Advocates for a Working Harbour

GVHA is a not-for-profit organization that is committed to the stewardship and sustainable growth of Victoria’s dynamic working harbour.

Born out of a desire to have more impact on the working harbour, the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) was conceived by a group of business leaders and community advocates. We have honoured these individuals as life members of our organization over the past several years.

GVHA Life Members:
  • Bea Holland
  • Stewart Johnston
  • Peter Lloyd
  • Ian Maxwell
  • Don Prittie
  • Paul Ridout
  • John Sanderson
  • Bill Wellburn
  • Randy Wright

Since our creation in 2002, we’ve been local champions and stewards of the harbour land and marine assets divested from the Government of Canada. We own 110 acres of harbour land and seabed as fee simple meaning that, as a self-funded organization, we proudly contribute to the municipal tax base.

We own and operate several high-profile community amenities including The Breakwater, Inner Harbour lower causeway, and customs dock at Raymur Point.

Within our commercial and marine industrial holdings are the deep-water terminal at The Breakwater District at Ogden Point, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ship Point, four Inner Harbour marinas, and the historic Steamship Terminal.

Our management of the Victoria Cruise Terminal contributes more than $130 million annually to the regional economy and is responsible for 800 direct and indirect jobs in Greater Victoria.

Learn more about our governance structure, board of directors, and leadership team.

Interested in learning more about our organization’s history? Contact our communications team.