Be careful; saying that the Lantzville area is just another neighbourhood in Nanaimo might be considered an insult to residents who are very proud of their community. The District of Lantzville is located on the northern border of Nanaimo and is much more rural than the city. Meaning, lots here are larger and more spacious than lots in Nanaimo tend to be. Lower Lantzville consists of the area that surrounds the small village center and can provide the best of both worlds for potential home owners. The neighbourhood has a small active commercial center and for those that want more hustle and bustle, Nanaimo’s north end is only a few minutes away. The area also offers some very scenic ocean property along Lantzville Road. Although there are no major parks in the community, Lantzville is extremely close to all the amenities of the north end. Avid golfers will want to visit Winchelsea View Golf Course, an attractive 18 hole course that offers something for all playing abilities. Winchelsea hosts spectacular views of the Strait of Georgia and the Coastal Mountains of the mainland. The community has done an excellent job of developing a number of useful and attractive neighbourhood parks including Copley, Huddlestone and Rotary Parks. These parks provide an opportunity for visitors and residents to enjoy the surroundings of this community. Parks are located in both Upper and Lower Lantzville.
Schools in the area:
Aspengrove School – 7660 Clark Drive, Lantzville, (250) 390-2201
Dover Bay Secondary – 6135 McGirr Road, Nanaimo (250) 756-4595
McGirr Elementary – 6199 McGirr Road, Nanaimo (250) 758-8946
Rutherford Elementary School – 5840 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo (250) 758-5331
Seaview Elementary – 7000 Lantzville School Road, Lantzville (250) 390-4022
Parks in the area:
Arbutus Grove Provincial Park- Arbutus Grove Provincial Park is only a 14 minute drive north-west of downtown Lantzville and appeals to all outdoor enthusiasts. The park was established as a Provincial Park in July of 1966. It aims to protect a representative stand of Arbutus trees. Hikers use the park as a quiet, nature-viewing area.
Lantzville Foothills- Just north of town lay the Lantzville Foothills. The Foothills provide a 7km hike or a shorter 4km loop and million dollar views of Nanaimo and the ocean. Some residents are concerned that these viewpoints will not be available to the public much longer, however the various developers that plan to build on the land have promised to reserve the peaks of the hills as parkland.
Sebastian Beach Park – Sebastian Beach is a popular swimming beach that affords a pleasant safe setting much of the year. The bay setting provides a mixed setting, part sand and part rock. The rock is an extension of the point at Sebastian Road and supports many types of fish and marine life. The setting is quite exposed to the North West winds of the summer, but is quite protected in the winter from the South East winds. The bay is a pleasant place to visit, however the water is not very deep. This beach is very popular with both canoers & kayakers alike.