Nanoose Bay and the Fairwinds beckon

Nanoose Bay is a community of about 5,000 people located between Nanaimo and Parksville on the east coast of Vancouver Island. The unspoiled coastal community of Nanoose Bay offers a refreshingly rural atmosphere, within easy access of urban amenities in Nanaimo to the south and Parksville to the north. For those who prefer watching golf balls soar, the Fairwinds Golf and Country Club is constantly ranked as one of the best golf courses on Vancouver Island. The waters beckon kayakers and boaters, while sand strollers can find some prosperous clam digging spots. Today, Nanoose Bay is a small seaside resort with golf course, spa and marina and is a popular area for kayaking, swimming, walking and more.

Things to do/attractions

Nanoose Bay is a popular area for kayaking, fishing and sailing. Wildlife and adventure charters are also available to experience and enjoy the scenery of the Strait of Georgia and the Gulf islands. Visit Local Artisans by following the art loop and drive to the studios of Nanoose Bay’s many artisans. Even the birds value these untarnished lands, as many arrive here for winters or rejuvenate before migrating. Bird Watching is a hobby many eagerly take up in Nanoose Bay.

Hospitals, schools, colleges, public transport

Excellent hospitals in Parksville and Nanaimo are easily accessible and only a short drive away. As Nanoose Bay is a very small community that mainly operates as a vacation getaway, all schools and colleges are in nearby districts at a close distance. Nanoose Bay is serviced by motor-coaches (Greyhound Canada), marina (Beachcomber Marina), Regional Transit and trains (VIA Rail).


A variety of unique gifts, often with a Native theme, can be found in cozy shops throughout the area. Florists, art galleries, hair salons, spas, home furnishing and décor – everything can be found a short 15 minute drive away in Nanaimo. There is one mall with a substantial grocery store, coffee shop and more…

Fairwinds Golf Resort

Designed by renowned course architect Les Furber and voted 1999 BCPGA Facility of the Year, the Fairwinds Golf Club in Nanoose Bay has established itself as one of Vancouver Island’s finest courses. Play on lush, manicured fairways lined by towering fir, gary oak and arbutus trees. Challenge yourself against the more than 70 sand bunkers that guard the immaculate, contoured greens. At Fairwinds, spectacular ocean views, abundant wildlife, and pristine natural surroundings combine for an unforgettable golfing experience. The Fairwinds community is made up of beautiful luxury level homes, many with spectacular ocean views across to the mainland mountains.

Why would someone want to live here?

Nanoose Bay and Fairwinds offer the ideal life for someone searching for a place far removed from the stressful urban lifestyles of large cities. Turn your life into a vacation forever and begin each day with a promise of more interaction with tranquil, beautiful nature.