History

The Oak Bay Tea Party began as a "one time event" in the summer of 1963 when the late Allan Cox, Q.C. was the Reeve of Oak Bay. It was so successful that it became an annual event since then. Originally, the Oak Bay Tea Party was run by a group of volunteers, most of whom were members of the Oak Bay Kiwanis Club, who called themselves “The Oak Bay Bored of Trade”. Since 1990, the Tea Party has been run by the Oak Bay Tea Party Society, a non-profit society dedicated solely to putting on the Tea Party on the first Saturday and Sunday of June each year at Willows Park.

The Tea Party Society has had four chairs: the late Fred Usher, the late Marcel Barsalou, Bill Murphy-Dyson, and the current chair, Sandy Germain.  Beginning with the Oak Bay Tea Party Parade on Saturday morning from Windsor Park to Willows Park, the Tea Party is a weekend community celebration of entertainment, midway, Bathtub race and air show (subject to weather).  2017 celebrates the 55th anniversary of the Oak Bay Tea Party.   The Society is run completely by volunteers and is proud to assist the following non-profit organizations raise funds for their worthwhile charitable causes:

Oak Bay Kiwanis
Esquimalt Lions Club
Royal Oak Lions Club
Girl Guides of Canada
Oak Bay Sea Rescue Society

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