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

Along the E&N: A Journey Back to the Historic Hotels of Vancouver Island - An illustrated talk by Glen Mofford

Description: Journey back in time along the E&N from 1886 to the 1940s to the hotels that once graced the east side of Vancouver Island. Hear stories of Mike the bartending dog, the arrest of one of the notorious badmen that once rode with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and a murder that took place at the Mt Sicker Hotel.

About the speaker: Author and historian Glen A Mofford has a passion for the social history of BC, specifically historic hotels and their drinking establishments. His first book, Aqua Vitae: A History of the Saloons and Hotel Bars of Victoria, 1851-1917 was published in 2016. Along the E&N: A Journey Back to the Historic Hotels of Vancouver Island (TouchWood Editions, May 2019) is his second book.

Location: Meeting Room, Oak Bay Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 2pm

Space is limited - Register soon for this free event


Oak Bay Archives in the News

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

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

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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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