When people think of James Bay the word diverse comes to mind. Luxury condos mixed in with older townhomes, 100-year old single-family homes, new strata duplexes and conversions with blocks and blocks of character. Set just behind the Legislature Buildings and the Inner Harbour, James Bay is an area where both locals and tourists can marvel at some stunning turn-of-the-century architecture.
Brownstone walkups line some of the perimeter near Fisherman’s Wharf, with condo buildings like The Reef and Shoal Point close to the water’s edge. The new large scale Capital Park development is a central hub with Government offices, a public library, market and luxury condo buildings. The James Bay Village anchors the neighbourhood at Simcoe and Menzies St while a few blocks away the cruise ships pull in by the breakwater at Ogden Point. Space is at a premium so the lots and backyards tend to be a bit smaller, although it is hard to notice when you are surrounded by ocean walkways and the vast greenery of Beacon Hill Park. The uniqueness of James Bay can be felt just by wandering around on a weekend afternoon.