Corporate Records

Municipal, or Corporate, records are created to document the activities and decisions of the District of Oak Bay. These records include minutes, bylaws, correspondence, financial ledgers, tax assessments, maps and plans, building permits, Police & Fire records, and records relating to roads and infrastructure. The municipal holdings at Oak Bay Archives include records dating back to the District's incorporation in 1906. Browse the Archives` holdings of Corporate Records

Private Records

Oak Bay Archives collects and preserves the records of Oak Bay individuals, families, schools, businesses, and organizations. Our community holdings include the records of Monterey School, Uplands School, Tod House, the Oak Bay Tea Party, Terry Reksten, and many local families. Browse Private Records descriptions.

Maps & Plans

Historic maps and plans of Oak Bay are available for reference at the Archives, including Fire Insurance Plans (1925-1940), early street maps, plans of the Victoria/Patrick Arena (1911), house plans, and more. Browse Maps & Plans

Oral History

The Oral History Collection at Oak Bay Archives consists of more than 100 interviews with long time residents and former elected officials. Browse Oral History holdings

Reference files

The local history reference files consist of news cuttings, magazine articles, brochures and leaflets, copies of relevant photos from other archives, copies of maps and other news and ephemera on a wide range of topics related to life in Oak Bay. Browse subject headings


Contact Us

The Archives are open to visitors & researchers in person by appointment in advance during staffed hours, normally on Tuesdays and Fridays 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Drop-in hours: Tuesdays 10-1. Enquiries are also welcome by email, phone and post. For all archives enquiries and appointment requests:

Tel: 250-598-3290 (please include an email address in your message if possible)

Oak Bay Archives
2167 Oak Bay Avenue
Victoria, British Columbia V8R 1G2

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