Head and Tail of the Gorge Regatta

The logo for the Head and Tail of the Gorge regatta, by Darlene Gait.

Our event logo was designed by Darlene Gait, a Coast Salish First Nation's artist.

2023 INFO

Head & Tail of the Gorge 2023 is on the weekend of October 14-15. Details and Registration at RegattaCentral.

New for 2023 - Multiple Para Events. Saturday post-race BBQ & Beverages onsite.


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. Signup to volunteer here.


The Head & Tail of the Gorge regattas are an iconic BC event, featuring exciting racing and spectacular viewing opportunities, in the heart of beautiful Victoria BC. Teams attend from across BC, Alberta, and the Pacific Northwest, with some coming from as far away as the Maritimes or Europe. By participating, you are contributing to the mythical story of rowing the Gorge and conquering it. Have fun and enjoy the challenge!

The Head of the Gorge (map) 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, Most crews wear costumes for the race, and there are prizes for best costumes, The "Angel of the Narrows" guides crews through the rapids of the narrows.

The Tail of the Gorge (map) starts in the beautiful Portage Inlet, and runs south under the Craigflower Bridge, to finish back at Esquimalt Park. This regatta features relatively calm water and lovely scenery.

Gorge Narrows Rowing Club is proud to have taken over hosting this regatta. Our focus for this event is on community and bringing together athletes, volunteers and community members to share an appreciation for the gorge waterway and the sport of rowing.

We give thanks to the Lekwungen People of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, whose traditional lands and waterways we share daily.

Costume Challenge

Can you beat last year's costume winners?


Oct 14-15, 2023


Esquimalt GorgePark
1070 Tillicum Rd
Victoria, BC  V9A 2A1

See map

More Information

Registration and detailed event information is available at Regatta Central.

Our 2023 Sponsors

The Province of British Columbia

The B.C. Fairs, Festivals and Events Fund provided one-time grants to event organizers to support the sustained recovery of community events. 

Peninsula Co-op

Peninsula Co-op has been in business since 1977 and currently has more than 100,000 active member-owners.

Point Hope Maritime, A RALMAX Company.

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.

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