More than 7,000 photographs from Oak Bay Archives' photographic collections, from the 1870s to the early 21st century, have been digitized and are available to browse and search online. Images include residential and commercial buildings, streetscapes, beaches, sports & recreation, families, and more. The online collection is currently split between two platforms, so be sure to visit both:

Search/browse Photos on

Search/browse Photos on flickr

To request copies of digital images or permission to publish, please complete the Visual Records Permission Form and return it by email to


Contact Us

The Archives are open to visitors & researchers in person by appointment in advance during staffed hours, normally on Tuesdays and Fridays 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Drop-in hours: Tuesdays 10-1. Enquiries are also welcome by email, phone and post. For all archives enquiries and appointment requests:

Tel: 250-598-3290 (please include an email address in your message if possible)
Oak Bay Archives
2167 Oak Bay Avenue
Victoria, British Columbia V8R 1G2