An attractive and affordable family neighbourhood in Victoria.
What Our Neighbourhood Looks Like
Originally a heavily forested area, street trees are still important to the neighbourhood with its many chestnuts, Garry oaks and flowering fruit trees. After World War One, London Plane trees were planted along Shelbourne Street as a memorial to local soldiers and still grace the street today.
Oaklands is home to Hillside Mall, a major shopping centre for the region. The mall, along with surrounding commercial uses, medical and dental offices, restaurants and neighbourhood convenience stores, form a vital commercial core which is served by high volume traffic and transit routes of Hillside Avenue, Shelbourne and Cook Streets. The community is also home to a growing neighbourhood village, known as Haultain Corners.
Oaklands has other heritage features including a number of residences and structures and the Jewish Cemetery which was established in 1860 and sits atop Fernwood Hill.
Oaklands has two community parks (Oaklands and Hillside), two large neighbourhood parks (Oswald and David Spencer), as well as some smaller neighbourhood parks. Clawthorpe Park is a small but well used park located at the very northern edge of the neighbourhood. Mount Stephens Park is a small, naturalized park consisting of rocky outcrops.
Holly Green is a good example of the local community coming together to implement a naturalization project with the cooperation of the city. Though relatively small, it contains a diversity of native plants and trees.
Oaklands Elementary School, originally opened in 1913 and continues in its role providing education to young children and serving as a resource to local community groups. The landmark Cridge Centre for the Family, BC's oldest registered non-profit society, is located in Oaklands.
- Oaklands Elementary School (SD61)
- Oak and Orca Bioregional School (private)
Gardens and Markets
Oakland’s Sunset Market runs from June to September on Wednesday evenings from 4:30pm to 8:30pm at the Oaklands Community Centre. The Market is a free, weekly community celebration featuring over 50 local food growers and producers, artisans, crafters, and body products, live music, a bi-weekly beer garden, and a space for the community to come together and meet their neighbours.