If you’ve ever visited Departure Bay, then you know how incredibly scenic and peaceful the community is. Located on a horseshoe-shaped bay on the eastern side of Vancouver Island just north of Nanaimo, the neighborhood boasts beautiful beaches, lovely parks, and plenty of luxury real estate.

There are a number of reasons more people are opting to invest in Departure Bay luxury homes instead of more run-of-the-mill properties. These are just a few reasons why a higher-end home in this charming waterfront neighborhood is a great investment.

Totem gates at Departure Bay with real estate in background

Prime Locations in Departure Bay

Luxury real estate in Departure Bay tends to sit on prime plots of land with incredible views of the ocean and mountains. You can find many higher-end homes just steps from…

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Perhaps you knew it as Newcastle Island, but this historical island off the coast of Departure Bay is changing it's name back to Saysutshun.

This look to the past is a historic step forward as the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy announced the change in 2021 to reflect the area’s Snuneymuxw First Nation heritage.

Saysutshun History & Name Change

Saysutshun was part of coal mining and stone quarrying operations from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century, but before then it was enjoyed for its connection to nature. 

Part of the Snuneymuxw First Nation Traditional Territory, they called the island Saysutshun — which means “training for running” — due to its place as a training ground for warriors. 

Now, a look…

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Lake Cowichan is one of the best lakes in Canada for Boating. The water is extremely warm and the weather is amazing. If you're looking for the best lake on Vancouver Island to launch your boat, you should consider Lake Cowichan. 

Homes for sale in Lake Cowichan & Youbou

It can be really tough to find any homes for sale in Lake Cowichan or Youbou (especially if you're looking for waterfront homes) since they are in such high demand, and when they come on the market they get snapped up quick! 

I live in Lake Cowichan / Youbou in the Summer (on sunset beach) and often hear about properties coming on the market before they hit the MLS. If you want to grab your slice of heaven here on Lake Cowichan, please reach out via my contact page.


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If you love the salty sea air, sandy beach shores, and wonderfully wild terrain, then a Departure Bay waterfront home is calling your name! 

But before you answer, there’s a couple of things to consider to help you make the most out of your place. 

Keep reading to learn more…

Here’s What You Should Know About Oceanfront Homes!

The following are some tips & tricks you should keep in mind while on the hunt for your new Departure Bay waterfront home. 

Distance From Water

While you may think the closer you are to the water, the better, this isn’t always the case! In fact, close proximity to the ocean can put your home at risk of flood, due to rising tides, for example. That’s why it’s important to find a balance between distance from the…

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This is the best deal in Nanaimo! (Update, sorry, I sold this condo for over ask!) 

If you're looking for an awesome deal on a condo in Nanaimo (or you'd like me to sell yours) please reach out. 

Here are some of the amazing condos currently available

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This Island listing is so amazing I just had to blog about it!

From the MLS Listing: 
"Once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire one of the most sought-after private islands in Canada’s pacific coastal waters. Sear Island, the crown jewel of the Flat Top Group, is located off the south tip of Gabriola Island, nestled in the protected waters of Silva Bay and in the heart of yachting paradise that are the Southern Gulf Islands. Boasting 28 acres of pristine, natural beauty, Sear Island is one of the rare private gulf islands that is fully serviced by BC Hydro by way of submarine power line from Gabriola Island. " 

Can you imagine living here? 

You can check out the full details of this listing by Sotheby's International Realty below, and if you'd like…

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Personally, I may be biased, but I love the sunsets in the North End of Nanaimo. 

Often I am driving up town to Aspen Grove school where our daughter goes to school and I detour to look at the skies and the view over Dover Bay and in Lantzville. 

Later once the sun starts setting, there really isn't a better spot (my opinion) than right down by those crazy stairs everyone hikes up and down (anyone know what they are called?) they are right off of Icarus Drive. 

Anyways, where do you think the prettiest sunsets are in Nanaimo? Would love to hear from you.

Photo was taken from our home in North Jinglepot area, also epic views if you're interested in amazing farm land and beautiful mountain skies. 

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