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Sprawled on a huge flat piece of land beside the ocean, Cedar is almost as large as the rest of Nanaimo combined (see the map at the bottom of this page). It's mostly rural with good land for farming and a few sizeable lakes. Aside from the open farm spaces, there are also some low rocky ridges creating very private wilderness settings.

There is a small commercial area with restaurants, groceries, a pub, and hardware. The homes around these services are naturally zoned to be on smaller lots, so there is a recent subdivision nearest to the stores (5000 sqft lots), and then an older development behind, with quarter acre properties from the 80s/90s. This is a great family oriented neighbourhood, especially if you want to be able to stretch out into a larger yard while still being close to essentials.

Swimmers at the Nanaimo River as it passes through Cedar near the oceanThe rural parts of Cedar are a very "undiscovered" region for most people, with wide open spaces and large recreation areas, including seaside parks and trail systems. The Nanaimo River also passes through Cedar, creating some amazing swimming experiences.

Most properties in Cedar have septic systems and wells, though some do have municipal water - especially near to the "downtown" commercial district on Cedar Rd where you'll find the old Wheatsheaf Pub and the 49th Parallel Grocery.

It should be noted that there is a small neighbourhood called "Cedar by the Sea" at the end of Barnes Rd, overlooking a beautiful oceanscape and islands. It also has municipal water in places. This is where the early 20th-century cult leader Brother XII had his land (also on the nearby islands). Some people mistakenly use "Cedar By the Sea" to refer to the entire Cedar area, but ... they are mistaken.

Some parts of Cedar are affected by proximity to the big regional landfill, or to the pulp and paper mill (HARMAC) and other industrial properties in the Duke Point area. Most of these are only rarely an issue, depending on the winds, as long as you don't live too close. Something to be aware of!


Highlights of Cedar real estate:

  • Properties backing onto Nanaimo River or near the ocean
  • Equestrian, ranch, and farm properties
  • Many large lots & acreages - some of these are quite affordable because they have manufactured homes on them. Tip: Land is cheaper when it's ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve); the drawback is that there are additional restrictions in how you can use the land.
  • 10-20 minutes from Duke Point, downtown Nanaimo, or VIU

Properties for Sale in Cedar

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25 Maki Rd 35, Nanaimo

$225,000

25 Maki Rd 35, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 784 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 953810

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

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1530 Fawcett Rd, Nanaimo

$1,250,000

1530 Fawcett Rd, Nanaimo

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,048 SqFt 69,696 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 953617

eXp Realty

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1455 Fiddick Cres, Nanaimo

$965,000

1455 Fiddick Cres, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,294 SqFt 16,553 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 953586

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

1441 White Rd, Nanaimo

$749,900

↓ $50,000

1441 White Rd, Nanaimo

5 Beds 2 Baths 2,020 SqFt 21,780 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 952487

eXp Realty

Lot 3 Tiara Pl, Nanaimo

$714,900

Lot 3 Tiara Pl, Nanaimo

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 217,800 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 953001

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

1385 Macmillan Rd 14, Nanaimo

$115,000

1385 Macmillan Rd 14, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 938 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 952885

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

Lot 2 Pylades Dr, Nanaimo

$549,900

Lot 2 Pylades Dr, Nanaimo

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 43,560 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 952891

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

1882 Kirkstone Way, Nanaimo

$1,279,000

1882 Kirkstone Way, Nanaimo

7 Beds 4 Baths 3,620 SqFt 22,652 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 952539

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Ldy)

1851 Meadowlark Cres, Nanaimo

$779,000

1851 Meadowlark Cres, Nanaimo

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,794 SqFt 11,326 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 952486

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

Lot A Lindsey Rd, Nanaimo

$675,000

Lot A Lindsey Rd, Nanaimo

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 436,036 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 952224

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

1334 Blue Heron Cres, Nanaimo

$1,399,999

1334 Blue Heron Cres, Nanaimo

7 Beds 4 Baths 3,105 SqFt 9,148 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 951715

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

3415 Laguna Vista Rd, Nanaimo

$10,998,000

3415 Laguna Vista Rd, Nanaimo

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 1,925,353 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 951667

Sothebys International Realty Canada

Satellite map showing context of Cedar BC on Vancouver Island with landmarks

Yellow Point Area

The Yellow Point area is arguably a part of Cedar. It's over the district line in the Cowichan Valley Regional District, but otherwise it's very similar to the rest of Cedar, except it's even more rural. It's a beautiful area with lots of ridges and little lakes and rolling meadows, and some properties have beautiful oceanfront and even beaches. Tons of privacy here!

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