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. Find out more about the GWI, the Gorge Waterway and Portage Inlet and get involved in helping to protect these areas.

Annual Report 2015 now online

Read the latest GWI Annual Report.

Outreach Events - Summer 2016

Visit the GWI display and learn more about the Gorge and our initiative at these community events:

Gorge Swim Fest
Sunday August 7, noon - 4pm
Banfield Park, Craigflower Rd, Vic West
Read more >>

Gorge Waterway Nature House
In Esquimalt Gorge Park
Inquire here for opening hours: info@worldfish.org
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 >>

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

Featured Projects

Friends of Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary

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

Point Ellice Shoreline Restoration

We held our final work party for this major project on October 26th, 2014. The Greater Victoria Green Team and Rotaract Club of Victoria turned out in the pouring rain to give us a welcome hand planting 270 native trees and shrubs to complete the last of the restoration. Read the Green Team report and View the photos of the hard-working volunteers! Read more about the Point Ellice Shoreline Restoration.
The final report has now been submitted to Heritage BC and will be posted here soon.

craigflower-sign3-hhCraigflower Bridge Interpretive Signs

In 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 newly rebuilt 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 2016

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 20
  • March 16
  • May 18
  • July 20
  • September 21
  • November 16