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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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1056 Highview Terr, Nanaimo

$510,000

1056 Highview Terr, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,961 SqFt 2,614 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 919314

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Nanaimo)

213 Carly Pl, Nanaimo

$689,900

↓ $20,000

213 Carly Pl, Nanaimo

4 Beds 2 Baths 1,847 SqFt 7,406 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 917811

2 Percent Realty Group

25 Maki Rd 46, Nanaimo

$299,900

↓ $25,000

25 Maki Rd 46, Nanaimo

4 Beds 2 Baths 1,309 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 917961

RE/MAX of Nanaimo - Mac Real Estate Group

1947 Healy Rd, Nanaimo

$799,000

1947 Healy Rd, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,155 SqFt 9,584 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 917492

One Percent Realty Ltd.

25 Maki Rd 15, Nanaimo

$333,000

25 Maki Rd 15, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 924 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 917389

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

1510 Cranberry Ave, Nanaimo

$890,000

1510 Cranberry Ave, Nanaimo

5 Beds 2 Baths 2,160 SqFt 43,560 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 917292

eXp Realty

79 Porter Rd, Nanaimo

$829,000

↓ $40,900

79 Porter Rd, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,186 SqFt 32,235 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 917046

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

2140 Dodds Rd, Nanaimo

$849,800

2140 Dodds Rd, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,031 SqFt 8,277 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 916670

JKS Realty & Property Management

1765 White Blossom Way, Nanaimo

$709,000

↓ $20,000

1765 White Blossom Way, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,549 SqFt 7,406 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 916625

One Percent Realty Ltd.

61 12th St 45, Nanaimo

$160,000

↓ $39,900

61 12th St 45, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 1,000 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 914539

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Nanaimo)

108 Lenwood Rd, Nanaimo

$1,399,000

↓ $100,900

108 Lenwood Rd, Nanaimo

7 Beds 3 Baths 3,010 SqFt 46,174 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 913893

Royal LePage Coast Capital - Westshore

25 Maki Rd 19, Nanaimo

$139,900

↓ $9,100

25 Maki Rd 19, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 715 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 913723

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!