Protecting Oak Bay’s Heritage2020-04-22T21:30:59-07:00

The Prospect Neighbourhood

Oak Bay’s first Heritage Conservation Area

We have been meaning to share this good news for a while, and now — during the COVID-19 pandemic — it may be a welcome reminder of the good things a community can achieve when working together on a shared cause.

In February, Oak Bay Council unanimously gave approval to the bylaw which officially establishes the area bounded by Oak Bay Avenue, Beach Drive, San Carlos Avenue, Prospect Place, York Place and includes Broom Road as The Prospect Heritage Conservation Area.

It is wonderful that this special area is formally recognized for today and future generations.

To watch the historic vote by Council, visit this link:

There are so many people who helped to make this grass-roots, resident-led, neighbourhood initiative happen. Our sincere thanks to community members, volunteers, heritage consultants, planning staff and council.

To see the bylaw and related design guidelines, go to this link:


Abstract Developments owner Mike Miller has defied Oak Bay Council and enraged local neighbourhood by smashing through historic 122 year-old walls on York Place and Prospect Place.


On October 17, 2019, Abstract Developer Miller flagrantly disregarded a stop work order issued by the District of Oak Bay to protect heritage assets on his 1561 York Place property. His blatant motive was to exercise private property rights before the final approval by Council at the end of the month of a Heritage Control Period for the entire neighbourhood.

Public outrage was immediate and has drawn extensive attention on social media and by local papers and television.


Read statement by the District of Oak Bay about this controversial incident at this link:

LINK: Municipal News Release – October 17


We call on all friends of heritage protection and sensitive development to condemn this outrageous action by Miller and to express their support for robust heritage conservation by



THAT Oak Bay Council designate 1561 York Place as a heritage property – including the surrounding walls

THAT any restoration of the walls on the property be done by qualified heritage specialists under the supervision of the District, and, to that end, all pieces from the breaks in the walls be retained on the property 

THAT the District obtain legal clarification as to the validity of the recent actions by Abstract Developments on this property

Protect This Historic Landmark Mansion and
Preserve One of Oak Bay’s Earliest Neighbourhoods!

We are citizens of Oak Bay

who care deeply about supporting and respecting the heritage values and historical characteristics of our community.

Oak Bay is

a municipality in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. We are located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.

As residents of the neighbourhood

bordered by Beach Drive, Oak Bay Avenue, York Place, San Carlos Avenue, and including Prospect Place and Broom Road, we are actively exploring making our neighbourhood Oak Bay’s first Heritage Conservation Area (HCA), “The Prospect”.

Oak Bay Heritage Conservation Area Proposed Boundaries

Statement of Support

Please follow this link to show support for Oak Bay’s first proposed Heritage Conservation Area:

Sign here…

Mansion worthy of restoration

Solid and imposing, the mansion has good bones and is worthy of preservation and restoration. A lavish and expensive home to build originally, it cost nearly double most other homes of the period.

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Enjoy our photo gallery!

Presentation: Learning About Heritage Conservation

We are pleased to inform you of an upcoming community presentation, sponsored by the District of Oak Bay, on Learning About Heritage Conservation: Practices and Insight From Around the World.

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One of Oak Bay’s first planned subdivisions: “The Prospect”

York Place, Prospect Place, San Carlos Avenue, Broom Road, and part of Beach Drive and Oak Bay Avenue is one of the earliest planned subdivisions in Oak Bay, and illustrates one of the ways in which Oak Bay developed in the early years.

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