Departure Bay

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Get to Know Departure Bay

Discover the charm of Departure Bay, a picturesque seaside neighbourhood nestled near Nanaimo’s bustling ferry terminal. This well-established area, just a stone’s throw from Hammond Bay, offers a scenic retreat in a unique bowl-shaped valley that gently slopes down to a sprawling beach. In Departure Bay, diversity in real estate is a given – from stylish newer constructions to classic older homes, all set on generously sized lots. Experience luxury living with select homes boasting prime positions along the serene seashore or perched atop rugged bluffs, offering breathtaking views of the ocean and mountains.

Departure Bay isn’t just about stunning views; it’s a community with practicality at its heart. Residents enjoy the convenience of being in close proximity to a plethora of shopping destinations, including the popular Country Club Centre. Adding to the allure of this Nanaimo neighbourhood is the Nanaimo Golf Club, a gem on the edge of Departure Bay, and the nearby Island Highway, providing easy access to Nanaimo’s vibrant north end and the historic downtown core. Embrace a lifestyle where scenic beauty meets everyday convenience in Departure Bay.

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Schools

Nanaimo Montessori School
945 Waddington Road, Nanaimo, BC
(250) 753-0649

Brechin Elementary
510 Millstone Ave., Nanaimo, BC
(250) 754-7523

Forest Park Elementary
2050 Latimer Road, Nanaimo, BC
(250) 758-6892

Nanaimo District Secondary
355 Wakesiah Ave, Nanaimo, BC,
(250) 740-2000

*school catchment areas can change without notice; click the school locator link below to verify:
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Beaches and Parks

Beach Estates Park – Most of this park is trail, leading down to a small pebbly beach and the ocean. Features: beautiful waterfalls and ample lush greenery.

Beban Park – Large park with several areas for sports and play. Features: outdoor pool, trails, disc golf course, skate bowl, seniors’ center, 2 picnic shelters with children’s playgrounds, tennis courts, beach volleyball, horseshoes, seasonal petting zoo and duck pond. Trails along the Millstone River lead to a scenic waterfall and rhododendron grove.

Beaufort Park – Park with community garden. Features: tennis courts, walking trails and a year round dog off leash area that is partially fenced.

Hawthorne Park – Named after the English Hawthorne bushes that populate the area, this park is a perfect for an evening jog or walk, alone or with your pet. The park surrounds ponds and has many trail loops to follow.

Bowen Park – Bowen Park offers both sports and tranquility. This particular park stays busy year round because of all the activities it offers. During the summer months the outdoor swimming pool opens up and becomes a great way to cool off on those hot days. During the winter months, the hills are great for tobogganing. All throughout the year the playgrounds and seniors centre are open and keep the park very busy with people from all ages.

Buttertubs Marsh – Two km loop trail around this bird and wildlife sanctuary. Features: observation decks and a tower, and walking or running trail.

Colliery Dam Park – Large park with designated dog off leash area 6am-10am and then again 4pm to dusk daily. Features: trail system, waterfall, and fresh-water swimming (no lifeguard on duty).

Living Forest Park – Campground and RV Park –open year round. Features: 50 acres for private, family sized camp sites. Trails, ocean views, bicycling, paddling, swimming, birding, basketball, bocce, beach volley ball.

Westwood Lake – Westwood Lake Park has a much used 5.51 km trail around the lake in the foothills of Mt. Benson. Features: beach area and swimming with lifeguard patrol (June-August), children’s play park, running and walking trails, with shorter trails available towards the south end of the trail. Electric motors and non- powered boating allowed, washroom and change room building on site.

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