Search Photos

More than 1,000 photographs have been digitized by our volunteers and are available to search online. Images include residential and commercial buildings, streetscapes, sports & recreation, families, and more. The collection dates from the 1870s to recent times. 

To order copies of digital images please complete the Visual Records Permission Form and return it by email to Caroline Duncan at

Oak Bay Then & Now

Re-create images from the Archives!

Oak Bay Archives invites you to explore our community’s past & present. 

  • Search our photographs online (or use your own family photos)
  • Choose an image - get creative!
  • Email your Now photo (max. 5 MB)  to Oak Bay Archives along with the reference number or copy of the archival image
  • Include a story about your connection to the place or subject
  • Selected photos will be exhibited in Fall 2017, shared on our website and social media, and archived to create a snapshot of Oak Bay in 2017

Email your submissions to Caroline Duncan at

Deadline to submit is July 31, 2017

Read about the Then & Now project in the Oak Bay News