McNeill Bay also known as Shoal Bay) is a small bay of the Strait of Juan De Fuca, at the south end of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. It’s within the boundaries of the municipality of Oak Bay,which again is next door to Victoria.The name comes from Captain William Henry McNeill,of the steamer SS Beaver, dropped anchor in the bay on March 14, 1843 while scouting for a location to build Fort Victoria for the Hudson’s Bay Company. In 1852 he purchased 200 acres of shoreline and established his homestead, becoming the first landowner in South Oak Bay.
The area is easily accessible via Beach Drive, which is a scenic road along the waterfront. The beach and headlands are popular places for picnics, walking, cycling and all sorts of outdoor activities. It’s also just a short hop from downtown Victoria and ideal for day hikes.
Taken in early May 2010
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