Oak Bay

Feature Type:District Municipality (1) - A populated place with legally defined boundaries, incorporated as a district municipality under the provincial Municipal Act.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Immediately E of Victoria (City), Victoria Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 48°25'33''N, 123°19'05''W at the approximate location of the Municipal Hall.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92B/6

Origin Notes and History:

Incorporated 2 July 1906 as The Corporation of the District of Oak Bay. "Oak Bay (Municipal District)" adopted in the 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924 p.357. Re-approved 1 May 1934 on National Defence sheet 1449, Victoria.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Before it became a built-up suburb of Victoria, it was, in Sir Charles Piers's phrase, "a veritable bay of oaks." The name appears on Captain Kellet's chart of 1847.

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; British Columbia Place Names; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997