Synonymous with sweeping ocean views and a village-like character and charm, the District of Lantzville is a rare hidden gem on Vancouver Island. Strategically located just north of Nanaimo city limits and south of Parksville, this coastal community offers stunning natural surroundings with big city conveniences nearby.


Home to roughly 3,600 residents, what Lantzville lacks in size, it more than makes up for with its relaxed coastal lifestyle. From its lush foothills to sandy seashores, residents take pride in its green spaces, which offer a wealth of recreational opportunities.

Forestry remains an important part of the local economy in Lantzville. Since the town is predominantly residential, many rely on the forest products sector in nearby communities to provide the economic opportunities needed to make this unique coastal lifestyle possible.

Handcrafted with Pride

The forest products sector has an artisanal quality around Lantzville thanks to local businesses like Norse Log Homes. Established in 1975, this premier builder of handcrafted log homes has shipped over 1,000 custom log buildings from cabins to ski chalets all around the world. Their location is no accident – the company relocated to Vancouver Island in the 1980s so they could be close to one of the best sources of Douglas Fir and Red Cedar logs in the world, required to build their high-end log homes. They’ve been here ever since, and are a mainstay of the local economy.

Another local business with a commitment to craftsmanship and artistry is Lantzville Artisan Wood Floors. Owned by Lantzville residents Emory and Sheri Stansal, the small shop specializes in the restoration and custom installation of hardwood flooring. They pride themselves on earth-friendly practices, which means using environmentally safe products on what is normally a chemically-intense process.

About Forestry Friendly Communities BC

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Forestry Friendly Communities was started in 2016 as a way to celebrate the proud history and rich future of BC’s coast forest sector.  The term “Forestry Friendly” is intended to recognize pride in, and an ongoing commitment to BC’s forestry sector. In fact, the forest sector supports 1 in 16 jobs in BC. It also contributes $12.4 billion to the provincial GDP and injects $2.5 billion in taxes and fees to the three levels of government.

For more than a century, the forest sector has fueled our coastal economy and shaped our communities. Today, people and businesses across BC’s coastal region depend on transportation networks and other services developed for our forest sector. Families are able to earn a living while enjoying a unique West Coast lifestyle.

Forestry Friendly Communities is proudly brought to you by companies and associations working in forestry in coastal BC.