Nanoose Bay, a small seaside resort which was named after a First Nations band related to the Nanaimo Indians is located 26 km north of Nanaimo and 15 km south of Parksville on the east coast of Vancouver Island.
While in the area check out Beachcomber Regional Park which offers spectacular views west across Craig Bay to Parksville and Mount Arrowsmith and north across the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia) to the mainland coastal mountains. While in the area do some paddling, fishing, and sailing