About Oak Bay Neighbourhood
Oak Bay is one of the most sought after residential areas on South Vancouver Island, with its turn of the century homes lined with Garry Oak Cedar Trees that make this area a feast for the eyes in every season. Its attractive shopping district in the village along Oak Bay Avenue, endless walking opportunities along serene waterfront and nature trails, among Vancouver Islands finest homes.
Oak Bay's Beaches are mostly sandy, and protected from prevailing winds and waves, making them very safe and ideal for kayaking and small water-craft enthusiasts. The varied coastline of Oak Bay offers both sandy beaches for sun tanning, and rocky coastline for tide pool exploration, bird watching or storm watching. Sandy Willows Beach is Victoria's best sun-tanning and swimming beach and is a popular spot for socializing. A children’s playground is located on an adjoining grassy area. The Kiwanis Tearoom is open throughout the summer months for drinks and snacks, or walk the short distance to Estevan Village for some of Victoria’s best fish and chips.The beach at Cattle Point offers interesting rock features and sea life if you can catch it at low tide. On clear days the view of Mt. Baker is spectacular.
Gonzales Bay, at the south end of Foul Bay Road, is a sandy, crescent shaped beach that is rarely crowded even through the summer. This is a favourite spot for skim-boarders who take advantage of the suitable waves and flat beach.
McNeill Bay, at the south end of Oak Bay, is also a sandy beach that is more suitable for strolling than sun tanning with beautiful views of Trial Island and the Olympic peninsula beyond.