Departure Bay is a seaside neighbourhood near a large bay where one of the Island’s two main ferry terminals is located. Just south of Hammond Bay, this established Nanaimo neighbourhood is located in a bowl-shaped valley rising up from a large beach. There is a good mix of both newer and older homes located here in a wide range of styles, price points and typically with larger lots; including many luxury homes perched around the seashore and high on the rocky bluffs with spectacular ocean and mountain views. The majority of homes in the residential area are in close proximity to many shopping options, including the Country Club shopping centre. Located on the edge of Departure Bay is the Nanaimo Golf Club and the Island Highway just south that provides access to the north end and the downtown core.
*Sub-neighbourhoods in Departure Bay area, Sherwood Forest, Stephenson Point, Cilaire, Lynburn Estates and Beach Estates.
Rock City Elementary
1111 Dufferin Crescent, Nanaimo, BC
Departure Bay Elementary
3741 Departure Bay Road, Nanaimo, BC
Forest Park Elementary
2050 Latimer Road, Nanaimo, BC
Princess Anne Elementary
1951 Estevan Road, Nanaimo, BC
25 Cilaire Drive, Nanaimo, BC
3135 Mexicana Road, Nanaimo, BC
Departure Bay Beach - Departure Bay Beach is a sandy beach beach park perfect for swimming, beachcombing and sightseeing. The beach is a launch site for kayakers looking to explore the coastline. Picnic tables and a grassy area are also at Departure Bay Beach.
Linley Valley - Linley Valley is a hidden gem in Nanaimo. An hour or two can be spent surveying the main trail or several hours can be spent exploring wetlands, streams, natural woodlands, and meadows and bluffs on the interlinking trails. Cottle Lake is tucked in the forest and is home to ducks, geese and a Cutthroat trout.
Kinsmen Park - Kinsman Park is located towards the south end of Departure Bay. It is populated with picnic tables and benches that overlook the beach and playground area.
Wardropper Park - Wardropper Park is a great park for pet owners! This “dog off-leash” park offers an area for dogs to run free and mingle with other dogs, while owners can mingle with other owners.
Sugarloaf Mountain Park - Sugarloaf Mountain Park draws sightseers from all over. The spectacular view is the great reward for trekking up the stairs and along the rocky path that follows. Sugarloaf Mountain may not be ideal for a picnic due to the lack of grassy flat area, however, it is said to be a “must do” for visitors and residents alike with a camera.
Woodstream Park - Woodstream Park is one of many homes for Nanaimo’s wildlife and plant life. This park is a lovely place for a tranquil walk through the forest and along Departure Creek. Woodstream Park is the perfect place to go and take in the beauty of Nanaimo.
Keighley Park - Keighley Park was acquired by the city of Nanaimo in 1980. It is located on the corner of Bay Street and Keighley Road. Keighley Park is a great place for the family to come! The kids are welcome to play on the nautical themed playground and parents are able to keep a watchful eye and enjoy the ocean view at the same time.
Linley Valley - Linley Valley Cottle Lake Park Wilderness park located between Departure and Hammond Bay. Features: several groomed trails and well maintained boardwalks.
Pipers Lagoon Oceanside park with a pebble beach and a lagoon the size of three football fields. Features: Arbutus and Garry Oak trees, eagles and driftwood
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