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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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1362 Ivy Lane, Nanaimo

$1,449,900

1362 Ivy Lane, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,612 SqFt 14,375 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 954267

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty (QU)

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2934 Colwood Rd, Nanaimo

$734,900

2934 Colwood Rd, Nanaimo

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,303 SqFt 7,406 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 954229

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

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3111 Departure Bay Rd, Nanaimo

$419,000

3111 Departure Bay Rd, Nanaimo

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 10,890 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 951635

eXp Realty

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481 Nottingham Dr, Nanaimo

$999,900

481 Nottingham Dr, Nanaimo

6 Beds 3 Baths 2,310 SqFt 13,068 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 953980

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

4962 Lost Lake Rd, Nanaimo

$949,900

4962 Lost Lake Rd, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,158 SqFt 10,455 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 953915

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

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2562 Departure Bay Rd 420, Nanaimo

$450,000

2562 Departure Bay Rd 420, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,246 SqFt 1,307 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 953840

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

3570 Norwell Dr 1, Nanaimo

$515,000

3570 Norwell Dr 1, Nanaimo

2 Beds 3 Baths 1,291 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 953597

RE/MAX Generation (LD)

1461 Sherwood Dr, Nanaimo

$1,098,000

1461 Sherwood Dr, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,247 SqFt 20,038 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 953390

eXp Realty

3367 Barrington Rd, Nanaimo

$885,000

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3367 Barrington Rd, Nanaimo

2 Beds 3 Baths 2,002 SqFt 8,712 SqFt Lot Half Duplex MLS® # 953329

Remax Dream Home Realty

3369 Barrington Rd, Nanaimo

$845,000

3369 Barrington Rd, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,676 SqFt 8,712 SqFt Lot Half Duplex MLS® # 953318

Remax Dream Home Realty

57 Cilaire Dr, Nanaimo

$899,900

57 Cilaire Dr, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,802 SqFt 8,277 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 952200

Engel & Volkers Vancouver Island

3401 Country Club Dr, Nanaimo

$725,000

3401 Country Club Dr, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,108 SqFt 8,712 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 953164

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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