Oak Bay BC Real Estate & Attractions
About Oak Bay, British Columbia
The Garry Oak Meadows and nearby Salish Sea has been has been inhabited by a number of Aboriginal groups for centuries, some of whom lived there permanently and others that used the area as temporary camps. They worked hard harvesting all that the meadows and the sea provided while understanding the importance of sustainability for their environment. One can still see archeological sites and numerous artifacts that point to the historical richness of Oak Bay.
The late 1700’s saw the first European explorers to the area and subsequently the establishment of Fort Victoria in 1843. During this time the Hudson’s Bay Company controlled much of the land now known as Oak Bay. The second half of the 19th century saw a number of family farms being established, one of which (Tod House) still stands today.
Today’s Oak Bay was incorporated in 1906. The area soon established more reliable transportation methods along with sewer and water pipes allowing for some of the first homes to be built in areas such as:
• Oak Bay Avenue
• Cadboro Bay Road
• The Central Waterfront District
The early 1960’s gave way to one of the last major development surges including the establishment of Oak Bay Marina. Today one can see examples of the fine architecture used to build neighbourhoods such as:
• Tudor Revival
• Arts and Crafts
• Art Deco, and more
Real Estate in Oak Bay BC
Throughout recent history, Oak Bay has, and still continues to be made up primarily of single family residential homes. The climate, natural landscapes, and location are core factors in Oak Bay being one of the most sought after places to live in all of Greater Victoria. Today, the majority of residents are between the ages of 45 to 65 years.
In 2015 Oak Bay real estate saw the sale of 325 single family homes which was more than half seen in Victoria & Victoria West combined, whose total sales numbered 563. Condominium sales in Oak Bay for the same year ran at 61 units with an annual average of $437,533. Looking at this average dollar amount, it’s important to keep in mind that the price range is quite wide. It is still possible to enter the Oak Bay real estate market for just over $100,000 or continue to the higher end where luxury homes can run upwards of $2,000,000.
With an excellent education system, year round sporting and leisure activities along with fine dining, and an abundance of cultural activities, Oak Bay real estate will continue to be highly sought after.
Oak Bay Attractions and Resources
Education is often the primary concern for families looking to purchase a home in Oak Bay. With a number of well respected elementary schools, a first class high school, pre-schools, a private school, along with the University of Victoria, Oak Bay’s education system is second to none.
With Two golf courses, a marina, yacht club, and three recreation centres, there is almost no limit to both indoor and outdoor activities for all age groups.
Oak Bay has had its own police department since 1906 and proudly maintains a reputation for being one of Canada’s safest communities. The fire department has 26 career firefighters in addition to their support personnel.
Oak Bay also runs an emergency program which is responsible for the development of their ERRPlan (Emergency Response and Recovery Plan). Their duties encompass many vital community issues such as:
- Risk assessment
- Business continuity
Oak Bay’s breathtaking views, scenic coastline, along with its stately mansions, luxury condos and high quality of life all contribute to it being a highly sought after community.
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Local Resources and Information
Oak Bay Attractions
Anglican Church of St Mary the Virgin
St. Mary’s, located in the heart of Oak Bay on southern Vancouver Island provides not only worship but an array of much needed support and services to the community and surrounding area. They actively support such services as: The Mustard Seed, Project Grains, Christmas Hampers, and more. They also share their premises with both the Canadian College of Performing Arts and the Oak Bay Parent Owned Preschool. They offer regular Sunday and Wednesday morning worship. St. Mary’s also has rental space available which is perfect for such things as concerts and rehearsals as well as holding and helping to arrange such events as: Baptisms, Weddings, and Celebrations of Life.Learn More
Gonzales Hill Regional Park
This pristine 1.80 hectare park is located in the heart of the city on southern Vancouver Island. Gonzales Hill Regional Park boasts a natural and protected landscape with a magnificent stand of Garry Oak trees and, in the spring, a profusion of rare wildflowers. The Gonzales Observatory which is recognized as a heritage building sits on top of the hill and acts as a research facility for the University of Victoria gathering information on atmospheric trace gases. There are 3 access trails and several benches where one can take in breathtaking views Clover Point, Mt. Douglas, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Gulf Islands, and more.Learn More
The Marina Restaurant on southern Vancouver Island is one of the finest examples of true West Coast dining at its best. Enjoy mouth-watering and sustainable seafood, an array of regional cuisine and a relaxing Sunday brunch alongside spectacular ocean views. All the items on their lunch and dinner menus as well as the sushi bar are 100% Ocean Wise Certified. Not only does this add considerably to the amazing taste of their food but it also means that all seafood they serve is caught or raised in a sustainable way. The Marina Restaurant also hosts private functions and special events in their Marina Dockside Eatery; a beautiful venue with access to their spacious deck.Learn More
Oak Bay Recreation Centre
The Oak Bay Recreation Centre is definitely the place to go for an incredible array of recreation and leisure activities for all age groups, interests, and abilities. From fitness classes, weight training, hockey for preschoolers to adults, tennis, skating, soccer to bridge or learning French, the Centre truly has something for everyone. Their facility hours typically run from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. for many activities making it easy to fit into even the most hectic schedules. The atmosphere at Oak Bay Recreation Centre is welcoming, inclusive and staff is always eager to help you find the programs that fit you and your family’s needs.Learn More
Uplands Park is located on southern Vancouver Island and has one of the largest concentrations of rare plant species in the country. It has been left to evolve and flourish naturally allowing the plants and animals that call this park home thrive uninhibited. There is a fabulous Garry Oak meadow and all its related ecosystems on the eastern boundary of the park which is bounded by the ocean. There is beach access, picnic tables and well-used walking trails with amazing, scenic views. It is definitely the perfect place to immerse oneself in the natural beauty that exists throughout Vancouver Island.Learn More
Victoria Golf Club
Enjoy a day of camaraderie and world-class golf at Victoria Golf Club located on southern Vancouver Island. The mild, temperate climate of the area allows for golfing 365 days a year. They offer several membership categories, three dining options, an award-winning Pro & Back Shop, a fireside lounge and much more. The Club also believes strongly in giving back to the community where they live and work and raise more than $100,000 every year for deserving local charities. With amazing and picturesque views both on and off the course members are seldom in a hurry to leave the Club and enjoy the company of both old and new friendships.Learn More
Located in Oak Bay on southern Vancouver Island, Willows Beach is just a short 15-minute drive from downtown Victoria. It’s the perfect spot for spending the day with family and friends with plenty of amenities and activities for all ages. The beach has grassy areas, change rooms, a concession stand, picnic tables, a playground, washrooms, and more. Paddle or swim with great views of Discovery Island and Mount Baker in the background. Visit the Kiwanis Tea Room and the Salish Sea Walk of the Planets and go on a leisurely hike that has benches and a view point or spend the day swimming and building sandcastles or perhaps enjoy a friendly game of volley ball. Whatever your idea of a perfect fun-filled summer day includes; Willows Beach will not disappoint you.Learn More
Oak Bay Marina
Located in a picturesque sheltered bay on southern Vancouver Island, Oak Bay Marina is full-service marina frequented by locals and summer vacationers alike. They offer permanent and temporary mooring, a fuel dock, a full-service chandlery, ship repairs, and much more. The Marina Restaurant offers waterfront fine-dining as well as a more casual setting at their Marina Dockside Eatery. One can arrange fishing charters in search of amazing West Coast Salmon, kayak rentals and tours to bike rentals for exploring the amazing natural landscapes along a huge network of bike paths around the area. Whether you are docking for the day, spending the summer or taking a short 10-minute drive from downtown Victoria, Oak Bay Marina is a must for anyone in the Oak Bay area.Learn More
Oak Bay Municipal Hall
This picturesque seaside community of more than 17,000 residents is located on southern Vancouver Island. The Oak Bay Municipal Hall is responsible for the well-being and safety of its residents and provides several recreation centres, parks, beaches and a multitude of activities and events for families and individuals of all ages. The community has been recognized as one of the safest places to live in Canada. Whatever one may need from amenities to garbage collection, sports facilities, parks, or community planning, the Municipal Hall and their website is your one-stop source of information. The staff are there to help direct you to the department that will be able to answer all your questions.Learn More
Hotels & Accomodations
Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Located on southern Vancouver Island, Oak Bay Beach Hotel will surround you in luxury with 5-Star services, a host of complimentary amenities in their one-of-a-kind waterfront resort. From weddings to conferences, a romantic get-away, and family holidays, guests are given the VIP treatment the moment they arrive. There are also a host of nearby activities and adventure tours suitable for the whole family. From world class golfing to strolling through Butchart Gardens, Whale Watching to museums and beaches, whatever you are looking for, the staff at Oak Bay Beach Hotel will do whatever they can to make your stay a memorable one.Learn More