South Oak Bay is a beautiful, largely residential neighbourhood in the municipality of Oak Bay, very near to downtown Victoria BC. As one of the most pleasant corners in what is arguably the city with the most comfortable climate in all of Canada, South Oak Bay is a highly desirable neighbourhood for those who are living in Victoria and those who are considering moving to Victoria.
As one of the first established neighbourhoods of Victoria, South Oak Bay contains beautiful old homes and historical sites. The quiet, tree-lined streets are punctuated with several municipal parks including Anderson Hill Park, Lafayette Park and Windsor Park. The Capital Regional District operates Gonzales Hill Park within South Oak Bay.
The Victoria Golf Club is located in South Oak Bay, draped along charmingly scenic Gonzales Point. There are a couple of small commercial centres but the neighbourhood is mostly residential, with homes that, while generally not as grandiose as those in the nearby Uplands neighbourhood, are nevertheless often very beautifully restored and quite valuable.
The Oak Bay Marina, Oak Bay Beach Hotel and Oak Bay Guest House are other notable and historical institutions also found in South Oak Bay.
The Deep Cove neighbourhood in North Saanich, near Victoria BC offers peaceful rural living and spectacular ocean views and access. This is one of Victoria’s most desirable rural neighbourhoods and there are beautiful country and waterfront properties, just a short drive from both Sidney and Victoria BC.
Deep Cove sits at the northeastern tip of the Saanich peninsula, overlooking the protected waters of the Saanich Inlet and across to the Malahat region of Vancouver Island. The topography includes both rocky, forested areas and rolling fields. There are several local farms producing fresh comestibles and you can buy fruit, veggies and more at the farm gate or at the Deep Cove Market or North Saanich Farmer’s Market.
The nearest large commercial centre is Sidney and Deep Cove is located conveniently close to both the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal and the Victoria International Airport.
Deep Cove Schools
If you have school-aged children they may attend:
- Deep Cove Elementary School
- North Saanich Middle School, or
- Parkland Secondary
Deep Cove is popular with those who enjoy getting out on the water and you can keep your boat close to home at the Deep Cove Marina. The protected local waters are also great for kayaking, SUP’s, waterskiing or just cruising.