These two regattas are an iconic BC event, with a broad range of adult participants and spectacular viewing opportunities. The Head of the Gorge starts near Victoria's historic Old Town, and runs north under three bridges to finish near Esquimalt Park, The Tail of the Gorge starts in the beautiful Portage Inlet, and runs south under the Craigflower Bridge. On each of the two days, racing takes place on Victoria's beautiful Gorge Waterway for all categories of adults.
This event draws participation from across BC, Alberta, and the Pacific North West.
The Pacific Northwest uses this regatta to mark the end of the season and the transition to winter training. Since 1978, the Head and Tail of the Gorge Regattas have offered great racing during the day, and the hospitality of Victoria at night. The Head of the Gorge encourages Halloween costumes during the race, and that gives the entire event a festival atmosphere.
Registration and additional information is available at Regatta Central closer to the regatta date.
For 2022, the regattas start on Saturday, October 22, and end on Sunday, October 23. The event venue is the newly renovated Esquimalt Gorge Park in Victoria, British Columbia.
The Gorge Narrows Rowing Club would like to extend a special thanks to The University of Victoria Vikes men's and women's rowing programs for hosting this event from 1978 through 2021, and for all the support they continue to provide.