7 Places to Explore in Oak Bay

The district of Oak Bay is a quaint community filled with beautiful character homes and surrounded by driftwood-laden beaches. It’s one of Victoria’s oldest and well-known neighbourhoods with plenty to do - here's a roundup of the top things to do in this charming place.

Craigdarroch Castle
The architecture of Craigdarroch Castle is truly one out of the Victorian era. Originally built in the 1890’s, the castle has been meticulously restored inside and out. Open daily for tours, walking through the castle feels like a timewarp back to the Victorian era. Peppered with historical artifacts and stained glass, the Castle tells a tale of the privileged lives of the family that once lived there.

Feed the Seals at Oak Bay Marina
A scenic stop for adults and kids alike. Take in the vistas and ocean air over a coffee. Grab a bag of food for wild seals at the gift shop, and feed these aquatic animals along the dock. Kayak and paddle boards are also available for rent.

Take a coffee break at Ottavio
Ottavio prides itself as a truly Italian café. You can be sure to find a great cup of coffee and panini here, paired with delectable treats, all made with the finest ingredients. Their baked goods are handmade fresh every morning using recipes dating back to the 1920’s from Torino, Italy! The quality of food and beverages found at Ottavio truly exude excellence.

Walk along Willows Beach
Soak up the sun or take a sunset stroll along Willows Beach. It’s a truly picturesque locale surrounded by water and greenery. You can be sure to catch a great sunset here, or views of Mount Baker.

Stay at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Originally built in 1927, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s recent renovation attributed to the hotel ranking among the the top in Canada. Waterfront views, stunning architecture, and three excellent restaurants makes the Oak Bay Beach Hotel Victoria’s first true luxury waterfront resort. If you’re staying the night here, be sure to save time to relax in private mineral baths, overlooking the ocean.

Dine at the Penny Farthing Cozy around one of the four fireplaces for classic English Pub fare. You’ll find yourself surrounded by rich, dark wood, Victorian-etched glass doors, and memorabilia collected throughout the decades.

Explore Local Shops Along Oak Bay Avenue
Oak Bay Avenue is home to a plethora of locally owned shops. Here, you’ll find one-of-a-kind gems, many handmade by local artisans. A few of our favourites include Side Street Studio where you’ll find handcrafted gifts, and Sweet Delights, the ultimate candy store.


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