Carmen Lassooij

Carmen Lassooij

Oak Bay dominates Best of the City deli market

Recreation Oak Bay again voted a top centre in Greater Victoria to swim, sweat

A handful of Oak Bay businesses were deemed best by Greater Victoria readers.

Traditionally near the top of the pack year after year, Oak Bay was named best for recreation and Oak Bay Recreation Centre also finished third in the best swimming pool category.

“Recreation Oak Bay is thrilled to have been named the Best Recreation Centre and third best swimming pool in this year’s Best of the City awards program,” said Ray Herman, director of parks, recreation and culture for Oak Bay. “We strive to create a welcoming environment in all of our facilities, and it is gratifying to be recognized by our community and Black Press in this manner. We welcome everyone to drop by.”

Charelli’s Cheese Shop, Delicatessen and Catering scored atop the best specialty deli category while Ottavio’s Italian Bakery, Delicatessen and Café finished third.

Cobs Bread was named best bakery. Oak Bay Beach Hotel finished second in best hotel and Oak Bay Cobbler was second in best shoe repair. TD Bank, of which one is nestled in Oak Bay village, was named second in best bank/financial institution. White Heather Tea Room finished second in the best place for afternoon tea category.

Best of the City awards were handed out recently based on votes by readers of Oak Bay News and its affiliate papers Victoria News, Saanich News and Goldstream News Gazette.

Find the full results online at under e-edition special publications.

Our regional green bend showed in the political tally.  Elizabeth May, Green MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands was named best politician followed by Murray Rankin, NDP MP for Victoria and Andrew Weaver.