James Bay Community Overview

A vibrant and diverse neighbourhood, James Bay is located immediately south of downtown.

It is surrounded by water on three sides; Victoria Harbour to the north and west, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the south. Beacon Hill Park provides a green border to the east. Its extensive waterfront is alive with activity including an array of industry, government and transportation facilities. 

Tourism plays a significant role in the economy of James Bay. Visitors find many of Victoria's key attractions in the neighbourhood including the Parliament Buildings, Royal BC Museum, Beacon Hill Park, Fisherman's Wharf and many hotels and bed and breakfast establishments. Horse-drawn carriages and waterfront walkways also serve as a draw.

This neighbourhood is an active community with a wide variety of housing styles including heritage homes, and an array of multi-family housing and apartment buildings. The heart of the neighbourhood, the "Five Corners" is filled with local shops and services. James Bay Community School and South Park Elementary also serve the neighbourhood. A thriving population is reflected in the neighbourhood community association and active senior's associations.

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Community overview from Wikipedia.

James Bay Closest Bus Routes

Route #Name
3 Beacon Hill / Gonzales
10 Royal Jubilee / Songhees
15 Esquimalt / UVic
19 Hillside Mall
30 Royal Oak Exch / Beacon Hill / James Bay
32 Cordova Bay / Royal Oak
50 Langford / Downtown
61 Sooke / Langford / Downtown
70 Swartz Bay / Downtown
75 Saanichton / Royal Oak / Downtown

James Bay Apartment Rental Stats

Property Type# of ListingsMin PriceMax PriceAve Price
Apartments     2$1150$1425$1287
Total Rentals     2$1150$1425$1287

James Bay Closest Schools

Name Address Distance
Pacific Design Academy 1252 Wharf Street, Victoria 1.41 km
Insignia College 759 Courtney Street #100, Victoria 1.55 km
Global Village English Centres - GV Victoria 1290 Broad Street #200, Victoria 1.56 km
GEOS Languages Plus Victoria 1207 Douglas Street #225, Victoria 1.64 km
Victoria Montessori Preschool 1250 Highrock Avenue, Victoria 1.87 km
Christ Church Cathedral School 912 Vancouver St, Victoria 1.95 km
Saferway Driver Training School Ltd. 800 Viewfield Road, Victoria 1.95 km
Bradford Werner Classical Guitar Lessons 900 Johnson Street, Victoria 2.09 km
École Victor-Brodeur 637 Head Street, Victoria 2.10 km
STEP - Vancouver Island 1075 Alston St, Victoria 2.10 km
Long & McQuade Musical Instruments 756 Hillside Avenue, Victoria 2.76 km
Vancouver Island School of Art 2549 Quadra Street, Victoria 2.82 km
Victoria High School 1260 Grant Street, Victoria 3.00 km
Securiguard Services Ltd 2750 Quadra Street, Victoria 3.10 km
Nightingale 1340 Balmoral Road, Victoria 3.18 km
Michelle Rubin Yoga 2674 Capital Heights, Victoria 3.39 km
Ross Bay Preschool 1620 Earle Street, Victoria 3.47 km
Oak and Orca Bioregional School 2738 Higgins Street, Victoria 3.66 km
Glenlyon Norfolk School – Middle and Senior Schools 801 Bank Street, Victoria 3.91 km
Victoria College Of Art 1625 Bank Street, Victoria 4.20 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

James Bay Closest Libraries

Name Address Distance
Greater Victoria Public Library - sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch 385 Menzies Street, Victoria 0.80 km
Legislative Library of British Columbia 501 Belleville Street, Victoria 0.98 km
Bc Library Svc Branch 620 Superior Street, Victoria 1.17 km
Greater Victoria Public Library - Central Branch 735 Broughton Street, Victoria 1.55 km
Victoria Courthouse Library 850 Burdett Avenue, Victoria 1.65 km
Culture Library Ministry of Small Business Tourism & Culture 800 Johnson Street, Victoria 1.94 km
Vic West Toy Lending Library 943 Fullerton Avenue, Victoria 2.08 km
Greater Victoria Public Library - Esquimalt Branch 1231 Esquimalt Road, Victoria 2.64 km
Fairfield Branch 1839 Fairfield Road (rear Courtyard), Victoria 3.99 km
Greater Victoria Public Library - Saanich Centennial Branch 3110 Tillicum Road, Victoria 4.21 km
Emily Carr Branch Library 101, 3521 Blanshard Street, Victoria 4.33 km
Greater Victoria Public Library - Emily Carr Branch 101, 3521 Blanshard Street, Victoria 4.33 km
VIHA Library Services 1952 Bay Street, Victoria 4.52 km
View Royal Reading Centre 266 Island Highway, Victoria 4.72 km
View Royal Public Library Association 45 Royal Ave View, Victoria 4.74 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Neighboring Communities

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Distances are estimated and community data is not guaranteed by RentFaster.ca