BC, Canada : Oak Bay
The community of Oak Bay, British Columbia, Canada is part of the Capital Regional District of Victoria (CRD). The waterfront community is located east of the City of Victoria.
Oak Bay is a seaside upscale community with tree lined streets and "English" style estate homes and traditional small neighbourhoods. Some homes stand behind tall stone gates and hide behind long driveways... while a select few homes are perched high up on cliffs enjoying views of the ocean.
Some of the best maintained yards are located in the Oak Bay. Many homes are complimented with yards decorated with well manicured floral gardens, fountains and monuments.
Many of the residential streets and boulevards of Oak Bay are lined with very old Garry Oak and Arbutus trees. The community has even imported some palm trees to line the odd avenue. The tree lined streets make for great drives and photos as they form tunnels covering the streets.
Beach Drive in Oak Bay is a popular sightseeing route and the main route leading into the neighboourhood. Beach Drive follows the ocean coastline for many kilometres providing many sightseeing opportunities and easy access to popular activity beach destinations, bistros and unique shops.
There are services in Oak Bay which are important to travelers including accommodations, restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, outdoor patios, banks, grocery stores, gas stations, retail stores, post office, etc. - not one big box store can be found.
Popular attactions in the region of Oak Bay include Willows Beach and the Victoria Oak Bay Marina. The white sand, food vendors, paved walkway and ocean waters of Willows Beach are popular in the summer months for sun bathing, roller bladding, biking, swimming and picnicking.
While Oak Bay Marina is a full service marina down the road which is home to many large yachts, motorboats, sailboats and sightseeing tour companies.
The south end of Beach Drive in Oak Bay connects to Dallas Road (walkway, sightseeing and storm watching) and Beacon Hill Park (flowers, picnicking, ponds, birds, playgrounds, tours, etc).