Citizens and Businesses Invited to Collaborate on Future of Rock Bay Area

Rock Bay furniture company Gabriel Ross and the City of Victoria invite the community to share ideas during a collaborative workshop this Thursday, May 21 on the future of the Rock Bay area and surrounding Burnside Gorge neighbourhood.

The Rock Bay area is home to a unique mix of industry and manufacturers including furniture and cabinet makers, LED light technology, breweries, a pizzeria, coffee roasters, a honey producer, artist studios, and a motorcycle repair cafe. The area has a long history of industrial use and currently supports many businesses that rely on harbour access, warehouse space, and a close proximity to downtown.

Topics for discussion include how to improve the area for those who work or visit the area as well as how the City can support existing businesses and future development.

Event details:

What:               Community Conversation in Rock Bay

When:              Thursday, May 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where:            Gabriel Ross (2500 Rock Bay Avenue)

RSVP to to confirm attendance.

Public input will help shape a new local area plan for the Burnside Gorge neighbourhood, including Rock Bay. Other upcoming opportunities for input:

Saturday, May 23

Selkirk Waterfront Festival Neighbourhood Walking Tours

One hour walking tours depart at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. from the City of Victoria tent. No RSVP required.

Tuesday, June 2

Rock Bay Walking Tour

4:30 p.m. departure from the corner of Store and Discovery Streets (near Ingredients Market). Tour will be 90 minutes. RSVP to engage@victoria.cato confirm attendance.

The new plan for the Burnside Gorge area is the largest local area plan to be undertaken by the City.  Informed by community input, local area plans help guide Council decisions for new development and capital investment in neighboughhoods across the city. In April, City Council added $200,000 to expedite new local area plans for Victoria over the next four years.