Victoria City Tour
Beach Drive – Oak Bay

There is a row of Austrian pines growing along the east side of the 1900 block of Beach Drive in Oak Bay.

These tree were originally planted in 1913 as part of a landscape design by architect Samuel Maclure to mark the boundary of Oak Bay Farm, the home of John Sylvester Bowker and Mary Tod Bowker, for whom Bowker Avenue is named. Oak Bay Farm was subdivided into building lots and sold in 1932.

Here is a Google Maps image of the Austrian Pines in the 1900 block of Beach Drive in Oak Bay.

 

Another portion of the 1913 Samuel Maclure landscape plan for Oak Bay Farm are the Bowker Gates, which now stand three blocks north on the 2200 Beach Drive at the entrance to Willows Park.

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