Collections

Municipal Records

Since the incorporation on the District of Oak Bay in 1906, official records have been created to document the activities and decisions of the municipality. These records include minutes, bylaws, correspondence, financial ledgers, property records, maps and plans, utility permits, and records relating to roads and infrastructure.  Many of these records are preserved at Oak Bay Archives and include:

Oak Bay Archives is working on a number of projects to provide online public access to these records.  Projects include digitization of photographs, transcription of early tax assessments and permits, and the creation of finding aids. 

Please visit the Municipal Records page for more information.

Community Records

  • Association of Women Electors
  • Terry Reksten Fonds
  • Monterey School records
  • Uplands School records
  • Tod House
  • Harling Point
  • Village Crafts

Please visit the Community Records page for more information.

Maps & Plans

Historical maps and plans of Oak Bay are available for reference at the Archives. Researchers are encouraged to make an appointment for viewing.

  • Fire Insurance Plans
  • Early street maps

Please visit the Maps & Plans page for more information.

Oral History

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

Currently, a project to interview artists in Oak Bay is underway and transcripts of the interviews will be added to the website.

Please contact Oak Bay Archives if you would like to suggest the name of someone to be interviewed.

Please visit the Oral History page for more information.