Departure Bay

A family-friendly neighbourhood where two hills meet above the bay and beach.

Welcome to Departure Bay

Offering some of the best ocean views in Nanaimo, Departure Bay is a family-friendly neighbourhood where two hills meet above the bay and beach. This area offers a mix of newer and older homes in various styles and price points. Homes in this neighbourhood are near tons of amenities including Country Club Shopping Center. Locals are drawn to the golf course, Sugarloaf Mountain Park, Pipers Lagoon, and of course, Departure Bay Beach.
 
This centrally located neighbourhood features all types of homes, from condos and modest split-levels to luxury homes perched on the rocky bluffs. Some of the residences back onto the Nanaimo Golf Course where tall evergreens, willows, and maple trees frame picture-perfect views. This neighborhood is conveniently located with schools, parks, and shopping malls all just a quick drive away.
 
 
 
 
Some of the best ocean views in Nanaimo are on sunny days when there is a slight breeze. The entire bay glistens as the sunlight dances off of the ripples in the water. These views can be enjoyed by many of the ocean-view neighborhoods that surround the bay including Cilaire to the south, ‘Lynburn’ to the east, Stephenson Point, and Glen Oaks to the North. Shopping is not too far away with big box stores in North Nanaimo and boutique shopping in the Old City.
 

Bathtub Races

The Nanaimo “Great” INTERNATIONAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BATHTUB RACE & four-day Nanaimo Marine Festival has evolved. You can easily watch the race in mid-July from many areas of the beach. Where once a select band of tubers were the highlight, they now share the spotlight with many other land and water events which are interesting and often spectacular to watch.
 
 
One of our beautiful listings in the neighbourhood.

Overview for Departure Bay, British Columbia

6,540 people live in Departure Bay, where the median age is 62 and the average individual income is $119,600. Data provided by Statistics Canada.

6,540

Total Population

62 years

Median Age

Medium

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$119,600

Average individual Income

Around Departure Bay, British Columbia

There's plenty to do around Departure Bay, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

24
Car-Dependent
Walking Score
24
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including The Pie Factory, Rusted Rake Brewing, and Maggie's Seafood Market.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 0.49 miles 7 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining 0.89 miles 24 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining 2.06 miles 11 reviews 4.2/5 stars
Dining 3.81 miles 1 review 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 4.32 miles 52 reviews 3.9/5 stars
Dining · $$ 3.72 miles 32 reviews 3.7/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Departure Bay, British Columbia

Departure Bay has 2,985 households, with an average household size of 2.2. Data provided by Statistics Canada. Here’s what the people living in Departure Bay do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by Statistics Canada. 6,540 people call Departure Bay home. The population density is 0.167 and the largest age group is Data provided by Statistics Canada.

6,540

Total Population

Medium

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

62

Median Age

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-19:

10-19 Years

20-24:

20-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
2,985

Total Households

2.2

Average Household Size

$119,600

Average individual Income

Households with Children

With Children:

Without Children:

Marital Status

Married
Single
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Blue vs White Collar Workers

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