Featuring: Oak Bay
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Oak Bay can be described in a variety of ways but the first words that come to mind are picturesque, relaxed and quiet. The small suburban community is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. “With a population of approximately 18,000, it forms part of the Greater Victoria urban area, and, along with 12 other municipal governments, comprises the Capital Regional District, (https://www.oakbay.ca/our-community/about).” Oak Bay also has a rich history that began with aboriginal groups camping and living permanently at tidewater sites harvesting the bounty of the Garry Oak meadow landscape and nearby sea. “The first European explorers arrived in the late 1700's, ultimately establishing Fort Victoria in 1843. At this time the Hudson's Bay Company had control over most of the land that makes up Oak Bay, followed by several family farms established through the second half of the 19th Century to service Victoria, (https://www.oakbay.ca/our-community/about/history).” The early 1960’s were the last push of development in Oak Bay, with Oak Bay Marina being established and the final residential neighbourhoods built. The architecture of Oak Bay reflects many styles prominent through its history.
Oak Bay Village: “The avenue,” as its called by the locals is a tight knit array of some of Victoria’s best shops. With loads of restaurants, cafes, shops, artisan grocery stores and bakeries the avenue has a little something for everybody. On “the second Wednesday in June, July, August and September, Oak Bay Village becomes a European style market between 4 and 8 pm, (http://www.visitoakbayvillage.ca/index.php?area_id=1003&article_id=3).” Almost 100 artisan vendors featuring a variety of farm produce including artisan bread, preserves, cakes, cookies, and pies. “A variety of locally-crafted items including jewellery, clothing, wood turned items, pottery, art cards, furniture and more. New this year there will be wine, beer, cider and gin sampling and sales. Live music, magic presentations, demonstrations and more, (http://www.oakbaytourism.com/).”
Oak Bay Beach Hotel: The Oak Bay Beach hotel has a rich history and hosts some of Oak Bay’s best features. “The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is the ultimate blend of luxury service, style and comfort. With our exclusive partnerships and access, let us connect you to unrivalled Pacific-Northwest adventures, so that you can enjoy a more comfortable pace and appreciate the finer things in life, (http://www.oakbaytourism.com/listings/where-to-stay).” The Snug pub is by far the best place in the community to grab a pint and enjoy the views too!
Oak Bay Marina: The Oak Bay Marina is a full-service marina located just a mere ten minutes from downtown Victoria. It is situated in a sheltered bay in south Oak Bay, with spectacular views of Mount Baker. “A full-service chandlery, gift shop, fuel dock, ship repairs and plenty of free parking make the marina a perfect destination for summer cruisers or permanent moorage, (http://www.oakbaymarina.com).”
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