James Bay

Explore James Bay's charm: historic architecture, seaside views, and vibrant community. Discover a lifestyle of tranquillity and urban convenience.

As you wander through the streets of James Bay, you'll first notice the architectural diversity. The area is a delightful showcase of heritage homes, each telling a story of the past, alongside modern condominiums that offer contemporary living. This blend of old and new is a testament to James Bay's rich history and its evolution into a modern urban neighbourhood.


But James Bay is more than just a picturesque area; it's a hub of activity and tranquillity alike. The neighbourhood is surrounded by water on three sides, offering stunning views of the ocean and the Olympic Mountains. The Dallas Road waterfront is particularly famous for its scenic walking and cycling path, providing residents with an uninterrupted view of the rugged coastline and the opportunity for leisurely strolls or energizing jogs against a backdrop of breathtaking beauty.


For beach lovers, there's no place like James Bay. The neighbourhood is home to Fisherman’s Wharf, a colourful and lively area where you can enjoy fresh seafood, watch the harbour seals, or even take a water taxi for a mini-adventure. The wharf embodies the maritime spirit of James Bay, a constant reminder of its close relationship with the sea.


James Bay's proximity to downtown Victoria is another of its many perks. It's just a stone's throw away from the city center, yet it retains a peacefulness that feels worlds apart from the hustle and bustle. This easy access to urban amenities – from shopping and dining to entertainment and cultural events – makes living in James Bay incredibly convenient.


The community spirit in James Bay is palpable. The neighbourhood boasts a variety of local events, like the James Bay Market, where residents gather to buy local produce and handmade crafts and enjoy performances by local artists. It's this sense of community that often turns neighbours into lifelong friends.


James Bay is a treasure trove of educational opportunities and outdoor activities for families. The area is home to excellent schools and is brimming with parks and green spaces, like the magnificent Beacon Hill Park. Families can enjoy picnics, playgrounds, and the famous petting zoo, providing a perfect setting for weekend family outings.


In conclusion, James Bay is more than just a neighbourhood; it's a lifestyle. Its unique combination of historical charm, natural beauty, community spirit, and urban convenience makes it an exceptional place to live. Whether you're a young professional seeking a vibrant urban life, a family looking for a friendly community, or a retiree wanting serene coastal living, James Bay in Victoria, BC, offers something for everyone. It's not just a place to live; it's a place to belong.


For more information about the municipality of Victoria, check out the city website.

Overview for James Bay, British Columbia

13,058 people live in James Bay, where the median age is 54 and the average individual income is $79,234. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around James Bay, British Columbia

There's plenty to do around James Bay, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Smile Chicken, Fork'n Pork, and Friends & Family Bake.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 0.7 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.77 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.96 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.78 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.29 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 2.54 miles 12 reviews 4.9/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for James Bay, British Columbia

James Bay has 7,632 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in James Bay do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in James Bay, British Columbia

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The following schools are within or nearby James Bay. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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James Bay StrongStart Centre
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South Park Family School
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James Bay Community
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