Logging in Jordan River dates back to the early 1880s. It really took off in 1907 with the construction of a logging train system. Western Forest Products took over the logging operation in the mid-30s and still holds the license today. The railroad has been long abandoned, and all hauling is done by truck.
Construction of the hydroelectric plant began in 1911 and finished a few years later. During the construction, Jordan River was home to over 1000 workers. It still puts out 175 megawatts of power. You could only reach Jordan River by sea until 1912. That year the road was extended from otter point to Jordan River, connecting the town by land to Sooke and Victoria.
There is a large surfing community that uses the Jordan River Beach, and they rule the roost. The waves break right off the river mouth and can reach more than 3 meters in height. If you come to surf, be polite, and they will let you join in. This is a great place for windsurfing also. After a day of surfing, you can chow down on a pizza at the far-out pizza joint, an awesome name, great eats.