Welcome to the Gorge Waterway Initiative!

The mission of the GWI is to protect, enhance and restore the health of the Gorge Waterway, Portage Inlet, their watersheds and communities, for the enjoyment and well-being of present and future generations.

Upcoming Events

Speakers Series:

"From Brant to BiodiverCity - The Resurrection of Victoria Harbour Bird Sanctuary - the oldest MBS in Pacific Canada"
Presented by: Jacques Sirois, naturalist and birding expert
7pm Thursday December 8, 2016
Robert Bateman Centre, 470 Belleville St
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Swimming in the Gorge

Island Health monitors swimming beaches during the summer to ensure safety for swimmers. Island Health also monitors the south island beaches, including swimming beaches in the Gorge Waterway.

For more information call: 250.519.3401

Annual Report 2015 now online

Read the latest GWI Annual Report.

Gorge Waterway Nature House

Visit the GWI display and learn more about the Gorge Waterway and its ecosystems:
In Esquimalt Gorge Park
Email for opening hours
Or call World Fisheries Trust: 250.380.7585

Goals and Achievements 2010-2015

Members reviewed activities undertaken in the past 5 years toward achieving the goals and objectives outlined in the stewardship strategy developed in 2005. Read more >>

Featured Projects

Friends of Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Check out the Facebook site for this new group that is working to raise awareness of all the amazing birds and wildlife in the midst of this busy urban waterway.

Point Ellice Shoreline Restoration: 2007 - 2014

GWI and community volunteers spent 1000s of hours restoring the woodland shoreline at Point Ellice House. Read more about the Point Ellice Shoreline Restoration.

Craigflower Bridge Interpretive Signs - 2014

The GWI worked with the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations, and staff from View Royal and Saanich to design and install interpretive signs on the new Craigflower Bridge. Read more >>

What is the GWI?

The Gorge Waterway Initiative 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.

GWI meeting schedule 2017

Steering committee meetings are held at the Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club, 355 Gorge Rd West, from 7 - 9:30pm. Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of every other month:

  • January 18
  • March 15
  • May 17
  • July 19
  • September 20
  • November 15