Bowker Creek Brush Up Oak Bay

Bowker Creek Brush Up

Each August during Oak Bay’s Arts & Culture Festival, Bowker Creek comes alive with artists and art enthusiasts. Over 40 artists come down, set up their easels, display their art, and paint away – providing demonstrations and insight into how their create their art.

More than 2000 spectators come through this beautiful event along the creek. It’s a wonderful event to explore your creative side, ask questions of the artists, and take home some art!

There is food and drink available, and a live band!

For more information, contact the Oak Bay Community Artists Society.

Oak Bay Collector Car Show

Oak Bay Collector Car Festival

Every year, on a late summer Sunday, Oak Bay Avenue is filled end to end with classic Collector Car from days gone by. Tailfins, V8’s, maybe a Batmobile, a Starky’s and Hutch cruiser, or a Model T. There’s enough rumble to set off the city’s Ritcher scale.

With over 300 classics, hot rods, sports cars – all fast, all weird, all cool, as far as the eye can see. The show includes whole areas dedicated to Aston Martins, Alfa Romeos, Victoria’s Electric Vehicle Club (Teslas up close!), and more.

Bring your Collector to this year’s show! The only requirement is that you know your vehicle has got uniqueness and that you love it! It doesn’t matter if it’s straight off the showroom, got a ding or two, a little rusty, or so shiny it increases the air’s temperature around it. Some vehicles we see are a work-in-progress, and every year there’s something we’ve never seen before. It’s all about variety and the love of cars. It’s an automotive mosaic.

Oak Bay’s Collector Car Show includes live music, 50/50 draws, and of course, the famous Prime Rib Barbeque.

Oak Bays Artists' Studio Tour

Annual Artists’ Studio Tours

Oak Bay’s art scene truly is unique! Resident artists of Oak Bay open up the doors to their homes and studios several times a year and invite the public in to view and appreciate their art.

These tours are self-guided and free. There are around 25 local artists that participate, showing paintings in watercolour, acrylic, and oil, as well as ceramics, jewelry, photography, fibre art, paper castings, art cards, woodcuts and more.

Participants are invited to walk, bike, or drive the streets of Oak Bay at their own pace to view the art, meet the artists, and learn about artists’ inspiration and process.

This unique event is organized and produced by Oak Bay Parks, Recreation, and Culture.

In addition to the displays in their home studios, artists also exhibit a selection of works in the Neighbourhood Learning Centre (adjacent to Oak Bay High School). Oak Bay is proud to support local artists share their art with the community, and to provide education about art and its many expressions.

This event is free to the public. Printed brochures are available at the Oak Bay Recreation Centres, Oak Bay Municipal Hall, and the Oak Bay Library as well as at local businesses and through participating artists prior to the show.

Oak Bay Archives

Oak Bay Archives collects, preserves and provides access to Oak Bay’s historical records. We are located on the lower level of the Oak Bay Municipal Hall and welcome visitors during our open hours on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Volunteers are available to assist with inquiries.

Oak Bay Archives was established by the District of Oak Bay in 1994 and serves as the central repository of the community’s historical records. Oak Bay Archives gratefully accepts donations of photographs, family albums, personal papers and other documents relating to the history of Oak Bay.

For more information on our archives click here.

Heritage Properties

The Oak Bay Community Heritage Register is an official list of properties deemed to be of heritage value or character, as adopted by resolution of Oak Bay Municipal Council. It provides formal recognition for historic places and is a useful planning tool for other land use planning processes in the municipality. It does not offer heritage protection, and is not a formal designation.

Click for a list of heritage properties.

Willow King Spa

Willow King Spa

Willow King Spa’s professional licensed staff put their combined 85-plus years of experience to work for you. Delivering exceptional service, we guarantee you will leave feeling pampered and satisfied. Specializing in rejuvenating facials, we are experts in the Eminence and Guinot product lines, so we can customize an experience to best meet your needs.

Manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing, tinting, gel nails, gel polish, body wraps, massage, lash extensions and electrolysis.

Willows Beach Oak Bay, Victoria, BC

Willows Beach

Willows Beach is one of the most popular swimming and beachin’ spots in all of Greater Victoria. Enjoy long strolls along the sandy shore and wade in the protected waters all year round. Great for kids and families!

From Willows Beach waterfront, you can enjoy views of Oak Bay Marina, Discovery Island, and Mount Baker. There is a popular concession stand called Willows Tea Room where you can find fries, hot dogs, sandwiches, beverages, ice cream, and of course, poutine!

As well, there’s a playground and large grassy park, with washrooms, change rooms, picnic tables, benches, and evening outdoor concerts.

Just up a block from Willows Beach, you’ll find the charming Estevan Village, complete with restaurants, cafes, boutique gift shop, and the famous Willows Galley Fish & Chips.

Kiwanis Tea Room, Willows Beach, Oak Bay

Kiwanis Willows Beach Tea Room

Situated on the beachfront at Willows Beach, you’ll find special care and attention at the Kiwanis Willows Beach Tea Room, operated by Kiwanis Club of Oak Bay. The Willows Tea Room is open from May to September serving hot food, ice cream, drinks, and more to beach-goers.

Volunteers and paid students work together at this quaint little cafe right on the Beach. Proceeds go to support a number of organizations including Kiwanis.

On Sunday mornings between 9:00 am to noon, the Willows Tea Room serves a $10 breakfasts. Choose between:

  • eggs, bacon or ham, hash browns, toast, or
  • pancakes or French toast, a fruit cup, bacon or ham, and of course,
  • juice, tea, or coffee.

For information and details about volunteering, visit kiwanisclubofoakbay.com

Carnarvon Park

A developed sports park (3.97 hectares), surrounded by residential housing, with playing fields for rugby, soccer, ball diamonds with score/concession building, tennis courts, tennis backboard and lacrosse box, with washrooms and change rooms.

The District of Oak Bay has engaged Lees & Associates to conduct a Master Plan process for the potential redesign and redevelopment of a portion of Carnarvon Park: Learn More

Tennis Courts

Five outdoor hard Tennis Courts are located beside the Lacrosse Box at Carnarvon Centre at the intersection of Carnarvon Road and Henderson Road.

Tennis courts are available on a paid-reservation system from April through September; free walk-on use is permitted if the courts are not otherwise booked.

Lacrosse Box

Call 250-592-7275 for rental information.

Rotary Water Park

Rotary Water Park is located right next door to Carnarvon Centre. Come enjoy the water and playground! The area is not staffed. Use of the area is “at own risk” and parental supervision of children is advised.

Hours:

  • 7 days/week: 10am to 5pm
  • June to mid September
  • Weather permitting

Lawn Bowling Club

Located next door to Carnarvon Centre, the Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club has two greens (east and west) and two clubhouses. The Oak Bay Club was established in 1957, and is located in the northeast corner of Carnarvon Park. The street address is 2190 Harlow Drive. The club is one of 11 outdoor clubs in the Victoria, B.C. area and is affiliated with Bowls BC and Bowls Canada Boulingrin.

Operated by Bowls Oak Bay. Phone 250-592-1823 for inquiries.

Sports Field

Organized field use is by permit system, for more information click here. Casual, unorganized use of these areas is allowed during times that they are not used by permit holders or closed off for maintenance.

 

Dog Information: 
Dogs must be on leash at all times. Exception: No dogs are allowed in Rotary Water park area at any time.
Accessibility Information: 
With the exception of personal assistance devices, wheeled apparatus are not allowed in the park.

Windsor Park

A developed multi-sports park area (4.31 hectares) with playing fields, a park pavilion, wheel chair accessible children’s’ play area, rose garden (heritage designation) and accessible scented garden.

Windsor Park is an active multi-sport and recreational park where children and adults enjoy the benefits of sport competition for a range of activities including soccer, rugby, cricket, field hockey, tennis, baseball, and softball on safe, well maintained fields and amenities.

In addition to its sports focus, the park also provides for more passive enjoyment by visitors with its picnic and play area, sitting areas, Rose and Scented Garden, and indoor meeting rooms in a completely rebuilt building on the original site. This new facility (2006) houses a children’s program room, a main hall, and change rooms all on the first floor. The bright multi purpose rooms on the second floor can be divided into 4 meeting rooms by means of movable walls or used as 2 larger rooms. In addition to municipal recreation programming, the facility is available for rentals by community sports and cultural groups and also for private functions.

Casual, unorganized use is allowed during times that the fields are not used by permit holders or closed for maintenance.

The tennis courts use is on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis and players must abide by the posted rules for play.

 

Dog Information:
Dogs are allowed to be off leash on the playing fields in the park if the field is not being used by permit holders and only during the following times:
  1. between sunrise and 9 o’clock a.m. on any day from July 1st to August 31st in any year; and
  2. between sunrise and 11 o’clock a.m. on any day from September 1st to June 30th provided, however, that the dog must nevertheless remain at all times under the full custody and control of a competent person.

Windsor Park is used by a very active and organized dog walking group that utilizes the fields in the early morning hours for off-leash exercise for dogs. This group has taken responsibility for assuring communication with other dog users of the park and created a website promoting responsible dog use of parks.

Dogs are not allowed in the Rose Garden, children’s play area, or in Windsor Pavilion at any time.

 

Accessibility Information: 
With the exception of personal assistance devices, wheeled apparatus are not allowed in the park. Except for municipal service vehicles, cars are not permitted in the park.