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Why You Would Want to Live in Chase River

A great neighbourhood for a growing family, if you are looking for more affordable housing options than offered in many other Nanaimo area communities, without compromising on space, Chase River might meet your needs.  

Area Overview

Comprised of both new subdivisions and more established areas like Cinnabar Valley developed primarily in the 1970s, Chase River residents enjoy a safe, tight-knit community. Though considered semi-rural with outdoor pursuits literally on your doorstep, Chase River has its own strip mall and is only a short 10-minute car ride from downtown Nanaimo. There are many developments proposed in the future for Chase River making this a great up-and-coming neighbourhood.


There are two elementary schools in Chase River for students from K to Grade 7: Cinnabar Valley Elementary and Chase River Elementary. Students in Grade 8-12 attend Cedar Secondary school in Cedar.


Though a short drive from Nanaimo’s amenities, the Southgate Shopping Centre located in Chase River would meet the daily needs of most Chase River residents offering a grocery store, post office, bakery, coffee shops, pharmacies, a gas station, liquor store, and a home & garden store while a big box building supply store is across the street in the Cedar area. 

Recreational Opportunities

Semi-rural, Chase River is enjoyed by residents and visitors to the area for its natural setting and therefore outdoor recreational opportunities that include trails and boardwalks, estuaries & wetlands, along with nature & bird watching venues.


Only a short drive from Nanaimo, residents of Chase River can make use of all entertainment options found nearby from sporting events to festivals, art exhibitions to live music, and movies to bowling.


The Chase River community includes within its business hub, Smitty’s restaurant, a coffee shop, and a bakery while for those seeking more choice and variety, nearby Cedar has some great dining choices, and Nanaimo’s many eating establishments are a short car ride away.


There are several community parks in the Chase River neighbourhood many offering children’s playgrounds, picnic spots, and sports facilities however it is also an area known for its waterways:  The Chase River Estuary Park (on the border of Cedar and Chase River) offers over 1 km of trails and boardwalks with views of the tidal mouth of the Chase River and bird watching opportunities.  The Richard’s Creek and Wetlands, a creek over 2 km in length that widens into an expansive wetland through the Cinnabar Valley, is a popular trail and bird watching destination as the creek empties into the Nanaimo River Estuary - the largest estuary on Vancouver Island and home to over 238 bird species.