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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
Sony DSCF828 camera

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beach, island, bay, sand, scenery, canada, victoria, scenic, historic, british, vancouver, headlands, columbia, seclusion, jann, ashworth, jannashworth, oak bay, mcneill

Comments

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1about 4 years ago

    Awesome – I love this!

  • WOW! Thanks Gina! and I love your butterfly and sparklies!

    – Jann Ashworth

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenabout 4 years ago

    Such a lovely view and capture. Looks gorgeous. Been a long time since I have been to Oak Bay area. Looks wonderful !!

  • Hi Sean..glad it brings back memories. It’s an old section of town, so probably looks just like the last time you saw it. Very nice area!

    – Jann Ashworth

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 4 years ago

    Wow, I love the sky colors going down blending in with trees.

  • Many thanks for your kind comments..glad you liked it. It was just the right time of evening to get that light :)

    – Jann Ashworth

  • Esperanza Gallego
    Esperanza Gallegoabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful :)

  • Thank you, very much appreciated!

    – Jann Ashworth

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 4 years ago

    What a beautiful spot, Jann. Lovely capture and very interesting info!

  • Hi Mike..more from that “perfect evening”..I took a lot of shots! But the light was just so good, you wait a long time to get conditions that nice.

    – Jann Ashworth

  • Mike Griffiths
    Mike Griffithsabout 4 years ago

  • Very many thanks Mike, really appreciative!

    – Jann Ashworth

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