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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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1889 White Blossom Way, Nanaimo

$924,900

1889 White Blossom Way, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,561 SqFt 7,406 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 908039

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

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1510 Cranberry Ave, Nanaimo

$1,090,000

1510 Cranberry Ave, Nanaimo

5 Beds 2 Baths 2,160 SqFt 43,560 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 907867

eXp Realty

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1744 Harvest Pl, Nanaimo

$889,000

1744 Harvest Pl, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,511 SqFt 7,406 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 907771

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty Gabriola

1359 Cranberry Ave G, Nanaimo

$279,900

1359 Cranberry Ave G, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 991 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 907677

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

124 Evelyn Cres, Nanaimo

$1,099,000

124 Evelyn Cres, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,404 SqFt 6,534 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 907661

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

25 Maki Rd 126, Nanaimo

$239,000

25 Maki Rd 126, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 765 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 904443

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

1958 Stannard Dr, Nanaimo

$874,900

1958 Stannard Dr, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,376 SqFt 17,860 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 907371

eXp Realty

2039 Cinnabar Dr, Nanaimo

$1,275,000

2039 Cinnabar Dr, Nanaimo

4 Beds 4 Baths 3,413 SqFt 62,291 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 907266

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

1074 Old Victoria Rd 15, Nanaimo

$214,900

1074 Old Victoria Rd 15, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 800 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 906992

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

1838 White Blossom Way, Nanaimo

$689,000

1838 White Blossom Way, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 1,739 SqFt 10,019 SqFt Lot Half Duplex MLS® # 906754

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

1545 Marban Rd, Nanaimo

$2,200,000

1545 Marban Rd, Nanaimo

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 58,371 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 906497

eXp Realty

86 Ranchview Dr, Nanaimo

$859,900

86 Ranchview Dr, Nanaimo

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,009 SqFt 8,277 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 906379

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

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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!