The Departure Bay area is a beautiful oceanside neighbourhood, a bowl-shaped valley rising from a large beach. There are some funky old homes down by the beach, as well as some modest split-levels behind them, and a lot of semi-luxury to luxury homes perched around the shoreline and high on the rocky bluffs, with stunning ocean and mountain views.
Almost anyone who's been to Nanaimo will be familiar with Departure Bay as the large bay where the ferry terminal is. But the ferry terminal is not in the residential area referred to as Departure Bay. (The ferries are at the bottom of Brechin Hill.)
The location of Departure Bay is beautiful, and nothing is more than 10 min away. However, most homes in this residential area are at least a 15-20 min walk from any groceries or other shopping, aside from what's offered at the 7-11 down at the beach.
|Sherwood Forest||Cilaire||Lynburn Estates|
|Kin Beach||Beach Estates||Country Club area|
|Stephenson Point||Cosgrove Cres. area|
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The Sherwood Forest neighbourhood is a gorgeous older development (1970's, '80's) of homes clustered on the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain, northwest of Departure Bay Beach. Most of these properties are beautifully integrated into the hillsides and have amazing views of Departure Bay, Newcastle Island, Downtown Nanaimo, and Mount Benson.
Homes in Sherwood Forest come in an exciting variety of styles, most of which take full advantage of the views. Most of the houses are large and constructed with the finest native materials.