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Departure Bay is a beautiful oceanside neighbourhood, a bowl-shaped valley rising from a large beach.

It is a highly desirable area owing to its spectacular ocean views, large swimming beach and park, well-kept homes, and central location. Almost anyone who's been to Nanaimo will be familiar with Departure Bay as the large bay where the ferry arrives from Vancouver. (But the ferry terminal is not in the residential area referred to as Departure Bay - it's in the Brechin Hill neighbourhood.)

There are luxury waterfront houses down by the beach of course, but as you go uphill you'll find different types of neighbourhoods. At the southern end are Cilaire and Beach Estates - then further north is the Lynburn neighbourhood, also notable for its mid-century and higher-end postwar homes. There are some strata buildings close to the beach, and then to the north, the land rises as dark basalt bluffs covered in houses of wood and glass. Sherwood Forest is tucked into here (with streets named Prince John Way, Marion Way, Bowstring Close, Nottingham, etc.).

North of Sherwood Forest there is still a lot of undeveloped land (beautiful undulating lands with arbutus and moss and towering firs and hemlock), with multiple ridges rolling back toward the Hammond Bay area. These ridges are still being developed with beautiful newer custom homes, but a large area has also been preserved as hiking trails and protected lakes.

Amenities are very near with several big malls within a 10 min drive. But even closer are the many beaches and rocky shores, most notably Pipers Lagoon and Neck Point, and of course the long sandy Departure Bay Beach, a popular (but seldom crowded) swimming beach with a playground, grassy lawn, driftwood hide-outs and a coffee shop.

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Properties for Sale in Departure Bay

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111 Maids Crt, Nanaimo

$1,350,000

111 Maids Crt, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,316 SqFt 7,841 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 886541

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3245 Granite Park Rd, Nanaimo

$1,300,000

3245 Granite Park Rd, Nanaimo

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 148,540 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 886507

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3050 Mccauley Dr, Nanaimo

$629,900

3050 Mccauley Dr, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,204 SqFt 8,277 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 886307

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3287 Shearwater Dr, Nanaimo

$999,000

3287 Shearwater Dr, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,964 SqFt 10,019 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 886219

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2560 Departure Bay Rd 407, Nanaimo

$449,900

2560 Departure Bay Rd 407, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,666 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 886283

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2562 Departure Bay Rd 315, Nanaimo

$389,900

2562 Departure Bay Rd 315, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,230 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 886100

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2555 Departure Bay Rd, Nanaimo

$839,900

2555 Departure Bay Rd, Nanaimo

4 Beds 2 Baths 3,151 SqFt 23,523 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 886099

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

187 Pacific Terr, Nanaimo

$729,000

187 Pacific Terr, Nanaimo

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,038 SqFt 10,019 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 885861

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162 Cilaire Dr, Nanaimo

$930,000

162 Cilaire Dr, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,855 SqFt 13,068 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 885761

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1666 Sheriff Way, Nanaimo

$2,995,000

1666 Sheriff Way, Nanaimo

5 Beds 7 Baths 6,456 SqFt 71,874 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 885735

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207 Cilaire Dr, Nanaimo

$814,900

207 Cilaire Dr, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,280 SqFt 16,989 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 885492

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

103 Amphion Terr, Nanaimo

$409,000

103 Amphion Terr, Nanaimo

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 5,228 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 885478

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

View of dozens of Departure Bay homes among the trees

Nearby Schools:

  • Rock City Elementary ; 3741 Departure Bay Rd
  • Departure Bay Elementary ; 3004 Departure Bay Rd
  • Cilaire Elementary ; 25 Cilaire Dr
  • Wellington Secondary ; 3135 Mexicana Rd

Did You Know?

The first telephone line in British Columbia was installed here in the 1880s - it ran from the wharves at Departure Bay up to the coal town of Wellington (now part of Nanaimo, between Diver Lake and Long Lake). One of the mining engineers assembled the telephone system based on instructions he saw in a science magazine.

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