Oak Bay has long been considered the most attractive residential
community in Greater Victoria. It will capture your heart and
fill all of your senses with its beauty and the road that gets
you there is the scenic marine drive.
This exceptionally scenic
marine drive follows the Pacific Ocean with wonderfully high viewpoints,
the Royal Victoria Golf Course (rumoured to have a ghost), and
beaches and marinas to explore along the way.
Stately waterfront mansions hug the rugged shorelines both to
the east and south.
The University of Victoria borders Oak Bay
to the north and Foul Bay Road sits on the west. You can usually
count on a westerly wind to follow you to Oak Bay, where the sunrises
in the mornings beckon many a salmon fisherperson.
Oak Bay has
the million dollar views at any time of day.
The backdrop is the towering but sleek snow-capped Mount Baker.
Marine life in its natural habitat can often be seen from the
shores in Oak Bay. The sailors, fisherpeople and kayakers are
not alone on the ocean. They are likely to be sharing the sea
with one of three pods of killer whales, or a grey or minke whale
- and/or of course the curious harbour seals.
At some point in it's history Oak Bay captured the nickname "Tweed Curtain," which coincidently refers to its long held British heritage - reflective of its varied residents. This may explain the tearooms.
In changing with the times, Oak Bay also boasts cafes, pubs, take-out
fish and chips, restaurants and a quaint shopping centre.
There is also an array of beautiful gardens to see, smell and
feel and parks with plenty of viewpoints.
Birding on Vancouver Island -
Amongst the undisturbed
areas and homes to an abundance of bird life are: Uplands Park,
Cattle Point, Anderson Hill Park, the Chinese Cemetery at Harling
Point and Gonzales Hill - at one time a weather station and a
seismic and astrophysical observatory.
Besides being bicycle friendly, Oak Bay is also walking friendly.
The area takes pride in its many peaceful streets with elegant homes
and gardens. You may never want to go on four wheels again! As you walk
or cycle, take time to look up at the stately Garry Oak trees which
embrace most streets. These trees are native to Western Canada. With
each passing garden, take in a deep breath and breathe in the blend
of floral aromas with wisps of salty sea air.
Only in Oak Bay you say?
Another way to experience the area is from the sea. Who knows, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the
infamous Cadborosourus on one of these tours - Oak Bay's version of
the second cousin (twice removed) of Lock Ness Nellie! Whether you visit Oak Bay with
the lilacs, tulips and daffodils in the spring, the roses in the summer
or the golden autumn in the festive winter - Oak Bay will put a charm
on you and there is sure to be a warm welcome awaiting you.