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Departure Bay Real Estate

Departure Bay is a bay in Central Nanaimo, and its surrounding neighbourhood is also referred to as "Departure Bay." The oceanside views from Departure Bay homes for sale are incredible, as many homes overlook the BC Ferries passing in and out. Lot sizes are often larger in this area and offer a variety of architectural styles, ranging from character, to split-level, to luxury homes. There's also a modest selection of condos and townhomes available.

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ocean views
central location

Departure Bay Real Estate Stats

Average Condo Price $765K
Lowest Priced Home $449K
Highest Listing Price $1.4M
Total Departure Bay Listings 13
Avg. Days On Market 69
Avg. Price/SQFT $398

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Departure Bay Real Estate Highlights

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    Surreal views overlooking Departure Bay & Newcastle Island
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    A charming variety of homes across refreshingly quiet enclaves
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    Vibrant & active community spirit
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    Direct access to one of Nanaimo's most popular beaches
Take it all in Departure Bay is the perfect place to take full advantage of Nanaimo's natural outdoor beauty & iconic coastal splendor.
Mere minutes from the water


The houses for sale in Departure Bay are just minutes from the water, and residents love the easy access to the Departure Bay beach and associated outdoor recreational activities. Water sports enthusiasts enjoy kayaking, boating, swimming, and standup paddle boarding in the area, and there are great nearby hiking spots for the everyday explorer, too! Sitting on the beach watching the sun set and rise is also a wonderful luxury the neighbourhood has to offer. 

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popular beaches
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Friendly neighbours, pride of ownership

Proud Community Spirit

The Departure Bay area is known for its sense of community and camaraderie. There is a sense of neighbourliness amongst residents, and its near proximity to the Departure Bay BC Ferries terminal makes transportation a breeze.

Nearby schools include Rock City Elementary, Departure Bay Elementary, Cilaire Elementary, and Wellington Secondary.

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Charming Pockets of Homes


You also may be familiar with some of Departure Bay's sub neighbourhoods, such as:

  • Sherwood Forest
  • Stephenson Point
  • Cilaire
  • Lynburn Estates
  • Beach Estates.

All of these communities feature some fantastic homes for sale.

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dynamic neighbourhoods
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Departure Bay Real Estate Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can you swim at Departure Bay Beach?

A: Yes, you can swim at Departure Bay Beach in the designated swimming area during the warmer months. The beach is also great for wildlife watching, beachcombing, kayaking, and more.

Q: How do I get to Departure Bay from Vancouver?

A: We recommend taking the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to the terminal at Departure Bay. The trip takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. Alternatively, you could also fly in to Nanaimo Airport.

Q: Why is it called “Departure Bay”?

A: The area has had many names over the course of history. It was called “Stiil’nep” by the Snuneymuxw First Nation inhabitants, “Bocas de Winthuysen” by the Spanish explorers, and then later named “Departure Harbour” by the Hudson's Bay Company.

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