Pleasant Valley has the benefit of Brannen Lake at your doorstep which is a popular spot in the summers. Many homes are lakefront with private docks and there is a public swimming area and boat launch on the lake. Pleasant Valley also has Doumont Rd where there is some excellent access exists for mountain bike trails and into Benson Creek Falls Park (previously called Ammonite Falls). Pleasant Valley has the bonus of larger lots and access to recreation very quickly but still being in the North end close to the two major shopping centres; Woodgrove Centre and Nanaimo North Town Centre.
- Pleasant Valley Elementary School – 6201 Dunbar Road, (250) 390-4027
- Dover Bay Secondary – 6135 McGirr Road, (250) 756-4595