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Pleasant Valley

A neighbourhood built up around a community centre and elementary school, Pleasant Valley is a north-end Nanaimo gem. Homes are on smaller lots around Brannen Lake and beyond but are, for the most part, newer. Residents here appreciate the convenience of being less than five minutes from Woodgrove Centre and the city’s most concentrated shopping district.

Wilderness is also within a five-minute drive heading just west of the Nanaimo Parkway (Hwy 19) where hiking trails at a regional park cut through dense forests to the stunning Ammonite Falls. In summer, Brannen Lake is a haven for wakeboarders and water skiiers.


  • Pleasant Valley Elementary
  • Randerson Ridge Elementary
  • McGirr Elementary
  • Dover Bay Secondary School (academies – baseball & performing arts)
  • Aspengrove School (private)

Parks & Recreation

  • Brannen Lake – beach, boat launch
  • Long Lake – beach, canoe/kayak club & playground
  • Benson Creek Falls Regional Park – Ammonite Falls hiking trail
  • Doumont Rd. mountain biking trails

Shops & Services

  • Woodgrove Centre – The Bay, Wal-Mart
  • Nanaimo North Town Centre – Canadian Tire, Lowes, London Drugs
  • Longwood Station
  • Canadian Tire
  • Superstore
  • Nanaimo North Medical Clinic
  • Library – North Nanaimo branch

Drive Times

  • Hospital: 11 min.
  • Downtown: 18 min.
  • South end: 17 min.
  • Vancouver Island University: 14 min.
  • Nanaimo Airport: 23 min.
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