Oak Bay Archives can help you research:

  • Your house & neighbourhood
  • Schools & public buildings
  • Street names
  • Businesses & commercial buildings
  • Parks & beaches
  • Municipal development
  • Oak Bay families

Reference materials - including books, news clippings, copies of maps and photographs, directories - are available to researchers in the public reference room. Archival material may be viewed upon request and finding aids are available for many collections.  Volunteers are on hand to assist and look forward to your visit.


Oak Bay Archives maintains a small library of local history books available for use by researchers in the Archives, including:

  • A History of Oak Bay in Photographs, an Oak Bay Centennial publication, 2006
  • The History of Oak Bay written by former Reeve George Murdoch in 1968 (available as a pdf download)

View our list of local history publications.

Research Guides

Oak Bay Archives is developing a series of research guides on popular topics to help researchers use the archival and reference materials available in the Archives. Follow the links below to our research guides:

Oak Bay History

Learn more about the history of Oak Bay

Oak Bay Street Names

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.

Learn more about the origins of street names in Oak Bay.

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