A rather lovely eclectic mix of residents make up James Bay, the most populous neighbourhood in Victoria.
The cute clapboard houses and pretty tree lined streets belie the busyness of this community as it functions as a major transit corridor for the greater Victoria area for ferries, cruise ships, helicopters, the Canadian Coast Guard, fishing boats, pleasure crafts and tourist vehicles such as horse-drawn carriages and pedicabs. There is always a nice buzz of activity during the day.
The 5-corners area is the centre or village of James Bay. The Menzies corridor from Belleville through to the 5-corners is an extension of the heart of James Bay. This corridor links key public facilities to the 5-corners, namely JB New Horizons and JB Community Project. A few blocks to the west of 5-corners on Oswego, is a third public facility, JB Community School & Centre.
The James Bay Inn
Looking for a quaint local pub to call your own? Look no further than the JBI. Located on a quiet, pretty street, a couple of blocks behind parliament buildings you’ll find this local favourite watering hole. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Fisherman’s Wharf is a hidden gem to much of the city but only a short stroll away for residents of James Bay. Hit this seaside retail parade to have a bite, shop a little or even jump on an eco-tour adventure.
James Bay Community School Center
You’ll be surprised to find what this local community centre has to offer: adult recreation and continued learning, child and youth programs, early childhood programs, seniors dinners, community events, and childcare.
Victoria BC’s oldest grocery store, it’s now an award winning neighbourhood market. This is the place buy local produce, daily bread, artisan cheese & sausage, ice creams and house-roasted coffees.
Ogden Point Breakwater
Called an “an exhilarating 850 metre (one-half mile) walk”, this Victoria landmark is used regularly by locals as well as by tourists. Built in 1916, the breakwater is home to Na’Tsa’Maht – The Unity Wall mural that depicts the art of local First Nations.
The Beacon Drive-In
Founded and built in 1958 the Beacon Drive In is a “Victoria institution”. Consistently voted Victoria’s Best Ice Cream stop for the last 20 years hard not to find reasons to stop in at this vintage classic.