Head of the Gorge and Tail of the Gorge Regattas

  • Hosted By: Gorge Narrows Rowing Club
  • Sanctioned by RCA & BC (2023)



Multiple Para Events

 Food & Beverages onsite. Saturday nigh event.  - stay tuned for details

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED: 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

Participant Info Packet

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Time: Friday Oct 13, 2023 07:00 PM Vancouver


Meeting ID: 890 7321 6653   Passcode: 105889

This meeting serves to confirm start times and review the water conditions and procedures at the Tillicum Narrows. Again, for your safety, it is essential that all athletes have a thorough understanding of the contents of this regatta package.


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.

Website https://gorgerowing.ca/hog-tog.html
Contact Rachel Davis
Email [email protected]
Phone 250-361-8479
  Information Packet
Sanctioned by  
Chief Umpire/Referee Gordon Sund
Juniors Yes
High School Yes
Middle School No
Collegiate Yes
Open Yes
Masters Yes
Elite No
Para Yes
Inclusion No
Entry Fees (CAD)
Standard Cost Late Cost
1x $45.00 $90.00
2x $75.00 $150.00
4x / 4x+ $100.00 $200.00
8+ $180.00 $360.00
Rowing Canada 2023 Seat Fee $3.85
Rowing BC 2023 Seat Fee $3.50
Plus taxes if applicable