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.

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

Volunteer Opportunities

  • 1921 Census Project: Thanks to our team of dedicated volunteers the 1921 Census Project has now been completed and the data will be posted on our Research page soon.  When the Census of Canada was taken in 1921, Oak Bay had a population of 4,150. The census records provide a wealth of information for family history research including name, age, occupation, religion, language and birth place for each resident. 
  • 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

Past Events

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


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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