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, Anna Sander, 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. Please contact the Archivist 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. 

*For current information about access to the Archives in 2022, please see the

 Archives Access Update page


Oak Bay Archives serves the community by:

  • Collecting and preserving Oak Bay's documentary heritage, including historic community records and municipal corporate records
  • 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

Oak Bay Connect : blog posts about local history and Oak Bay Archives holdings, from the municipal archivist and archives volunteers.

Oak Bay Archives on Twitter

'Photos: A look at troop training in Oak Bay during the First World War' showing views of Willows Camp from OBA. Oak Bay News, November 2021.

'Pets of Oak Bay Past' featuring several Archives photos from the Pattinson collection. Oak Bay Neighbours magazine, November 2021

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


Contact Us

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

Closed to visitors and researchers in person until further notice, enquiries welcome.

Tel: 250-598-3290 (please include an email address in your message if possible)
Email: Enquiries 

Follow us on Twitter @OakBayArchives