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 and welcome visitors during our open hours on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Volunteers are available to assist with inquiries.

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. Oak Bay Archives gratefully accepts donations of photographs, family albums, personal papers and other documents relating to the history of Oak Bay.

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 and heritage through public education and outreach programs


Upcoming Events

Stories of the First World War:  Join us for these free talks at the Oak Bay branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library. 

Register at gvpl.ca for these free talks









There and Back Again: Oak Bay Soldiers in the Great War (Wednesday September 26, 2pm)

Soldiers from Oak Bay mobilized, went overseas and served through the hardships of the First World War. Many, but not all, came home. John Azar will profile some soldiers from Oak Bay, describe the final months of the war, the journey home, demobilization and the return to civilian life. Presenter John Azar is chair of the Western Front Association – Pacific Coast Branch, an organization dedicated to the history of the First World War.


My Grandfather at Vimy Ridge (Wednesday October 24, 2pm)

On April 9th, 1917, Allan Woods Hart joined other Canadians in the assault on Vimy Ridge. He not only survived but earned the Military Medal for acts of gallantry and devotion under fire. Later in life, from his home in Oak Bay, he was interviewed by historian Pierre Berton for the 1986 book "VIMY”. Before he died he shared his memories of the Great War with his grandson, Allan Hart, who continues to research and commemorate his grandfather. Presenter Allan Hart is the grandson of Lt. Allan Woods Hart. He has a passion for history and volunteers at Oak Bay Archives. In 2017, he donated his grandfather’s WWI artifacts to Oak Bay Archives.


Hockey Hall of Famers in the Great War (Friday November 16, 2pm)

Thirty players in the Hockey Hall of Fame were also soldiers of the Great War of 1914-18. Alan MacLeod will give a presentation about some of the larger-than-life characters included in this group, with particular emphasis on those with Victoria-area connections or who skated to glory at Oak Bay's Epworth Street arena between 1911 and 1926. Presenster Alan MacLeod is author of Remembered in Bronze and Stone (Heritage, 1916). His latest book is From Rinks to Regiments: Hockey Hall-of-Famers and the Great War (Heritage, 2018).

Stories of the First World War - Poster, Further information

Register at gvpl.ca for these free talks


Past Events

Oak Bay Celebrates Heritage Week: Tuesday Feb 20, 2018 Heritage Week 2018 poster


Oak Bay Archives in the News

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

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

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

Oak Bay News, 10 Nov 2017 92-year-old WWII veteran united with family of fallen soldier after decades-long search

CBC News, 10 Nov 2017 Fallen WW II vet's family connects with RCA comrade thanks to Oak Bay students

Oak Bay News, 28 Jul 2017 A visual history Lekwungen/Songhees people open from Aug 1 to Aug 31 at Oak Bay City Hall

Black Press TV, 28 Jul 2017 Resilience of the People: A visual history of the traditional territory of the Lekwungen/Songhees people

Oak Bay News, 28 May 2017 Oak Bay Archives embarks on first Oak Bay Tea party

Oak Bay News, 24 May 2017 Snap your image of Oak Bay

Oak Bay News, 4 Apr 2017 Oak Bay man memorialized at Vimy

Oak Bay News, 6 Aug 2016 New Oak Bay archivist plans myriad projects

Oak Bay News, 4 Nov 2016 New Oak Bay archives, library partnership highlights pre-Prohibition hotspots

Oak Bay News, 12 Sep 2014 Archivist sparks talk of 19th century

Oak Bay News, 6 Jun 2013 Digging into shovel’s history


Contact Us

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

Tel: 250-598-3290
Email: General Inquiries 
Archivist:  Caroline Duncan

Open Tuesday 9:30am - 12:00pm & Thursday 1pm and 3pm (or by appointment)

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