"Oak Bay British Columbia in Photographs" (used book)
Oak Bay British Columbia in Photographs
by The Corporation of the District of Oak Bay
About the book
Used book. Hardcover. Dust Jacket included. Excellent condition. Personal message inside.
From the dust jacket –
“Oak Bay in Photographs” is a Centennial tribute to a unique municipality nestled on the south shore of Vancouver Island. Combining archival and modern photographs with lively text, this book covers in words and pictures the many aspects of Oak Bay. Although part of Greater Victoria, Oak Bay retains a distinct ambience, enhanced by the spectacular natural setting. Ringed by the Olympic mountains to the south, and the Coast Range to the east, Oak Bay offers beautiful vistas for residents and visitors alike.
Historically, the First Peoples in the are were attracted by the bounties of the seashore and the indigenous Garry Oak meadow. With the arrival of the Hudson’s Bay Company explorers in 1843, the attractions of southern Vancouver Island led to the establishment of Fort Victoria. All the land east of the fort was set aside for fur trading and farming. Eventually, these activities gave way to seaside cottages, hotels, and later, residential development. Fortunately, many of these early homes have been lovingly preserved as an excellent record of our architectural history.
It was not until one hundred years ago, 1906, that the Corporation of the District of Oak Bay was created. The official motto, Sub Querqu Felicitas, or, “Happily Under the Oaks” aptly describes the thriving community.
“Oak Bay in Photographs” is a celebration of the setting, the history, and especially the people who have created this beautiful area. For anyone with a connection to Oak Bay, this book is a “must have” for the coffee table. And for others who have yet to know the joys of our unique municipality, please read on!