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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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3745 Elworthy Pl, Nanaimo

$824,900

3745 Elworthy Pl, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,370 SqFt 8,277 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960890

eXp Realty

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3389 Mariposa Dr, Nanaimo

$699,000

3389 Mariposa Dr, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,558 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 960661

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

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1320 Ivy Lane, Nanaimo

$1,649,900

1320 Ivy Lane, Nanaimo

4 Beds 4 Baths 4,112 SqFt 13,940 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960386

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

2562 Departure Bay Rd 112, Nanaimo

$499,900

2562 Departure Bay Rd 112, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,304 SqFt 1,307 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 960461

eXp Realty of Canada Inc.

643 Beach Dr, Nanaimo

$1,375,000

643 Beach Dr, Nanaimo

5 Beds 2 Baths 2,417 SqFt 10,019 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960009

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

2411 Lynburn Cres, Nanaimo

$914,000

2411 Lynburn Cres, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,257 SqFt 16,553 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 959945

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

3811 Departure Bay Rd, Nanaimo

$849,000

3811 Departure Bay Rd, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,045 SqFt 9,148 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 959628

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

1362 Ivy Lane, Nanaimo

$1,399,000

↓ $50,900

1362 Ivy Lane, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,612 SqFt 14,375 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 959274

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty (QU)

2080 Estevan Rd, Nanaimo

$729,900

2080 Estevan Rd, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,080 SqFt 7,841 SqFt Lot Half Duplex MLS® # 958104

RE/MAX Generation (LD)

3574 Oakridge Dr, Nanaimo

$1,799,888

3574 Oakridge Dr, Nanaimo

6 Beds 6 Baths 4,587 SqFt 19,602 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 958069

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

57 Cilaire Dr, Nanaimo

$849,900

57 Cilaire Dr, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,802 SqFt 8,277 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 957969

Engel & Volkers Vancouver Island

969 Capilano Pl, Nanaimo

$765,000

969 Capilano Pl, Nanaimo

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,251 SqFt 8,712 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 957752

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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