Bring back heritage boathouse

Why not rebuild this beautiful boathouse with modern technology and renewable power systems ?

The old Oak Bay boathouse

I want to thank Jean Sparks for her pleasant talk Tales of a Seaside Village, c. 1890-1920 on Sept. 17, at Windsor Park.

The pictures that she showed of the old Oak Bay boathouse were particularly inspiring.

Here’s a suggestion: why not rebuild this beautiful boathouse with modern technology and renewable power systems ?

It could be built at a central, oceanfront location and easy walk from the new Oak Bay Beach Hotel, the marina and the village.

It could designed  as a combined Visitor Centre, Heritage Centre and Nature House to tell all of our great and big stories – history, architecture, early native occupation, fish, whales, birds, oak trees, rare plants and all. And to show all these great, old pictures and some local art perhaps.

Let’s celebrate Oak Bay and the 20th anniversary of its archives with a savvy cultural project.

Let’s talk about this as we prepare for the municipal election in November.

Jacques Sirois

Oak Bay