At a Glance
With its quaint tree-lined streets and many shops, boutiques, restaurants, and cafés, Oak Bay has often been described as more English than England itself. This is a charming neighbourhood that will take you back to another time.
What to Expect
For many, there’s nowhere else to live in Victoria. In Oak Bay, you’ll encounter single-family homes of architectural beauty—in styles as different as Tudor Revival, Art Deco, and Arts and Crafts—along with new, modern-style homes and some condo and strata developments. One of Victoria’s great established neighbourhoods, Oak Bay has top-level schools, generous waterfront, and easy access to marinas and boating.
A Few of Our Favourite Spots
Oak Bay Village
Stroll streets lined with charming boutiques, art galleries, cafes, pubs, and restaurants.
Demitasse Cafe and Garden Centre
Enjoy a cup of coffee and a baked treat, and then cap off your visit with a new houseplant or two.
Find delicious and beautifully presented sushi and other Japanese favourites at this popular spot.
Oak Bay Bikes
We love this shop for its attentive, knowledgeable staff and great selection of bikes to rent and buy.
Pure Vanilla Bakery + Cafe
Sitting on this cafe’s back patio with a lemon tart and a cappuccino? A great start to a day in Oak Bay.
Vis a Vis
This intimate French bistro is a wonderful place to enjoy a leisurely lunch or romantic dinner.
Penny Farthing Pub
Head to the Penny Farthing for a traditional British Pub experience in the heart of Oak Bay.
Anderson Hill Park
Follow trails past towering Garry Oak trees and enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific and the surrounding city.
Oak Bay is home to long-established residents and young families with children.
While it’s a bit of a walk from Oak Bay to Downtown, you can certainly get there by bike, bus, or car. There’s so much goodness in the neighbourhood itself, however, that you won’t find much reason to leave. Enjoy a relaxing stroll down quiet residential streets, linger over a cup of coffee on an outdoor patio in the village, or walk along the coastline and take in the view.
With commercial activity centred around the main arteries and a small cluster of villages, Oak Bay is a serene neighbourhood graced with historic charm and neighbours who will stop to say hello. Discover quiet streets lined with stately trees and row upon row of gorgeous century-old homes.
There’s More to Discover
There are many more great neighbourhoods to explore! Check out our guide to the unique communities we live and work in.