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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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Condos & Townhomes in Departure Bay

Properties for Sale in Departure Bay

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3871 Rock City Rd, Nanaimo

$699,900

3871 Rock City Rd, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,150 SqFt 8,277 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 966890

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

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3745 Elworthy Pl, Nanaimo

$799,000

3745 Elworthy Pl, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,370 SqFt 8,277 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 966809

eXp Realty

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1302 Sherwood Dr, Nanaimo

$699,000

1302 Sherwood Dr, Nanaimo

0 Beds 0 Baths 1,658 SqFt 19,167 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 966627

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

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1855 Bay St, Nanaimo

$849,900

↓ $25,000

1855 Bay St, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,328 SqFt 7,406 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 965494

Oakwyn Realty Ltd. (NA)

1300 Seaview Pl, Nanaimo

$1,595,000

1300 Seaview Pl, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,972 SqFt 5,663 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 966552

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

Open House
416 Nottingham Dr, Nanaimo

$999,900

416 Nottingham Dr, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,215 SqFt 10,455 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 966060

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty (PK)

2562 Departure Bay Rd 508, Nanaimo

$424,900

2562 Departure Bay Rd 508, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 949 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 965997

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

3574 Oakridge Dr, Nanaimo

$1,695,000

3574 Oakridge Dr, Nanaimo

6 Beds 6 Baths 4,587 SqFt 19,602 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 966134

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

3395 Edgewood Dr, Nanaimo

$799,900

3395 Edgewood Dr, Nanaimo

3 Beds 4 Baths 2,230 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 966108

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

3261 Fairway Cres, Nanaimo

$779,900

3261 Fairway Cres, Nanaimo

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,006 SqFt 8,277 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 965998

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

1647 Sheriff Way, Nanaimo

$1,285,000

1647 Sheriff Way, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 3,060 SqFt 9,584 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 965992

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

369 Nottingham Dr, Nanaimo

$1,380,000

369 Nottingham Dr, Nanaimo

4 Beds 5 Baths 4,010 SqFt 12,633 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 966001

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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