Ogden Point 1843-2001
The vision of Victoria as a major industrial centre and cargo terminal began early in the 20th century. The Panama Canal was then under construction, and the city anticipated a massive increase in maritime trade from deep-sea vessels using the new waterway.
1843: The point, on traditional Lekwungen territory, is named for Peter Skene Ogden, an official with the Hudson’s Bay Company.
1916 - 1918: Work is completed on a 500-foot granite and concrete breakwater with a lighthouse, and two piers and a cargo warehouse, in anticipation of increased shipping activity.
1978: 30 cruise ships carrying over 20,000 passengers visit Victoria, berthing at Ogden Point
2001: The Norwegian Sky is the first weekly scheduled cruise vessel from Seattle embarkation port.
Ogden Point 2002-2016
2002: Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) is established. Cruise ship visits for the year exceeds 100 bringing over 160,000 visitors to Victoria.
2003: 1 Millionth cruise ship passenger visits Victoria.
2009: Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas makes its maiden voyage. At 1,020 ft. long and 138,000 gross tonnes, it is the largest vessel ever to berth at Ogden Point docks at the time.
2011: A mooring dolphin and dredging project at Ogden Point's Pier B is completed in partnership with the governments of Canada and British Columbia. The expansion allows the Victoria terminal to welcome larger ships.
2012: Over 220 cruise ships visit Victoria and passenger numbers exceed 500,000 for the year.
2013: 5 millionth cruise ship passenger to visit Victoria arrives on the Norwegian Jewel.
2016: Over 550,000 passengers visit Victoria from April to October. Regularly scheduled cruise lines include: Princess Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Intl., Celebrity Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Lines, Oceana Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Lines, Hapaq-Lloyd Line, Seabourn, and RegenSea Inc.