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

The Head & Tail of the Gorge 2023 was held on the weekend of October 14-15. We had 522 athletes from 22 clubs. Great weather. Amazing costumes. See you all next year!

Details and race results at RegattaCentral.


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.

Course Update

Please click here for the latest information on the course, including a video "row through".

Costume Challenge

Regatta Chair's Choice - Oarca Coastal Rowing Club, with a costume that spanned 2 boats. A boat of orca killer whales chasing down a boat of salmon.

Best overall Club effort - University of Calgary for multiple costumed boats

Best Morning flight costume - Vancouver Rowing Club - Harry Potter

Best Afternoon flight costume - Victoria City Rowing Club - Noah's Ark

Most entertaining in the warmup area - University of British Columbia Women's 2x - the cops

2023 Winner Photos Coming Soon!

2023 pictures coming soon!


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

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Click on the linked hearts to see our sponsoring organizations!

We are incredibly grateful to the many individuals and organizations that have contributed their time, resources, money, and material to help make the Head and Tail of the Gorge regattas possible.

Please take a moment to click here, or on the interlinked hearts, to appreciate our sponsoring organizations.

Thank you.

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