Oak Bay offers some of Victoria's most outstanding year round active recreation. The community is blessed with many beautiful sandy bays with easy access, tidal pools for exploration, resident wildlife and family-friendly parks. Stop by Oak Bay Marina where the local harbour seals hang around the fish cleaning station looking for snacks and watch for ducks, blue herons and eagles on one of several easily accessible beaches in the area.
At the Park
Oak Bay is dotted with pockets of public space that are enjoyed year-round by visitors and residents alike. The region is fortunate to enjoy a variety of green spaces from small quiet places to relax to full-facility parks with a selection of amenities. Many have historical significance or are important for conservation as well as for enjoyment, education and relaxation. Oak Bay nature parks feature areas for woodland strolling, quiet reflection or to enjoy the flora and fauna of southern Vancouver Island including an impressive variety of bird species. Several of the parks have points of access to the waterfront for shoreline exploration, while those of a higher elevation feature panoramic views of the sweeping coastline and Olympic Peninsula. To see the best of Oak Bay's views, head out on a Natural Beauty Walk with HikeVictoria.com.
In a Kayak
Oak Bay features the one of the most pristine wilderness kayaking areas on southern Vancouver Island. The waters around the Chain Islands are home to large colonies of seabirds and seals. Bald eagles, itinerant sea lions and killer whales add to the action. Discovery and Chatham Islands are only fifteen minutes from Oak Bay's shore. Oak Bay's waters can be safely paddled most months of the year; the area is generally protected from prevailing winds and waves. A variety of beaches and boat ramps around Oak Bay Marina and Cattle Point provide convenient access. Ocean River Sports offers guided kayaking tours of Discovery and Chatham Islands and Oak Bay's coastline.
At the Beach
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. Willows Beach is one of Victoria's best spots for a swim or to relax. A children's playground is located on an adjoining grassy area. The Kiwanis Tearoom is open throughout the summer for drinks and snacks, or walk to nearby Estevan Village for fish and chips. The beach at Cattle Point offers interesting rock features and sea life at low tide, and on clear days the view of Mt. Baker is spectacular.
It's no coincidence that a large number of sailboats call Oak Bay waters home. A year-round sailing destination, Oak Bay offers spectacular scenery, plentiful marine wildlife and sailing conditions ranging from relaxing to challenging, set against a spectacular panorama of snow-capped mountains. The many islands in Oak Bay offer sheltered sailing as well as interesting places to stop and explore. In Haro and Juan de Fuca Straits, sailors will find a greater choice of wind and wave conditions.
On Two Wheels
Beach Drive is always a popular choice for both advanced and recreational cycling. Well-maintained roads, good signage and places of special interest along the route make for an enjoyable cycling experience. The relaxed pace in Oak Bay is perfectly suited to two wheel adventures. The seaside touring route closely hugs the shoreline and passes glorious gardens, heritage houses and quiet parks. There are many places to stop for a break, have a picnic or simply admire the view. For an easy cruise, rent an electric bike with Pedego Victoria and explore Oak Bay's luxurious neighbourhoods in stride.