Visiting the Breakwater District (formerly Ogden Point) and Dallas Rd Victoria BC area is an experience that showcases the true nature of the west coast. The idyllic ocean front setting is popular with locals and tourists alike for transportation, relaxation and adventure.
Let me explain.
The Dallas Road Waterfront Pathway extends from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Ross Bay Cemetery on the south side of the James Bay neighbourhood. On a difficulty scale, the paved path is considered easy with no major elevations. Leashed dogs are welcome on the pathway.
The Breakwater District (formerly known as Ogden Point) is the where the port is that welcomes tens of thousands of visitors who arrive in Victoria each year by cruise ship. With four deep-sea berths, it is not uncommon to see up to three cruise ships in port at the same time during the Alaska cruising season, or see them anchored in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, waiting for their turn to berth.
During the 2019 season that runs from April 16th to October 25th, passengers from over 260 ships will disembark looking for a memorable experience in Victoria. If you’ve never been on a cruise ship, seeing these mammoth beasts up close is amazing. And that is exactly what a walk along the breakwater will do during cruise ship season.
The breakwater is a massive concrete pier that juts out into the sea and helps calm the waters to enable ships to dock. A walk or jog along the breakwater is refreshing and scenic with beautiful mountain vistas and an abundance of marine wildlife. It is also a popular location for divers to enter and exit the waters.
Beside the Breakwater is the Camel Point Heliport, home to Helijet International Inc. who provide sightseeing helicopter tours as well as scheduled airline trips to Vancouver and Nanaimo. Seeing the region by air is incredible. I’ve been fortunate to travel to Vancouver by air for work on numerous occasions and each time I’m convinced I am going to witness the quintessential west coast scene of a swimming pod of orcas just below the ocean’s surface. No luck so far but I have fared far better on a whale watching excursion. If seeing whales in their natural habitat in on your bucket list, be sure to book a tour while you are in Victoria.
To the east of the Breakwater District, the Dallas Road Waterfront Pathway continues toward Clover Point. Along this stretch are plenty of greenspaces and access to the beaches and shoreline.
Clover Point is a popular destination for adventure seekers. Kite enthusiasts, windsurfers and sailboarders take advantage of the Pacific breezes that are perfect for these activities. Additionally, Clover Point is a great spot for just relaxing and watching sailboats, kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders, ferries and ships of all sizes.
Breakwater District, Clover Point and Dallas Road in Victoria BC is a delightful area to spend time enjoying the great outdoors. See you in my travels.
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