Built in an English Manor House style and nestled on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Victoria’s Oak Bay Beach Hotel is an elegant luxury boutique resort reconstructed on the same oceanfront lot where the historical hotel sat for more than 90 years.
We acknowledge and respect that the land on which the Oak Bay Beach Hotel stands is the traditional territories of the Coast and Straits Salish Peoples. Specifically, we recognize the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples known today as the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, and that their historic connections to these lands continue to this day.
The hotel sits on land only 200 metres from Turkey Head, an area known by the Songhees Nations as Spewhung.
A large shell-midden along this shoreline indicates that this was an ancient village site to which first peoples brought many fish, bird, mammal and plant resources. Food was gathered from Stsnaang and Tlchess (Chatham and Discovery Islands) in the distance and from Kohweechella island, “where there are many fish” (Jimmy Chicken – Mary Tod Island), nearer shore.
The original Oak Bay Beach Hotel built in 1927 by Major Merston, was completely destroyed in a fire on October 14, 1930. An exact replica was promptly rebuilt on its ashes, and that building, with all its old-world charm, became “the place to be, and be seen” by locals and guests alike.
In 1972, Bruce Walker and Glenn Anderson, two businessmen from Winnipeg, purchased the hotel. Bruce’s son, Kevin Walker, and his wife Shawna, decided to continue the family’s hotel legacy by purchasing it in October 1995.
Old-World Charm in a Modern World
The aged building finally reached the end of its functioning life in 2006. The doors to the hotel were ceremoniously closed and removed to be reinstalled. In 2012, the new Oak Bay Beach Hotel opened and features a number of physical elements and furnishings preserved from the original building to maintain its charm.
Today, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is known as the #1 Hotel in Canada and #19 in the world by Condé Nast Traveler 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards, and Most Romantic Hotels in Canada by visitors on TripAdvisor.
The Oak Bay Beach Hotel prides itself on serving the local community, whether through the support of the local arts scene, community fundraisers, or broader partnerships.
The David Foster Foundation
In 2012, we began a partnership with the Foundation – a charitable organization that funds the non-medical expenses of Canadian families with children undergoing lifesaving organ transplants.Learn more
Oak Bay Half Marathon
As the preferred accommodation for the iconic Oak Bay Half Marathon, discover the perfect place to recover after one of their races with a rejuvenating soak in heated mineral pools and a good night’s sleep in a luxurious suite.Learn more
A destination for showcasing both Canadian and international art, the hotel is pleased to partner with Madrona Gallery to feature a rotating exhibition of distinguished artists. Coming July 2022.Learn More
Victoria Pride Society
The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is proud to be a Tier 2 Sponsor for the Victoria Pride Society. Victoria Pride is a not-for-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to supporting Greater Victoria’s 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.Learn More
We are made up of skilled hospitality professionals who strive to ensure our luxury hotel is warm, inviting, and unforgettable. World-class service requires a team of talented and dedicated individuals who can harmonize with each other. If you are dedicated to providing five star service, we would love to hear from you.
From using low-flow taps and shower heads to reduce wastewater, to transitioning from single use to BABOR bulk amenities in each guest room, and more, sustainability is at the forefront of every thing we do.
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