The Ogden Point Breakwater is a major Victoria tourist attraction. It is an exhilarating 850 metre (one-half mile) walk starting adjacent to the Ogden Point Café (199 Dallas Road/V8V 1A1) & the Pacific Pilotage Authority Despatch Office (211 Dallas Road/(V8V 1A1). This Victoria landmark is used regularly by locals as well as by tourists. In April of 2013 installation was completed on new aluminium and stainless-steel railings on each side of the walkway.
As part of the enhancement and public use of the South Shore of Ogden Point, and a link to the Harbour Pathway project, the Ogden Point Enhancement Society (OPES) completed the installation of an ecological information kiosk.
Between 1914 and 1916 the breakwater was built to protect the Ogden Point piers which were being constructed simultaneously in anticipation of a trade increase due to the nearing completion of the Panama Canal. The breakwater was constructed of concrete blocks and concrete on a rock base. The two piers and a cargo warehouse were completed in 1918.
Recently Na’ Tsa’ maht – The Unity Wall has used the inside of the breakwater as a huge canvas on which a public art piece extends to the sea and creates a bridge between cultures. The art brings the history of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations to the forefront of the City of Victoria.
While you’re walking out the breakwater, keep you eyes focused on the surface of the water adjacent to the concrete blocks. Not only will you see various species of seaweed, you will likely see other marine life. On your return to the shore end of the breakwater continue along Dallas Road and enjoy a waterfront walk!