksville. It is one of the most premier destinations on Vancouver Island, featuring a sandy beach with campsites nestled among majestic old growth trees. It is a family-oriented park and reservation is a must if you care for a campsite. The park is a heaven for youngsters of all ages who enjoy this unbeatable playground for swimming and saltwater fun.
MacMillan Provincial Park
Location: On Highway #4 25 km west of Qualicum Beach and 16 km east of Port Alberni.
MacMillan Provincial Park is a 136-hectare park at the western end of Cameron Lake. Cathedral Grove, the main feature of the park, is one of the most accessible stands of giant Douglas- fir trees on Vancouver Island. Enjoy these unique 800-year-old giants while walking through this virgin coast forest and imagine how the west coast must have looked like before the arrival of European settlers. Trails on either side of the highway lead visitors through the mighty stands of this coastal forest.
Accommodations in the area
The Lookout at Schooner Cove
3381 Dolphin Drive
Nanoose Bay, British Columbia
Creekside Bed & Breakfast
1961 Harlequin Crescent
Nanoose Bay, British Columbia
Grey Pony Bed and Breakfast
184 Nottingham Drive
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Lancrest by the Sea
P.O. Box 237
7165 Lancrest Terrace
Lantzville, British Columbia
This Travel Guide was kindly made available by Marj Wilkie of The Lookout at Schooner Cove in Nanoose Bay.
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