Ogden Point Breakwater

The Ogden Point Breakwater is a major tourist attraction in Victoria, BC. The Ogden Point is the busiest cruise ship port in Canada, with a fascinating a half mile walk starting at the Ogden Point Café and ending at the lighthouse. This Victorian landmark always attracts locals as well as tourists for a refreshing walk along the ocean waters.

Attractions around the Ogden Point Breakwater
The Ogden Point Breakwater is conveniently located in the most favorable James Bay are just 20 minutes by foot from the epicenter of all activities downtown such as:

  • Fisherman`s Wharf – a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered with floating homes which are is absolutely amazing experience;
  • Inner Harbour – across the road with blooming flowers, palms and trees alongside gorgeous boats and yachts, makes the walk on the harbor an unforgettable experience;
  • Empress Hotel – where one can visit for an afternoon tea;
  • BC Parliament Building – steeped in all its history and beautiful architecture is a must see;
  • Beacon Hill Park – go for a picnic and/or simply explore a mix or urban and rural nature.

About Ogden Point Breakwater

The Ogden Point Breakwater is located on Dallas Road in James Bay near downtown Victoria, it is known for its walk along the water with a lighthouse at the end of the water breaker.  It presents the opportunity for people to see the harbor, from ferries arriving or departing the harbor to cruise ships, sail boats as well as float planes, all these traffic can be viewed from the Ogden Point Breakwater.

You can walk, hobble, or ride in a chair, this walk is a must! As the sea air refreshes your spirit, all your cares slip away! Go all the way to the beacon or part way, walk up top on the sidewalk or down on the breakwater steps, you will never forget this stroll! There is always lots of activity around this point:

  • boats,
  • seaplanes,
  • fishermen,
  • divers,
  • whale watching;
  • sittings of seals, jellyfish, starfish and others.

On your way to Ogden Point Breaker you can walk along Dallas Road and enjoy the waterfront before you get to Ogden Point Breakwater. At your own risk you can walk to the lower level down to the area below the Breakwater which is closer to the water, but be mindful as the conditions there are not so friendly which include slippery rocks and wet winds. From the point you can see the seagulls flying around the breakwater as well as shore dwelling birds and on a good day you just might be lucky to see seals playing in the water as well as other marine life.

On the wall inside on the breakwater there is a huge art which was recently done by Na’ Tsa’ math. The art signifies the history between the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. The Ogden

 

Point also serves as a hub for transportation to Vancouver, Nanaimo and Seattle via the heliport and also has a facility to repair ships and provide supplies for cruise ships and other vessels.

History of Ogden Point Breakwater

In 1914 Ogden Point was constructed by the City of Victoria and named after Peter Skene Ogden, a prominent trader and explorer working for the Hudson’s Bay Company at that time. The construction of the breakwater was in expectation of shipping trade increase based on the completion and opening of the Panama Canal in 1914.  Approximately 10,000 granite blocks which weigh about a million tons were used in the construction of the breakwater, creating a 2,500 feet long walk way, with a light house tower standing 40 feet above water erected by Messrs. Parfitt Brothers.

 

Since the completion of the Ogden Point Breaker, other features such as fog alarms have been installed only in 2013 and railings were installed along the walk way between the cement blocks, making it safer for people to enjoy the walk all the way to the lighthouse that railings.

 

Travelling to Ogden Point Breakwater

If you would like to drive to Ogden Point Breakwater, there is pay parking is available on the north side of the facility near the Helijet terminal, and on the south side by the Breakwater Café & Bistro. You can also find 2 hours free parking along the Dallas Street, but will have to walk a bit to the Ogden Point Breakwater.

If you prefer to use the bus, please check the BC Transit schedule here.