The Burnside Gorge Community Association conducts education and outreach to the public and local businesses, monitors water quality, removes invasive species, and contributes to maintenance of a native plant garden adjacent to Cecelia Creek, in the Gorge Waterway. They have been particularly active in projects in Rock Bay and Cecelia Creek.

The Gorge Tillicum Community Association conducts semi-annual clean-ups and invasive plant removal work parties in Gorge Park, and has hosted the annual Canada Day Gorge Picnic in Gorge Waterway Park since 1999. This popular event is attended by several thousand people from the region.

trestleineveninglightThe Gorge Waterway Action Society has been working on stewardship issues on the Gorge since 1989. GWAS was instrumental in getting the Selkirk Trestle re-built for public use; recent projects include shoreline restoration at several sites on the Gorge, a Gorge photo contest and support for the Gorge Waterway Nature House in Esquimalt Gorge Park.

World Fisheries Trust offers educational programming for school groups, community centres and the public at the Gorge Waterway Nature House ( in Esquimalt Gorge Park. This non-profit society also monitors Olympia oyster populations and operates a community environmental monitoring program along the Gorge and other locations within the harbours.

The Gorge Waterway Initiative, formed in 2005, is a collaborative, community-driven group of organizations concerned with protecting and enhancing the natural and cultural features of the Gorge Waterway, Portage Inlet and the surrounding watersheds. Members include conservation groups (including PIPS and PISCES), community associations, local residents and municipal representatives who work together on a variety of stewardship initiatives concerning Portage Inlet and the Gorge Waterway.

The Victoria and Esquimalt Harbours Environmental Action Program is an intergovernmental initiative working to protect and improve the environmental quality of the harbour areas.

Gorge Waterway Environment

Gorge Waterway Watersheds

  • Gorge Creek

Gorge Waterway Initiative

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