The placid atmosphere of Nanoose allows its residents and visitors to enjoy a country lifestyle with easy access to the city amenities of Parksville and Nanaimo. This bayside town is a hot spot for vacationers seeking water sports activities – canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, and fishing. The harbour is also a popular dock for visiting boats from around the world
Nanoose Bay is a community of about 5 000 people in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is located between Nanaimo and Parksville on the Strait of Georgia in the Regional District of Nanaimo, on the east coast of Vancouver Island. The Snaw-Naw-As people of the Coast Salish First Nations originally referred to the area as “Nanoose“, meaning “to work or push inwards” (a reference to the shape of the extended deep water bay). The Schooner Cove Marina with 400 berths is a destination for boaters from throughout the Pacific Northwest.
The Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental Test Range (CFMETR), a joint Canadian-American testing facility for torpedoes and other maritime warfare and listening equipment, has operated out of Nanoose Bay since 1965. There was a protest camp set up along the highway during the 1970s and 1980s protesting the CFMETR.
The ghost town of Red Gap, which was the site of the Straits Lumber Mill from 1912 to 1942, is nearby.
Nanoose has a Population of 5919.