Arbutus Park Water Access


You may have heard the news from the Burnside Gorge Community Association that they are now actively lobbying the city to develop Arbutus Park and open access to the water.

Are you in support of giving Burnside Gorge Public Access to the Waterfront?

Arbutus Park is located at the bottom of Washington Avenue. Developing Arbutus Park will have a positive impact on the community by providing a valuable waterfront amenity that can be used by employees, residents, and tourists. Such neighbourhood amenities can transform the perception of the neighbourhoods leading to increased investment, events, and foot traffic. Developing the Gorge Waterway could have a positive effect on the business community with great examples from cities like Indianapolis.

Use your voice!

Victoria City Council is currently holding meetings to discuss the city’s strategic plan and annual budget. They are requesting that Arbutus Park and a vision for the Burnside Gorge waterfront be included as part of the budget and strategic plan.

Please e-mail the Mayor and Councillors to share your thoughts and voice your support of our neighbourhood.

Mayor Marianne Alto

Councillor Jeremey Caradonna

Councillor Chris Coleman

Councillor Matt Dell

Councillor Marg Gardiner

Councillor Stephen Hammond

Councillor Susan Kim

Councillor Krista Loughton

Councillor Dave Thompson


Are you in favour of this initiative?

Email us at for more information

Let us know by Friday, February 17th and we will craft a letter on behalf of the Rock Bay Business Community.


We’ve partnered up with Sweetpea Gallery to bring you a Rock Bay Art Crawl!

From June 20 – 27, walk around the neighbourhood to see art by emerging artists at 8 businesses throughout Rock Bay. Pick up an Art Crawl Passport at any participating location and ask for a stamp. Once you’ve collected at least 4 stamps drop your passport off at any of the businesses and be entered to win a sweet sweet prize pack! (pssst… it’ll include prints from the artists and various goodies from the businesses!)

Île Sauvage Brewing
2960 Bridge Street
Mon-Thurs: 2pm-9pm
Fri-Sat: 12pm-10pm
Sun: 12pm-8pm

Jima Cannabis
2622 Douglas Street

Kwench Culture Club
2031 Douglas Street
Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm

Leka Design
2524 Bridge Street
Mon-Sat: 11am-6pm

Mile Zero Coffee Co.
2612 Bridge Street
Mon-Fri: 7am-3pm
Sat: 8am-3pm

Rock Bay Market
2725 Rock Bay Avenue
Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm
Sun: 12-4pm

Vancouver Island Brewing
2330 Government Street
Tues-Wed: 12pm-7pm
Thurs-Sat: 12pm-8pm
Sun: 12pm-7pm

Working Culture Bread
2506 Douglas Street
Thurs-Fri: 8am-4pm
Sat: 9am-4pm
Sun: 9am-3pm

In support of our local community in Rock Bay, we have been fundraising for an inspiring new initiative, Bills Bag Lunches. Launching on January 8, 2021, Bill’s Bag Lunches will hand out bag lunches on Fridays to the street community centred around CoolAid’s Rock Bay Landing.

Inspired by conversations with his young daughter about the reasons some people end up living on the street, Bill decided to give his daughter a more human experience by making bag lunches and delivering them to the street community around CoolAid’s Rock Bay Landing. Together, they packed up 20 bag lunches that included a sandwich, drink, apple, and chips. A truly rewarding experience for both Bill and his daughter, Bill decided to develop this into a weekly program. This heartwarming initiative is held in partnership with CoolAid.

If you are interested in following along on Bill’s journey, check out his instagram @billsbaglunches.

There are currently no events posted, please checkback soon!

This Rock Bay initiative is proudly supported by the following local business community members.