The most notable feature in Pleasant Valley is Brannen Lake. In fact, most of the homes in this Nanaimo neighbourhood were built in close proximity to the lake, which has a boat dock and a small public swimming area. The neighbourhood is also close to Uplands and Long Lake. Historically, Pleasant Valley was a mostly rural area within the city, but the area was developed around the 1980s so the homes are relatively more modern. Another great benefit for Pleasant Valley residents is its close proximity to two major shopping centres. The first, which is just north of the neighbourhood, is the Woodgrove Centre and the second, which is just to the east, is the Nanaimo North Town Centre.
Schools in the area:
Dover Bay Secondary – 6135 McGirr Road, (250) 756-4595
McGirr Elementary School – 6199 McGirr Road, (250) 758-8946
Pleasant Valley Elementary School – 6201 Dunbar Road, (250) 390-4027
Parks in the area:
Camcrest Park- Camcrest Park is a very family oriented park in a predominantly natural setting. The playground is the main feature here consisting of a climbing structure, slides, monkey bars and swings with benches to the side to sit and watch the kids play.
Brannen Lake RV Park & Campsite – This 49 acre family-friendly campsite features creeks, streams, a beautiful private sandy beach, picnic tables and evening hayrides. Evening dances, campfires, and a magnificent oasis of wildlife can be found here as well. On the foothills of Mt. Benson and minutes from the campsite boasts miles and miles of unforgettable mountain biking and ATV trails and the Nanaimo Motocross Track. Be sure to add this favorite spot to your must-visit list.