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Ladies' Nail-Driving Competition

ATTENTION all you Fans and Competitors:

The Ladies' Nail Driving Competition is a long-running Tea Party favourite!  

This event has been around as long as the Tea Party and was originally sponsored by Vicki & Frank Hagel, the owner/operators of the Do It Centre.  Now the Ladies' Nail Driving Competition is sponsored by Castle Building Centres, which are owned and operated by Vicki & Frank Hagel.  Big thanks to Jordan Hagel and his Castle Volunteers for continuing to make this event a participant and spectator favourite! 

The 2022 competition will take place on Sunday, June 5th at 4:00 p.m.   It is free to participants and a great spectator sport too!

Posted on: March 11, 2021

Amusement Rides

The Oak Bay Tea Party is pleased to welcome back SHOOTING STAR AMUSEMENTS, based in Langley, BC.  Shooting Star Amusements will be making it's 14th appearance at the Tea Party in 2022!! 

Lots of rides for the younger set, and more room to move around. We expect to see the Sizzler, the Zipper, Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars, Tilt A Whirl and lots of kiddie rides.

If you have any questions about the rides, please check out Shooting Star's website at www.shootingstar.ca

Posted on: March 11, 2021

Kayak Rides

The Oak Bay Tea Party hopes to welcome back in 2021, OCEAN RIVER SPORTS, Saturday, June 4th in the afternoon, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.

Saturday afternoon on the beach, all it takes is a donation to the OAK BAY CASTAWAY WANDERERS JUNIOR GIRLS' RUGBY CLUB for their youth program and you can try your hand at paddling a kayak.

Posted on: March 11, 2021

Floating Tea Cup Challenge

Welcome to Oak Bay's new Mayor, Kevin Murdock, who will be facing challenger(s) each year in the Floating Tea Cup Race.  Made of fibre glass and powered by mis-matched oars, it's a race of skill and daring.  Pull too hard on the oars and your saucer may dip into the water and you're sunk!  Not to fear, the Oak Bay Sea Rescue Society rescue boat is close by.

Past challengers have included:

  1. Former Victoria, Mayor Alan Lowe;
  2. Former Saanich, Mayor Frank Leonard;
  3. Former Esquimalt, Mayor Darwin Robinson;
  4. Publican, Matt McNeill;
  5. Olympic rower, Silken Laumann;
  6. Former MLA, Ida Chong;
  7. David Hahn, former President of B.C. Ferries;
  8. The Q's, Ed Bain;
  9. NHL hockey star, Geoff Courtnall;
  10. Actor and author, Meg Tilly;
  11. Former Oak Bay Mayor, Christopher Causton;
  12. MP, Murray Rankin;
  13. Former Police Chief Frank Elsner of Victoria, former Police Chief Bob Downie of Saanich and former Deputy Police Chief Kent Thom of Oak Bay;
  14. 2010 Firefighter Calendar "Mr. May", Duane Adsett;
  15. Band Directors: Jeff Weaver from Oak Bay High, Jamie Davis from Spectrum Community School, and Dave Flello from Reynolds Secondary School; and
  16. Acting Mayor of Oak Bay, Hazel Braithwaite and Tea Party Chair, Sandy Germain challenging former Mayor of Oak Bay, Chris Causton and former Tea Party Chair, Bill Murphy-Dyson.
  17. Deputy Chief Constable, Ray Bernoties and Deputy Fire Chief, Darren Hughes.

Stay tuned for updates.  The 2022 race will take place Sunday, June 5th at 3:00 p.m. at Willows Beach.  See you there!

Posted on: March 11, 2021

Parking Restrictions

Please note there are parking restrictions in effect all around Willows Park during the Oak Bay Tea Party weekend. These parking restrictions are in place in order to permit emergency vehicles easy access to and from Willows Park. Look out for signs. Tow trucks are working overtime! It is suggested that you either be prepared to walk several blocks, ride your bike and use our secure bike facility or, take the bus.  B.C. Transit will have regular Saturday and Sunday service on the Tea Party weekend and extra buses on the Saturday night.

Click to open a map showing Road Closures during the Tea Party weekend. 

Click to open the BC Transit Bulletin for the Tea Party weekend.

We also have a secure bike facility.  Bike to the Tea Party with the family....beat the traffic and avoid the parking headaches!

The secure bike facility hours of operation are:

- Friday, from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: ANY BICYCLES LEFT IN THE FACILITY AFTER CLOSING TIME WILL BE TAKEN TO THE OAK BAY POLICE DEPARTMENT.

Posted on: March 11, 2021

Torch Run

Keep watching for updates in 2022!

Posted on: March 11, 2021

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