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Learn more about some of Nanaimo family neighbourhoods & communities.

Nanaimo is rich with exciting neighbourhoods with homes suitable for first time home buyers to mid-priced single family dwellings, moderate to high-end condo developments, to luxury homes. Many areas offer breath taking scenery, urban convenience or in some cases rural appeal.

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Popular Nanaimo Family Neighbourhoods

If you and your family are thinking of relocating to Nanaimo or are a local looking for a change of scenery, check out some of my top picks for the best Nanaimo family neighbourhoods below.

Chase River

Located only 5 minutes from Downtown Nanaimo, Chase River is a scenic area that offers a semi-rural feeling next to the Nanaimo Estuary with convenient nearby shopping.

Real Estate in the Nanaimo family neighbourhood of Chase River.
BC Ferries from the Nanaimo family neighbourhoods of Departure Bay

Departure Bay

Conveniently located in Central Nanaimo and close the BC Ferries, Departure Bay Ferry Terminal this neighbourhood is perfect for those looking for the perfect mix of retirement and family oriented neighbourhoods alike.

Diver Lake

Diver Lake is an established family neighbourhood with close proximity to great restaurants, shopping, and Coal Tyee Elementary School. Outdoor recreation is right at your front door with great walking and biking trails, fishing and a nearby BMX track.

Nanaimo Single Family Homes
View of Hammond Bay from Neck Point

Hammond Bay

Located on Nanaimo’s east coast line spanning from Central to North Nanaimo, Hammond Bay is one neighbourhood that is extremely popular with Tourist and Local alike.

North Nanaimo

North Nanaimo encompasses a large part of Nanaimo, with a great mix of residential and commercial including large box stores and family-run businesses. This area has a mix of ocean view luxury homes, condos, townhomes and gated communities.

North Nanaimo Homes for Sale
Chase River Homes For Sale


Most homes in this area were built in the 1970’s-90’s, making it one of the more established neighbourhoods in Nanaimo. The central location makes it easy to reach both the north end and south end of Nanaimo.