Amazing ocean view, forested, urban site in beautiful Nanaimo! So many amenities nearby!

High up the forested mountain with expansive views.


Visit our 3 acre cohousing site is located at 5180 Universal Place. Please do not visit the site and disturb the neighbours without permission.

Lost Lake Cohousing has many advantages due to the location.  You may enjoy forest adventures, winter sports and summer recreation opportunities. The famous Piper’s Pub is two minutes away, and six minutes from enjoying yoga studios, coffee shops, shopping malls and Costco.  Our children will like that Frank J Ney Elementary School is a 20 minute walk, and a 20 minutes bus ride to Ecole Hammond Bay french immersion school and Dover Bay Secondary School.

Our site is in North Nanaimo, full of newer developments and a  desirable vibe that continues to draw home buyers out this way.

As the economic hub of central Vancouver Island, Nanaimo boasts both a vibrant business community and an exceptional quality of life. Nanaimo is the fastest growing community on Vancouver Island. The city is a regional centre for health services including the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, as well as technology, retail, construction, manufacturing, education and government services. Nanaimo is a central transportation and distribution hub for Vancouver Island. Air Canada and WestJet offer direct flights to Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto from the Nanaimo Airport, an all-weather facility. Seaplanes and Helijet link downtown Nanaimo to downtown Vancouver in 20 minutes. BC Ferries provides vehicle and passenger service between Nanaimo and Vancouver as well as Richmond from two terminals located in Nanaimo. Vancouver Island University offers various disciplines.

Nearby Parks

Lost Lake Park – Stroll, jog or bike in this serene and forested 15 minute loop trail circles north Nanaimo’s water reservoir, Lost Lake. Hard packed gravel trail, located on the north edge of Linley Valley.

Linley Valley

Linley Valley Park – Explore 400 acres and miles of trails crisscross the moss covered rocky knolls with oceanviews and deep forest valleys, and anyone looking for relaxing or challenging bike rides or hikes through the forest and hilltops would do well to check it out. You won’t believe you’re still in the city!

Neck Point

Neck Point Park is a stunning waterfront park  and a great place to watch seals and orcas.  With 36 acres rugged rock cliffs, pebble bay beaches, and winding trails through Garry Oak groves, every walk is something new. Popular with scuba divers as a deep water rock wall face that is reportedly home to a friendly octopus.  

Pipers Lagoon Park

Pipers Lagoon Park is the most stunning ocean beach in Nanaimo. Watch the lagoon empty almost completely when the tide goes out, leaving a nutritious muck that attracts all kinds of bird life. Swimming and wading along the beach and driftwood logs is refreshing year round.

Our Favourite Day Trips

Saysutshun (Newcastle Island) Provincial Marine Park  – Visit the jewel of Nanaimo Harbour with a five minute foot ferry ride from Maffeo-Sutton Park on the Nanaimo Harbour Ferry’s ‘pickle boats’.  Great beaches, a lake, trails for hiking and biking, an historic pavilion with cafe and just a great place to spend the day. 

Nanaimo Harbourfront Walkway – Lovers and friends stroll along the boardwalk, reaching parks, shops, floating cafes, yachts, beaches, playground and a crab pier.

Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Park – stroll along easy shady trails among 800 year old growth giant fir trees! 

Top things to do in and around Nanaimo