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.

Gorge Waterway Nature House

Visit the GWI display and learn more about the Gorge Waterway and its ecosystems at the family-friendly Nature House in Esquimalt Gorge Park. Open daily throughout the summer in 2018.

Nature House programs can be booked through World Fisheries Trust - Call 778.430.7585 or Email

Community Restoration Event - Esquimalt Gorge Park

Join the Gorge Waterway Action Society at the Nature House (1070 Tillicum Rd) to remove invasive ivy from the Sherwood Forest area. Read more >>
Saturday August 25, 11am - 3pm
Dress for the weather, and wear closed toe shoes
Gloves, tools and refreshments provided

Take Birds Under Your Wing!

2017 marked the 100th anniversary of Canada enacting the Migratory Bird Convention Act. Take action on behalf of the birds by signing the pledge to help conserve birds. Learn more about 100 years of bird conservation in Canada.

Urban Sanctuary Project

buffleheadGWI, ELSI, the Robert Bateman Centre and other regional conservation partners collaborated to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Convention Act, enacted by Canada in 1917. The Project goals are to improve stewardship of the upland and marine ecosystems that support birds and other wildlife in our urban centres, and to raise awareness of the three sanctuaries in the CRD:

The Urban Sanctuary Project is a collaborative effort of local conservation partners to increase awareness of the three federally-designated Migratory Bird Sanctuaries in the capital region.

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 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

craigflower-sign3-hhThe 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.

Read the 2017 GWI Annual Report

Learn More About Regional Invasive Species

Learn about high priority species, download fact sheets, report invasive species and more:
CRISP (Capital Region Invasive Species Partnership)

GWI Meeting Schedule 2018

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 and are open to the public:

September 19
November 21