Informational Guide of Lantzville’s History and it’s Neighbourhoods


Nestled on the east coast of Vancouver Island on the north side of Nanaimo, Lantzville charms visitors and residents with its small-town feel and natural beauty. Lantzville is a seaside community, with most homes being only a 5 minute walk away from the ocean.

It’s close to Nanaimo’s woodgrove mall and various large grocery stores, shops and multiple parks and oceanside areas to explore.

The History of Lantzville, British Columbia: From Coal Mining Origins to Small Town Charm

In the mid-1800s and even probably earlier since then, Lantzville was inhabited by the Snuneymuxw First Nation, whose ancestral territory included the area surrounding what is now Lantzville. The Snuneymuxw people relied on the land and sea for sustenance, engaging in fishing, hunting, and gathering.

The European presence in Lantzville began in the late 1800s when coal was discovered in the region. An English coal miner named Emanuel Wiles (also known as Robert Emanuel or Bob) is the first known European to have come to Lantzville, from which the European settlement would begin in 1968.

Emanuel Wiles didn’t come here looking for coal though, he just came here to create a home for himself while he worked at the other local mines. It wasn’t until 1916 that coal was discovered in the area by Jack Grant, sparking the establishment of the Nanoose Collieries Company. Just four years later in 1920, the Nanoose-Wellington Collieries Company purchased Grant’s Mine and renamed the area Lantzville after company director Fraser Lantz. The coal mine soon became the heart of the community, providing jobs and purpose for several years.

The prosperous coal mine era was short-lived unfortunately. By 1926, the usable coal seams started running low and the mine was closed down. This marked a major transition for Lantzville as it moved from a mining-based economy to a more limited economy and summer cottage area.

Despite the closure of the coal mine, Lantzville continued to grow as a community. Several settler families made it their home and are now honored through local street names, waterways, and landmarks. Lantzville became known for its small town charm, where neighbors look out for each other and friendly greetings are part of everyday life.

To celebrate its mining history, Lantzville hosts an annual fair called Minetown Days at Huddlestone Park. The event features local businesses, food, rides, a parade, and fun activities for all ages. Minetown Days has become a cherished tradition for bringing the community together and commemorating Lantzville’s coal mining origins.

From Emanuel Wiles’ first land grant to the rise and fall of the coal mining industry, Lantzville has transformed over the decades while still maintaining its small town appeal and strong sense of community. The residents continue to honor the past while embracing the future of this special place on Vancouver Island.

Lantzville’s Neighbourhoods

From scenic coastal areas to quaint residential streets, Lantzville’s diverse neighbourhoods each have their own charm and real estate draws.

Seaview offers luxurious oceanfront living while Winchelsea View provides peaceful wooded settings. Downtown Lantzville serves as the vibrant walkable centre and a old town like vibe.

As we explore some of Lantzville’s most popular neighbourhoods, discover what makes each community special through their real estate options, lifestyle perks, and natural highlights.

Lower Lantzville

Lower Lantzville is characterized by its peaceful, tree-lined streets, making it a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. The real estate market here is diverse, offering anything from cozy bungalows to expansive family homes, all situated within a serene, woodland setting.

Lower Lantzville Neighbourhood & Real Estate Highlights:

  • Peaceful, tree-lined streets perfect for leisurely walks
  • A quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of urban areas
  • Diverse range of real estate from modest bungalows to spacious family homes
  • Properties nestled amidst lush, serene woodland settings
  • Tranquil neighbourhood ideal for relaxing and appreciating nature
  • Ideal area for those seeking an escape to a more rural atmosphere

North Lantzville

North Lantzville, known for its stunning coastal views and quiet, residential streets, boasts a variety of property types. Many are residential lots, larger than your average lot. The north side of Lantzville is the area that blends together with the beginning of the Nanoose Bay area.

North Lantzville Neighbourhood & Real Estate Highlights:

  • Breathtaking ocean views from many properties
  • Peaceful, quiet residential streets perfect for an evening stroll
  • Scenic seaside location close to ocean recreational activities


Seaview lives up to its name, offering breathtaking ocean views from many of its properties. The real estate market here is primarily comprised of mid to high-end homes, making it a sought-after neighbourhood for those seeking a luxurious lifestyle amidst Lantzville’s natural beauty.

Seaview Neighbourhood Highlights:

  • True to its name with stunning ocean views
  • Upscale neighbourhood with lavish, high-end homes
  • Prime location for luxurious living amid natural beauty
  • Breathtaking vistas of the Salish Sea and coastline
  • Home values ranging from mid to high price points
  • Ideal for those seeking an exclusive seaside lifestyle

Downtown Lantzville

Downtown Lantzville is the heart of the community, offering a vibrant mix of residential and commercial properties. Perfect for those who love being at the center of action, the neighbourhood features a blend of condos, townhouses, and detached homes all within walking distance from shops, restaurants and other amenities.

Downtown Lantzville Neighbourhood Highlights:

  • Vibrant town like neighbourhood and heart of the community
  • Walkable access to shops, restaurants, and amenities
  • Located steps from scenic beach and waterfront parks
  • Blend of residential and commercial properties
  • Perfect for those who love an active, central location

Winchelsea View

Winchelsea View is the neighbourhood surrounding the Winchelsea View golf course. It’s on the other side of the Highway 19. Not many people know that this neighbourhood is still part of Lantzville, as many assume that Lantzville is only on the oceanside of Highway 19.


From tranquil wooded areas to vibrant downtown, Lantzville offers a variety of excellent neighbourhoods to match every lifestyle and priority.

With expertise on the ins and outs of Lantzville real estate, Shanon Kelley Realty Group provides invaluable guidance in finding your perfect community fit.

Let their deep local insight and connections lead you to the neighbourhood that aligns with your dream lifestyle. Whether you seek modern family living, an acreage retreat, or a downtown hub, they simplify the process of finding home.

For an unmatched neighbourhood exploration experience, contact Shanon Kelley Realty Group today and discover the Lantzville community where you’ll feel right at home.

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