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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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2412 Glenayr Dr, Nanaimo

$850,000

2412 Glenayr Dr, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,095 SqFt 13,504 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 904661

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

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3107 Tanglewood Way, Nanaimo

$1,099,900

3107 Tanglewood Way, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,832 SqFt 8,712 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 904603

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty (QU)

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1814 Bay St, Nanaimo

$839,900

1814 Bay St, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,103 SqFt 10,019 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 904386

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

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3470 Maveric Rd, Nanaimo

$729,900

3470 Maveric Rd, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,702 SqFt 1,743 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 903863

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

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421 Walton Heath Pl, Nanaimo

$1,220,000

421 Walton Heath Pl, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,757 SqFt 11,762 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 904474

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

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1311 Sherwood Dr, Nanaimo

$1,125,000

1311 Sherwood Dr, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,776 SqFt 11,326 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 904373

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

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3143/3145 Monk Pl, Nanaimo

$850,000

3143/3145 Monk Pl, Nanaimo

6 Beds 2 Baths 2,394 SqFt 11,762 SqFt Lot Full Duplex MLS® # 904157

eXp Realty

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3410 Arrowsmith Rd, Nanaimo

$4,250,000

3410 Arrowsmith Rd, Nanaimo

4 Beds 5 Baths 5,338 SqFt 217,800 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 904168

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

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3811 Departure Bay Rd, Nanaimo

$749,900

3811 Departure Bay Rd, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,045 SqFt 9,148 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 903975

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

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2441 Cosgrove Cres, Nanaimo

$1,099,900

2441 Cosgrove Cres, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,477 SqFt 9,584 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 903970

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

2934 Colwood Rd, Nanaimo

$849,900

2934 Colwood Rd, Nanaimo

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,303 SqFt 7,406 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 903963

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

2490 Cosgrove Cres, Nanaimo

$999,900

2490 Cosgrove Cres, Nanaimo

5 Beds 2 Baths 2,357 SqFt 9,584 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 903822

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

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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