Cattle Point

Cattle Point is a part of Uplands Park and runs along the coastline of Oak Bay. This point gives spectacular vantage points of the beautiful natural area, providing magnificent water views in unique natural surroundings, where remnants of the original Garry Oak meadow ecosystem flourish and evolve.

There is ample parking, picnic tables and benches, a boat ramp located at Cattle Point, as well as a paved walkway down to Willows Beach. In the evenings, Cattle Point is renown for its starry sky views.

Walbran Park

Often referred to by locals as “Gonzales Hill”

An undeveloped natural area (1.99 hectare) in a residential neighbourhood, accessible from Denison Road with limited roadside parking, with scenic views from a historical WWII lookout and from a historical marker cairn. There are unmaintained minor trails, not accessible by wheeled apparatus, and some imperilled ecosystems that are under threat from invasive species in the park.

This park provides viewpoints from which to enjoy magnificent views of ocean, mountain, and the surrounding urban and waterfront landscape, as well as opportunity to learn of the historical and conservation significance of the area via historical plaques provided by the Federal Government.

There is a short trail with steps to the marker cairn; otherwise the area is rugged and unsuitable for hiking.

 

Dog Information:
No dog restrictions.

Trafalgar Park

An undeveloped natural area (1.4 hectare) with waterfront access, steeply sloping to waterfront with a scenic viewpoint from the parking lot at the top of the hill. Some imperilled plant species and ecosystems are present in the park.

This park provides an easily accessible (from King George Terrace) scenic viewpoint, from which to enjoy beautiful views of the ocean, mountains, and the oceanfront landscapes, with trails across a rugged area sloping steeply to the waterfront and beach access.

Trails are steep and rugged and proper hiking footwear is recommended.

 

Dog Information: 
No dog restrictions.
Accessibility Information: 
No access for wheeled apparatus of any kind beyond the viewpoint parking lot.

Pure Vanilla Bakery and Cafe

Pure Vanilla is the quintessential neighbourhood cafe. Enjoy your coffee, treats, or lunch inside or out front on the cobbled sidewalk.

Freshly baked in-house.

Oak Bay Uplands Park Cenotaph

Uplands Park and Cenotaph

What makes Uplands Park so unique is that it is over 30 hectares of undeveloped, natural, protected parkland. It provides a look into the Garry Oak meadows and natural ecosystem that have resided in this area for hundreds of years.

The park has one of the greatest concentrations of rare plant species in all of Canada. Folks will find well-used, informal trails, and a manicured area with an Oak Bay War Memorial honouring the 97 Oak Bay men and women who died during World War Two  – This is why the organization Friends of Uplands Park are so dedicated to preserving Uplands Park.

Demitasse, Oak Bay

Demitasse

This charming shop is locally owned, and family operated for over 20 years. It’s a coffee shop, gourmet bakery, delicatessen and garden centre all in one.

 

Demitasse focuses on bringing together a few distinct passions of the owners, which includes:

  • custom roasted, fair trade and certified organic coffee,
  • creative, local, and fresh dishes everyday (take-home options!),
  • a personal garden of all colours, shapes, textures, and sizes
Oak Bay Summer Night Markets

Summer Night Markets

From June through to September, Oak Bay Village closes down its street once a month and is transformed into a European style street market. You’ll find a wide range of fresh and local produce and hot-n-ready street food available. There is live music (watch out for people dancing in the street!), a magician, pop-up theatre, face painting and balloon animals.

Artists and artisans showcase a variety of unique treasures, including wood turned bowls, handmade greeting cards, glass art, fabric arts, jewelry, toys, fresh made soaps and cosmetics and preserves.

The stores of Oak Bay Village are open with special pricing, tastings, demos, sampling and more.

The market comes alive between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm on the second Wednesday of the month.

For vendor info, see the Oak Bay BIA website.

Chinese Cemetery / Harling Point

The cemetery lies beside the rocky shore of Harling Point, looking out towards the Olympic Mountains. Simple markers and a ceremonial altar are found among wildflowers in a setting selected according to the ancient concept of feng shui.

In 1903 the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association purchased 3.5 acres of land at Harling Point and established the Chinese Cemetery. Traditionally it was a sanctuary of temporary repose before final interment in China, a pattern which reflected the early aspirations of these immigrants to return to their homeland. After the Sino-Japanese war broke out in 1937, it was no longer possible to ship remains back to China. In 1961, bones of 849 Chinese pioneers whose return to China had been blocked since 1937 were finally laid to rest at Harling Point. At that time the cemetery became a memorial site in honour of Chinese-Canadian pioneers.

Harling Point also houses Harpooner rock, or Sahsima, to the Lekwungen First Nations, and falls on a meeting point of two geological plates. When the tide is low, you can see one side of the rock is grey and the other is green – someone says is shows a joining of cultures. It is a wonderful place to go and contemplate the world’s wonders.

In 1994 the Chinese Cemetery at Harling Point was designated a National Historic Site by the Government of Canada.

The Oaks

Built in 1912, The Oaks Restaurant is home to the oldest building in Oak Bay Village and originally housed the Oak Bay Grocery and the Oak Bay Post Office.

From 1981-2012, The building went under some beautiful restoration and renovations and was named “The Blethering Place.” It blossomed into a popular meeting place for locals as well as a destination for international tourists.

(According to Oxford, “blethering” is Scottish for. . . “voluble senseless talking”!)

Now known as The Oaks Restaurant, you’ll find some of the best parts of the past and new style from the new owners. Enjoy afternoon tea at the most reasonable price in town, with The Oaks homemade jam, marmalade, sauces, and made-from-scratch desserts.

Whether you’re looking for Victoria’s Best Brownie, all day breakfast, live entertainment weekly without a cover charge, or a venue to throw your next party, The Oaks is the place to come.

 

Henderson's Pitch and Putt

Henderson’s Pitch and Putt

Henderson Park Golf Course is ideal for beginners or those who want to practice their short game. Nestled in a beautiful tree-flanked setting, the course provides a challenge to beginners and more experienced golfers alike. Bring the kids out and enjoy teaching them the game of golf!

Group lessons, private lessons, group bookings, birthday parties and specials available.

Please note: this golf-course is not open year-round. Check the website for further details.