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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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34 Roberta Rd, Nanaimo

$639,000

34 Roberta Rd, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,403 SqFt 12,197 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 915500

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

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1359 Cranberry Ave D, Nanaimo

$179,000

1359 Cranberry Ave D, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,152 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 912924

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

1907 Szasz Dr, Nanaimo

$975,000

↓ $50,000

1907 Szasz Dr, Nanaimo

6 Beds 5 Baths 3,435 SqFt 16,553 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 913800

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

1600 Hosanna Way, Nanaimo

$969,000

1600 Hosanna Way, Nanaimo

6 Beds 4 Baths 2,591 SqFt 7,406 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 914514

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

61 12th St 45, Nanaimo

$199,900

61 12th St 45, Nanaimo

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

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Nanaimo)

1958 Stannard Dr, Nanaimo

$839,900

1958 Stannard Dr, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,376 SqFt 17,860 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 914371

eXp Realty

108 Lenwood Rd, Nanaimo

$1,499,900

↓ $100,000

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

2000 Swordfern Rd, Nanaimo

$639,900

↓ $40,000

2000 Swordfern Rd, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,441 SqFt 3,485 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 913972

eXp Realty

1754 Country Hills Dr, Nanaimo

$849,900

1754 Country Hills Dr, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,846 SqFt 7,841 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 913822

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

25 Maki Rd 19, Nanaimo

$149,000

25 Maki Rd 19, Nanaimo

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

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

1226 Lawlor Rd 21, Nanaimo

$219,900

1226 Lawlor Rd 21, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 1,075 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 913181

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

66 Roberta Rd, Nanaimo

$799,900

66 Roberta Rd, Nanaimo

5 Beds 2 Baths 1,636 SqFt 7,406 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 912986

eXp Realty

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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!