The opportunity to explore and enjoy nature on our doorstep is one of the joys of living in the Central Island. Here in Nanaimo especially, nature is never far, whether you’re looking for a stroll or a paddle or a quiet moment to appreciate local wildlife.
At approximately 400 hectares, including more than 140 ha of protected lands, the ecologically diverse Nanaimo River Estuary is the largest estuary on Vancouver Island – and the fifth largest in British Columbia.
Sitting between Duke Point and the south end of the city, this is where fresh water from the Nanaimo River meets the salt water from the Salish Sea, creating a unique ecosystem teeming with intertidal plant life, fish, shellfish and bird species.
A true birdwatcher’s delight, bald eagles, blue herons, red-tailed hawks, short-eared owls, western meadowlarks and others are frequent visitors overhead, with waterbirds flying in come winter. The active waters also support several species of salmon, trout and amphibians.
In addition to being an important traditional area for the Snuneymuxw First Nations, the region also accommodates industry and is popular with recreation enthusiasts.
Now imagine enjoying this naturally beautiful area year-round, from your own home.
Welcome home to nature
On the west side of the estuary, near the Chase River community, an impressive five-bedroom, three-bath home is on the appropriately named Blue Heron Crescent, neighbouring the wetlands.
For nature enthusiasts who also want the convenience of living close to urban amenities, it doesn’t get any better!
Built by Eurospec, the 3,148-square-feet home is ideal for growing families or active retirees. Enjoy both the natural landscape at your doorstep and the three-minute drive to the Chase River area shopping and services.
Offering an open living area on the main with 11-foot ceilings and engineered hardwood flooring underfoot, the impressive great room is designed to take full advantage of the ever-changing estuary views with glimpses to the ocean. And as the days draw cooler, you’ll love cozying up in front of the amazing 5-foot-wide fireplace.
Family meals will be a joy to prepare from your spacious kitchen, boasting granite and quartz counters, loads of cabinets and pantry, and at day’s end, retreat to your large master suite with a stunning five-piece ensuite.
Additional features include a lower level with large rec room and laundry, a large, tastefully finished two-bedroom legal suite that also enjoys lovely views, and large double garage. The modern design is complemented by the latest innovations, including an efficient electric heat pump, and a spacious 9,278-sq.ft. lot with an ample back yard just waiting for your ideas.
To learn more, contact Lori Bothers at