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 through public education and outreach program


Upcoming Events

Heritage Week Lecture - "A Heritage Neighbourhood: The Story of St Patrick Street, Oak Bay"
Friday, February 22, 2019
2pm in the meeting room at the Oak Bay Library

Celebrate Heritage Week with authors Robert Taylor and Janet Morningstar as they take you on a virtual tour of St Patrick Street from its earliest development to the 1970s. Explore the neighbourhood’s architectural and social history and learn about the archival sources used in the research for their book An Architectural and Social History of St. Patrick Street (2018).

Space is limited - register soon for this free event!  Register online at gvpl.ca


Oak Bay Archives in the News

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

...Read more


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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