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Downtown’s Neighbours O ak Bay is an inviting community a few minutes from downtown known for its spectacular seaside, vibrant village centres, tree-lined boulevards and exquisite architecture. A nature lovers delight, locals and visitors alike enjoy easy cycling, barefoot beach strolls and quiet paddles, taking in the fascinating shoreline and marine life. The villages of Oak Bay Avenue, Estevan and Cadboro Bay wel-
come visitors from all over to shop for fashion and gifts, to visit the galleries and savour mouthwatering creations of the charcutiers, chefs and bakers found throughout the area. And yes, the tradition of afternoon tea is still a local favourite! Picturesque Oak Bay is home to many renowned artists and is a thriving arts and culture district with public art, a high concentrations of galleries and studios and numerous performances, exhibits and events. Guided tours by land and sea offer a great way to experience First Nations and colonial history, and all are invited to join in the many local celebrations and events held year-round. For those seeking to unwind, the beautiful Boathouse Spa and Pools and quiet beaches await. And why not stay awhile? Whether you choose five-star oceanfront luxury or a guesthouse rich with Old World charm, you’ll find memorable hospitality and a West Coast paradise at your doorstep. From downtown Victoria, Oak Bay is easily reached by bike, a leisurely seaside drive or with one of the hop on hop off services departing frequently from the Inner Harbour.
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Island Insider: Heading out for a picnic? Stop by a local farm market and savour some of the region’s tastiest – and freshest – treats. Excellent options include the Oak Bay Night Market, James Bay Market, Moss Street Market and the Goldstream Farmers’ Market. See page 24 for details.
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