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.
Take Birds Under Your Wing!
2017 marks 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
GWI, ELSI, the Robert Bateman Centre and other regional conservation partners are collaborating 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.
Under the Harbour
Ever wonder what's under the harbour here in Victoria? Check out Hakai Magazine's underwater video.
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
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.
2017 Opening Hours:
March 18 - May 31: Sat and Sun, 10am - 3pm
June 1 - August 31: Daily 10am - 4pm
Sept. 1 - November: Sat and Sun, 10am - 3pm
Operated by World Fisheries Trust - Call 250.380.7585 or Email
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 >>