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Chase River is a quiet area about 8-15 minutes south of downtown Nanaimo, adjacent to where the highway and parkway (bypass) meet. It has some great shopping amenities at the highway end, including a RONA, Buckerfields, a huge supermarket, gas stations, lots of restaurants, a liquor/beer store, and more. Above and behind the commercial district is the hilly residential area, about 3 square kilometers in size.

Aerial photo showing Chase River commercial center with ocean and downtown Nanaimo in background

As you make your way south along Extension Rd, you are leaving Chase River proper and entering the peaceful Cinnabar Valley area, a dramatic green valley between two ridges. This is a good place for view properties, some overlooking pretty little lakes. This is the closest you can get to the city while still having horses. (Jingle Pot is the other close equestrian option.)

Chase River / Cinnabar is a great choice for families and outdoorspeople. There is lots of greenspace with great trails, and the Nanaimo River is within walking distance (sort of). Chase River Elementary is near the grocery store, so you can just grab your kids after getting stuff for dinner.

In the 1880s, this was a farming community beside the railway. The last bits of those fields are being developed now, but there are still some beautiful old farmhouses around Fourteenth St especially.

Along bus routes? There is one bus (#7) that comes down here from Nanaimo regularly.
Schools: Chase River Elementary, John Barsby Secondary (8 min drive from Chase River)
Nearby parks: Extension Ridge, Morden Colliery Park, Nanaimo River

Chase River Homes for Sale

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151 Roberta Rd, Nanaimo

$879,000

151 Roberta Rd, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,323 SqFt 15,246 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 911646

RE/MAX of Nanaimo - Mac Real Estate Group

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1890 Kelsie Rd, Nanaimo

$999,900

1890 Kelsie Rd, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,879 SqFt 107,594 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 911267

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

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1760 Kelsie Rd, Nanaimo

$1,299,900

1760 Kelsie Rd, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,654 SqFt 909,969 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 911235

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty LD

New
34 Roberta Rd, Nanaimo

$749,500

34 Roberta Rd, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,403 SqFt 12,197 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 911129

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

1359 Cranberry Ave 105, Nanaimo

$284,900

1359 Cranberry Ave 105, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 924 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 910927

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty LD

1074 Old Victoria Rd 15, Nanaimo

$198,000

1074 Old Victoria Rd 15, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 800 SqFt 4,356 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 910747

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

1947 Healy Rd, Nanaimo

$869,900

1947 Healy Rd, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,155 SqFt 9,584 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 910656

One Percent Realty Ltd.

66 Roberta Rd, Nanaimo

$849,900

66 Roberta Rd, Nanaimo

5 Beds 1 Bath 1,631 SqFt 7,406 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 910186

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

1755 Harvest Pl, Nanaimo

$899,900

1755 Harvest Pl, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,749 SqFt 8,277 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 909779

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

61 Twelfth St 25, Nanaimo

$220,000

↓ $40,000

61 Twelfth St 25, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 929 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 909645

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

1831 Montana Rd, Nanaimo

$849,000

1831 Montana Rd, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,061 SqFt 6,534 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 909452

RE/MAX of Nanaimo - Mac Real Estate Group

1314 Island Hwy, Nanaimo

$699,000

↓ $50,000

1314 Island Hwy, Nanaimo

3 Beds 1 Bath 937 SqFt 10,890 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 909216

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Pkvl)

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Why's it called Chase River?

Marsh at Chase River, NanaimoIn the very earliest days of Nanaimo and the Colony of Vancouver Island, Governor James Douglas sent a gunboat from Victoria to apprehend two murderers, one of which was hiding in a First Nations village on the lower Nanaimo River. The suspect fled through the snow and made his way up a small river. A party of soldiers and HBC guides gave chase, and found him in his hiding place because they heard the click of his flintlock rifle (which failed to fire because the snow had made the powder wet). The man was hanged at Gallows Point on Protection Island.

Then in 1863, coal was discovered along the banks of the Chase River, setting the stage for decades of activity at the Chase River mines (near what is now Park Avenue Elementary School, as well as near Petroglyph Park and the Chase River Estuary).

If you have any questions about Chase River or Cinnabar Valley real estate, please contact me!