The solid black line depicts the proposed HCA boundaries as of March 6, 2017. The dashed line identifies Glenlyon Norfolk School campus with its three heritage designated buildings on the original Rattenbury estate. (map and info from

WATCH: Public meetings for proposed heritage protection of historic Oak Bay neighbourhood

Prospect neighbourhood has ‘greatest concentration of architect-designed houses in Oak Bay’

Two public events this week will give insight into a plan to protect one of Oak Bay’s oldest designed subdivisions. The Prospect Neighbourhood has significant cultural and historical value as it contains 11 of Oak Bay’s 30 designated heritage homes, one of which was built for Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper, second son of Sir Charles Tupper, the last surviving Father of Confederation.

The area, bounded by Oak Bay Avenue, Beach Drive, Prospect Place, San Carlos Place and York Place, is being proposed as a Heritage Conservation Area. It would be Oak Bay’s first Heritage Conservation Area, though there are about 60 in B.C. with several in Victoria.

“That neighbourhood has the greatest concentration of architect-designed houses in the district,” said Stuart Stark, a heritage consultant who has lead walking tours of the area.

Many were designed by Frances Rattenbury and John Gerhard Tiarks.

“They bought 15 acres of land and then developed that neighbourhood in 1898. So because they at that time were both the star architects in the city, they attracted other architects like Maclure to build houses in the neighbourhood as well. So we’ve got this lovely concentration of lovely houses,” said Stark.

The Heritage Conservation Area Working Group is holding two events on March 8 for the public to learn more about what a Heritage Conservation Area might look like, and to explore possible options, policies and guidelines.

The two sessions, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., will be held Thursday at Oak Bay municipal hall at 2167 Oak Bay Avenue.

Municipal and regional governments can create a Heritage Conservation Area that establishes regulatory guidelines and may list individual properties for protection. They protect ambience, landscaping and historical things such as a rural lane way or stone wall.

The Heritage Conservation Area Working Group is a volunteer citizen body appointed by Council in October 2017.

Heritage consultants were hired by Oak Bay to assist the Working Group and district staff in moving forward with research and community consultation to see if the plan is feasible, and if so, working towards implementation.

Learn more about the proposed HCA area online at

RELATED: Working group formed to guide Oak Bay’s first proposed Heritage Conservation Area

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


Annandale then and now. The Prospect Neighbourhood has significant cultural and historical value as it contains 11 of Oak Bay’s 30 designated heritage homes, one of which, Annandale, was built for Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper, second son of Sir Charles Tupper, the last surviving Father of Confederation. (Top photo courtesy City of Victoria Archives image M02800, bottom photo courtesy

Just Posted

Overworked and understaffed: More than 300 vacancies in Vancouver Island nursing

Tentative deal with province includes ‘working short premium’ to encourage hiring

Victoria city council seeks authority to tax empty homes

Council is asking the province for the authority to invoke a vacancy tax

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes says municipality will re-group after Rowing Canada decision

Haynes said he is “quite disappointed” but also respects choice of North Cowichan as national centre

Saanich police dog tracks dangerous driver after car ditched in Oak Bay

Man may face charges of dangerous driving and mischief

Backyardigans, Max & Ruby stage shows add to Family Day in Sidney

Bodine Hall shows make room for kids to sing, dance, enjoy Family Day weekend

VIDEO: Excessive speed on the Malahat captured by dash cam footage

Poster calls driving ‘dangerous, obnoxious and disrespectful’

POLL: Should people have to license their cats?

The Victoria Natural History Society has sent letters to 13 municipalities in… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 15

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

Most Read