Oak Bay's Free Summer Concerts in Willows Beach

Summer Concerts at Willows Park

Oak Bay Parks, Recreation, and Culture spoils us in Oak Bay with free concerts on the beach throughout the summer!

The musical line-up is chosen to support established, as well as up and coming local talent who blend musical styles. Audiences can expect something different each time and a chance to enjoy music outdoors.

Bring a blanket and a picnic, and enjoy live music in a beautiful setting. Expect a variety of musical styles by local performers. Willows Beach Park is located at Dalhousie Street at Beach Drive.

All concerts in the series will take place at Willows Beach Park, starting at 6:30pm.

Abkhazi Gardens Tea House

Abkhazi Gardens & Tea House

The Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden offers four-star guest service and exceptional food in a beautiful setting, giving guests a memory to cherish.

Seasonal menus showcase regional or Abkhazi Garden-grown produce, complementing the garden’s appearance when it is in bloom.

 

The Garden that Love Built

Peggy Pemberton-Carter met Prince Nicholas Abkhazi, in Paris in 1922, a prince from a surviving line of kings from the Black Sea region. They found themselves visiting art galleries and conversing in French but were eventually torn apart during World War II.

Peggy met her prince in New York in November 1946, married him and became the Princess Nicholas Abkhazi. They settled in Victoria, where they built their home atop a one-acre property. For over 40 years they cultivated their garden.

In 2000, The Land Conservancy purchased the property to preserve the Garden, the legacy of the Abkhazis.

HOURS

October – March | Wed-Sun | 11 am – 5 pm 

April – September | Every day | 11 am – 5 pm 

Last entrance at 4 pm

Windsor Cafe, Oak Bay

Windsor Cafe

Windsor Cafe is a boutique cafe with a vintage vibe, found in a Tudor style home. Enjoy coffee or wine on the fully licensed garden patio and a seasonally inspired menu constantly being updated. Fresh baked goods in the morning, a bistro-style restaurant in the afternoon till evening.

McNeill Bay Oak Bay

McNeill Bay

This beautiful peaceful beach is rocky and more appropriate for beach strolls than swimming. It’s considered one of the great off-leash dog beaches. Although you will see locals from time to time paddle boarding or windsurfing in McNeill Bay.

Also, known as Shoal Bay, McNeill Bay was named after Captain William Henry McNeill, Master of the Hudson’s Bay Company steamer SS Beaver. This bay is the spot where SS Beaver anchored while scouting for a suitable place for Fort Victoria.

Along the bay is a beautiful esplanade and along Beach Drive, there are plenty of benches to stop and enjoy a nice view of the bay – in the summer, you just might find someone playing the piano!

Native Plant Garden

This garden is a landmark at the corner of Beach Drive and Margate Street, and the landscape is intrinsic in establishing the character of the neighbourhood. The site is also of great ecological value as a green space and nature reserve. It acts as a preserve for plants indigenous to southern Vancouver Island, many of which are endangered by development.

The Native Plant garden is closely associated with the founding settlers of Oak Bay. The original site was part of the home and garden of Arden, designed by Samuel Maclure for Ada and Hugo Beaven in 1908. Mrs. Beaven was the former Ada Pemberton, daughter of JD Pemberton, one of Oak Bay’s original four private landowners and Surveyor General of BC. The site of Arden was part of the Pemberton estate. Hugo Beavan was the son of BC Premier Robert Beaven (1882-1883), who also served as Mayor of Victoria.

In 1939 Mrs. Beaven donated 0.52 acres of her property to the Municipality of Oak Bay to be used as a native plant park.

In keeping with Mrs. Beaven’s wishes, the Municipality has maintained the property in its natural state, two ponds from the original Maclure plans still exist, and the fight against non-native invasive species by dedicated Friends of the Native Plant Garden is on going.

 

Location:
Margate Street & Beach Drive
Dog Information:
Dogs are not allowed in this park.
Accessibility Information:
With the exception of personal assistance devices, wheeled apparatus are not allowed in the park.

 

Lokier Gardens

A small developed garden area (.142 hectare) with roses, shrubs, flowers, benches. This setting provides passers by the opportunity to sit and enjoy its ornamental garden display. The Park is named for former Hamiota Street resident Thomas Lokier, who built the iron entrance gates and donated funds for many of the initial plantings.

Dog Information: 
Dogs must be on leash at all times.
Accessibility Information: 
With the exception of personal assistance devices, wheeled apparatus are not allowed in the park.
McNeil Bay, Oak Bay

Kitty Islet

Kitty Islet is located right along the east side of McNeill Bay. Not your typical park, this natural waterfront park brings you closer to marine life and water vessels soaring by.

Enjoy peaceful views of Trial Island and the Olympic Mountains on the permanent wooden Adirondack chairs perched on the rocky bluffs, ideal for bird watching, fishing, and sea lion watching. The terrain is left untouched and its access can be impeded at times due to the tides.

Painted Pianos Oak Bay

Outdoor Painted Pianos

The avenues of Oak Bay are about to get a little more musical in the summertime. The public painted piano program is one that brings joy and energy to our beautiful community. Each year, four to five new pianos are purchased and painted by local artists. They are then placed in chosen locations along the coast, in the parks, and around Oak Bay Village.

The pianos are placed outdoors in July and they remain there until September. Anybody can play the pianos from 10 a.m. to dusk daily when they will be covered for the night.

The program is organized by Oak Bay Arts Laureate, Barbara Adams, in partnership with Oak Bay Parks, Recreation, and Culture.

Oak Bay Tea Party

Oak Bay Tea Party

For over 50 years, Oak Bay has celebrated the first weekend in June with the Oak Bay Tea Party. The parade kicks off early on the Saturday morning, and is led all through Oak Bay to its final destination, Willows Beach. Don’t miss the Mayor of Oak Bay, as he usually leads the parade (and tosses a couple of kilos of candy along the way).

Enjoy carnival rides throughout the whole weekend, an air show, ladies nail driving contest, Mayor’s floating teacup challenge, live bands, raffles, baron of beef, a kiddy coral, and much more for the whole family.

Why do we celebrate the Oak Bay Tea Party you ask? Because it’s fun! The event is a non-profit organization that fundraises for organizations such as Oak Bay Kiwanis, Lions, and community projects.

For more info about participating in the parade, sponsorships, event times, etc, please visit the Oak Bay Tea Party website for updates.

Come for the unique, Oak Bay experience!

Oak Bay Village Christmas Light Up

Oak Bay Village Christmas Light-Up

Every year as the cooler sea air sets in, Oak Bay Village welcomes the oncoming holidays with a grand Light Up festival.

Family activities start at 2 PM with a bouncy castle, street games, craft stations and lighted trucks. Onstage entertainment begins at 3 PM. Plus enjoy roasted chestnuts, letters to Santa, and thousands of lights on buildings, trees and lampposts throughout the Village.

Santa Claus arrives in style riding an Oak Bay Fire Truck to really get things started!

The Oak Bay Christmas Festival kicks off the last Sunday in November with the Light Up