Oak Bay offers outstanding year round active recreation suitable for most capabilities. We are blessed with many beautiful sandy bays with easy access, and children will enjoy exploring the tidal pools at Cattle Point, kid-friendly Willows Beach, wildlife at the Oak Bay Marina where the resident harbour seals hang around the fish cleaning station looking for daily snacks (frozen fish packets can be purchased in the gift shop), and watching for diving ducks, blue herons and eagles on one of several easily accessible beaches in the area.
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. Find out about more than 20 Oak Bay beaches here.
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 favorite spot for skimboarders 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.