Welcome to Oak Bay Archives

Oak Bay Archives collects, preserves and provides access to Oak Bay's historical records. We are located on the lower level of the Oak Bay Municipal Hall. The Archives are closed to visitors & researchers in person until further notice. As of May 2020, the part-time professional archivist is able to carry out some research on behalf of enquirers, and welcomes enquiries by email, phone and post (details below).

Oak Bay Archives was established by the District of Oak Bay in 1994 and serves as the central repository of the community's historical records. The Archivist is always happy to discuss potential donations of original historic photographs, family albums, personal papers and other documents relating to the history of Oak Bay and its residents, businesses and community organizations (please note that we are not currently able to accept new accessions, see below).

*For current information about access to the Archives in 2021, please see this

 Archives Access Update page


Oak Bay Archives serves the community by:

> Collecting and preserving Oak Bay's documentary heritage, including the official records of the municipality

> Providing public access to corporate and community records

> Raising awareness of Oak Bay's history through public education and outreach programs


Oak Bay Archives in the News

Students explore days gone by at Oak Bay Archives Oak Bay News, 14 Mar 2019

Archivist places certificates on graves of Oak Bay soldiers who died in the First World War Oak Bay News, 9 Nov 2018

Heritage Fair at Ecole Willows...primary research sources from Oak Bay Archives Oak Bay News, 20 Apr 2018

Crowds turn out to explore gems from Oak Bay Archives Oak Bay News, 21 Feb 2018

Oak Bay celebrates heritage with archive finds and walking tours Oak Bay News, 13 Feb 2018

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Contact Us

Oak Bay Archives
2167 Oak Bay Avenue
Victoria, British Columbia V8R 1G2

Tel: 250-598-3290
Email: General Inquiries 

Follow us on Twitter @OakBayArchives