Community Celebrations

Many annual community celebrations along the Gorge Waterway are sponsored by GWI member groups, and typically attended by our members with the GWI display table, Info Sheets and other outreach materials.

Annual events include: 

  • Vic West Fest in Banfield Park (early May, sponsored by Vic West Community Association)
  • Selkirk Waterfront Festival (end of May, Burnside Gorge Community Association)
  • Oceans Day Festival at Gorge Waterway Nature House (around June 8th, World Fisheries Trust)
  • Canada Day Picnic on the Gorge (July 1st, Gorge Tillicum Community Association)
  • Gorge Swim Fest (August, Gorge Swim Fest Society)

Restoration Work Parties

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:

  • Point Ellice Woodland Shore restoration project: Completed in 2014, this was one of the biggest projects that the GWI has undertaken. Read more >>
  • Friends of Cuthbert Holmes: This group is removing invasive plants and restoring native habitat in Cuthbert Holmes Park, a municipal park at the mouth of Colquitz Creek near Portage Inlet.
  • Friends of Swan Creek Watershed: This group formed in 2012 in response to oil spills into Swan Creek. They meet regularly to restore riparian habitat along this tributary of the Colquitz River.
  • Monitoring along Gorge Creek in Esquimalt Gorge Park: World Fisheries Trust. The lower section of Gorge Creek was daylighted in 2005/6 by the Township of Esquimalt.
  • Cecelia Creek ravine: City of Victoria Parks and volunteers from the Burnside Gorge Community Association are working together to restore riparian habitat along a section of Cecelia Creek that was daylighted in 2000.
  • Railyards monthly work parties along the Galloping Goose Trail Project originally started by Gorge Waterway Action Society in 2007.
  • Burnside Gorge Community Association
  • Cecelia Creek Clean-up Project (BC Ministry of Environment)