Volunteer Opportunities

GWI member groups are actively involved with a variety of restoration projects along the waterway. The GWI acts as a hub for information distribution

Check out work being done in different watersheds along the Gorge:

  • Friends of Cuthbert Holmes: This group is removing invasive plants and restoring native habitat in Cuthbert Holmes Park, a District of Saanich park at the mouth of Colquitz Creek near Portage Inlet.
  • Gorge Waterway Action Society offers numerous volunteer opportunities at the Gorge Waterway Nature House and throughout Esquimalt Gorge Park.
  • Saanich Parks Pulling Together Program offers hands-on ecological restoration volunteer opportunities in a number of Saanich parks including Cuthbert Holmes Park and Swan Creek Park.
  • The Beaver Elk Environmental Stewards (BEES) are a group of volunteers dedicated to the restoration of Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. Contact them for more information about volunteer opportunities including water quality monitoring, invasive plant removal, and creek restoration. 
  • More volunteer opportunities throughout the CRD can be found here.

Shoreline Clean Up

Many groups along the Gorge Waterway organize community shoreline cleanups. Our partners below hold regular cleanups every year: