The Head and Tail of the Gorge Regattas

Key Facts
For 2022, these regattas run Saturday, October 22 through Sunday, October 23. The event venue is the newly renovated Esquimalt Gorge Park in Victoria, British Columbia.

Registration opens September 1 at Regatta Central.

Be a part of running this iconic regatta! Many of the volunteer jobs don’t require rowing experience. We encourage the broader Victoria community to participate. See the volunteer roles available, and sign up at our volunteers page.

About the Regattas
These two regattas are an iconic BC event, with a broad range of participants and spectacular viewing opportunities. The Head of the Gorge starts near Victoria's historic Old Town, runs north under three bridges, shoots through the rushing waters of Tillicum Narrows, and finishes at Esquimalt Park, The Tail of the Gorge starts in the beautiful Portage Inlet, and runs south under the Craigflower Bridge, to finish back at Esquimalt Park.

Teams from across BC, Alberta, and the Pacific Northwest use this regatta to mark the end of the season and the transition to winter training, with incredible racing during the day and the hospitality of Victoria in the evening . The Head of the Gorge encourages costumes during the race, and that gives the entire event a festival atmosphere.

In 2022, the University of Victoria, which carried the legacy of this regatta for many years, passed the regatta to Gorge Narrows Rowing Club. This year, the Head and Tail of the Gorge Regatta is focusing on community and bringing together athletes, volunteers and community members to share an appreciation for the gorge waterway and the sport of rowing.

By participating, you are contributing to the mythical story of rowing the Gorge and conquering it. Have fun and enjoy the challenge!

The Gorge Narrows Rowing Club gives thanks to the Lekwungen People of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations whose traditional lands and waterways we share daily.

Our Sponsors

Point Hope Maritime

Point Hope Maritime full-service shipyard is strategically located on the harbour in Victoria, B.C., Canada. For over a hundred years, Point Hope Maritime has played a key role in the commercial and industrial activities of the Port of Victoria by servicing visiting vessels in our safe harbour. From 1873 to now, they continue to repair and refit all types of Commercial and Private vessels.

Peninsula Co-op

Peninsula Co-op is a Vancouver Island based co-operative with our core business in grocery, petroleum and convenience stores employing more than 350 full and part-time employees.

Rainbow Kitchen

Founded in 2010, Rainbow Kitchen is a family-friendly community kitchen that specializes in providing delicious meals and connecting the community to resources. Everyone welcome, no questions asked.

If you or someone you know is in need of food, Rainbow Kitchen can help. With a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, Rainbow Kitchen serves 10,000 meals every month


Saturday, October 22, 2022

Sunday, October 23, 2022.


Esquimalt GorgePark
1070 Tillicum Rd
Victoria, BC  V9A 2A1

See map

More Information

Registration and detailed event information will be availabe at Regatta Central closer to the event date.

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