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.

This year's Mayor's Floating Teacup Race is sure to be "new"!   Kevin Murdoch, Mayor of Oak Bay, challenging in no particular order: Fred Haynes, Mayor of Saanich, Rob Martin, Mayor of Colwood, and Cliff McNeil-Smith, Mayor of the Town of Sidney, with Geoff Orr, Mayor of North Saanich on stand-by.  This year's race should be a good one, you won't want to miss it!!  The race takes place Sunday, June 2nd at 3:00 p.m. at Willows Beach.  See you there!

Posted on: May 9, 2019

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 competition takes place on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. and is free to participants and a great spectator sport too!


Posted on: January 5, 2019

Amusement Rides

The Oak Bay Tea Party is pleased to welcome back SHOOTING STAR AMUSEMENTS, based in Langley, BC. Shooting Star will be making it's thirteenth appearance at the Tea Party. We had so many positive comments the last twelve years, how could we not keep having them back!

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

Posted on: January 5, 2019

Kayak Rides Are Back

Saturday aftrenoon 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.

The Oak Bay Tea Party welcomes back and thanks Brian Henry and his great staff at OCEAN RIVER SPORTS for bringing their kayaks to Willows Beach, Saturday, June 1st in the afternoon, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.

Posted on: January 5, 2019

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, May 31st from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Saturday, June 1st from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Sunday, June 2nd from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.



Posted on: January 5, 2019

Mad Hatter Fun Run

Keep watching for updates as we anticipate having a new race this year!

The Mad Hatter Fun Run originally started by ROB REID of FRONTRUNNERS, followed by ST. PATRICK's ELEMENTARY SCHOOL,  will not take place this year.




Posted on: January 5, 2019

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