native archway in Departure Bay oceanfront park
thrilling Bay & Ocean views!

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.

ocean views
central location

Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $712K
Lowest Price $260K
Highest Price $1.3M
Total Listings 5
Avg. Days On Market 63
Avg. Price/SQFT $408

Property Types (active listings)

sunrise over departure bay beach in nanaimo, bc
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. 

direct water access
popular beaches
oceanview homes overlooking departure bay park in nanaimo, bc
departure bay beach overlooking ferry terminal, nanaimo, bc


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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.
playground at Kin Park in Departure Bay neighbourhood
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.

strong community
great schools
view from the departure bay neighbourhood in nanaimo, bc
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.

dynamic neighbourhoods
charming properties

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