Update: March 23, 2020, 2 p.m.
The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) has made the decision to close the Ogden Point Breakwater effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 7 a.m.
Gates and signage will be installed on the upper walkway level notifying residents of the closure. The lower oceanfront level will see the installation of signage instructing people to avoid the area.
This decision comes after several incidents where community members were seen in close proximity and not adhering to the mandate by the Provincial Health Officer to practice social distancing. While the Breakwater is wide enough for the public to practice social distancing, it wasn’t being practiced by all visitors.
“We own and operate the Ogden Point Breakwater and it is one of the most high-profile community assets we steward,” said Ian Robertson, CEO of GVHA. “We typically see more than 450,000 people use the walkway each year. With the recent sunny weather, tied in with the impact of COVID-19, we unfortunately didn’t see those numbers slow down. While it is a difficult decision to close a space that Victorians love, this is in the best interest of our collective health and safety and our requirement to help flatten the curve.”
Maintenance on the Ogden Point Breakwater is a routine service by the GVHA with sweeps for garbage and safety being done several times each day. This will be reduced during this closure and the Breakwater will be maintained on an essential service only.
GVHA will continue to monitor their other public-facing properties such as the Inner Harbour Lower Causeway, Ship Point, and Fisherman’s Wharf. At Fisherman’s Wharf, the ramp gate leading to the float homes has been closed and the three fingers where the float homes are situated are stanchioned off. Visitors to the food and beverage businesses that are offering take out services only are directed to the middle ramp for access.
Decisions on additional closures and operations changes will be made on a daily basis as the need arises.
Update: March 20, 2020, 11 a.m.
A reminder regarding our facilities, including the Ogden Point Breakwater, Inner Harbour Lower Causeway, Ship Point, and Fisherman’s Wharf.
While these facilities remain open, please be aware that maintenance and servicing is reduced at this time.
Please maintain social distancing as directed by the Provincial Health Officer.
We are very thankful that the weather is beautiful in Victoria and everyone is eager to get outside, but we can only flatten the curve if we adhere to social distancing.
Update: March 19, 2020, 1 p.m.
Please note that, as a result of COVID-19, the GVHA marinas – Causeway, Ship Point, Wharf Street, Johnson Street, and Hyack – will no longer be accepting any new American boaters due to the requirement or all visitors from the USA to self-isolate for 14 days, and for marina staff to maintain social distancing protocol as outlined by the Provincial Health Officer.
This will include any confirmed reservations going forward, until further notice. This will be in line with the upcoming closure of the Canada/USA border to non-trade traffic, which is likely to begin the evening of Friday, March 20.
Update: March 16, 2020, 10 a.m.
Our offices will be closed to the public until further notice, responding to the requirements and recommendations from the B.C. Provincial Health Officer and the Government of Canada to practice social distancing.
Our teams will be utilizing our work from home opportunities where possible, while maintaining essential services at our facilities.
To get in touch with our team over the next while, please use one of these methods:
- Corporate Phone: 250.383.8300 (M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
- Corporate Email: email@example.com (Checked during week days)
- Marina Inquires & Reservations Phone: 250-383-8326 (M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; S-S 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
- Marina VHF: 66A
Update: March 13, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
Following the decision by Transport Canada to suspend the cruise season across Canada until July 1, 2020, for vessels capable of holding more than 500 passengers and crew, the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority will incorporate this directive to include all cruise vessels of any size at the Victoria Cruise Terminal and their Inner Harbour facilities.
This decision is also based on the guidance from the Provincial Health Office requiring that the public avoid gatherings of 250 people or more and the request for people who have visited the United States to self-quarantine for 14 days. As a not-for-profit community organization with board members representing various partners, this decision is also based on the need to put the health and safety of Victorians first.
We will communicate this decision to our cruise partners and terminal operators over the next few days. Further information regarding COVID-19 and its impacts on port operations in Victoria will continue to be shared at gvha.ca.
Update: March 13, 2020, 9 a.m.
Effective today, Transport Canada has suspended the cruise season across Canada until July 1, 2020.
We respect the decision by the Government of Canada in putting health and safety of Canadians first. We will work to engage with our cruise partners and terminal operators to comply with the decision.
In dealing with the impact of COVID-19, the health and safety of everyone is always our top concern. While this will have a negative economic impact on our organization and numerous small businesses and operators in Greater Victoria, we ask that Victorians continue to support dialogue, collaboration, and community through these unprecedented times.
We will remain engaged with Transport Canada, agencies, and other ports across Canada as these regulations are implemented.
Further information regarding COVID-19 and its impacts on port operations in Victoria will continue to be shared here.
The 2020 cruise schedule will continue to be updated as changes occur and is available here.