Research Guides

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 Archives Access Update page


Oak Bay Archives maintains a reference library of local history publications normally available to researchers during our public hours.

In 2018, we were delighted to receive a gift from the Estate of Jim Munro of more than 200 books from his personal collection on local and BC history. We welcome donations of local history books to add to our library.



Oak Bay: The Making of a Suburban Landscape by Dr Larry McCann, UVIC - "Oak Bay, located on the sea-rimmed, southeastern edge of Greater Victoria, was incorporated a century ago, in 1906. Today, it is home to nearly 18,000 people. For these residents and visitors, too, the physical landscape contributes mightily to Oak Bay's picturesque charm. Along the waterfront, wave-whipped bays, sandy beaches, and rocky ledges offer enduring natural beauty. Inland, just steps away from the sea and adding to Oak Bay's allure, are Garry Oak meadows, granite hills and knolls, and attractive gardens of exotic plants, shrubs, and trees... read more

Research Guides


Oak Bay Street Names Origins

Did you know that Beach Drive was once called Mount Baker Road?  Or that Windsor Road was known as Saratoga? Street names offer a fascinating view of how the municipality has developed over the decades. In the early years, names were given to Oak Bay streets without consideration of whether or not they duplicated names already in use in adjacent areas. As a result of this practice, names had to be changed on numerous occasions following complaints from postal authorities about confusion in mail delivery. At one time, there were three streets in Oak Bay with the name Gonzales... read more

Oak Bay Street Names - index of street names and origins (pdf)


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

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