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.

The 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. For further information please contact Caroline Duncan, Archivist, at cduncan@oakbay.ca.

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

Then & Now Project

Learn more about our Then & Now project and how you can get involved!

Volunteer Opportunities

  • 1921 Census Project: Help us transcribe the Oak Bay entries from the 1921 Census of Canada!  When the national census was taken in 1921 Oak Bay had a population of 4,500. The census records provide a wealth of information for family history research including name, age, occupation, religion, language and birth place for each resident.  Volunteers have finished transcribing the 1911 census (soon to be posted online) and are starting to work on 1921. Please contact the archivist at cduncan@oakbay.ca if you can help us with this project.
  • Special Events: Oak Bay Archives participates in community events throughout the year including the Oak Bay Tea Party, the summer Night Markets, and local history talks in partnership with GVPL. We often need volunteers to help set up displays and distribute information. If you have an hour or two to spare and would like to join us please let us know!

Oak Bay Archives in the News


Contact Us

Oak Bay Archives
2167 Oak Bay Avenue
Victoria, BC V8R 1G2

Tel: 250-598-3290
Email: obarchives@oakbay.ca (general inquiries) or cduncan@oakbay.ca (Archivist)

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