Victoria The Gorge Waterway Topo Map

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Located in the heart of Victoria is the Gorge Waterway, a 6-mile-long natural saltwater canal that winds and bends through residential neighborhoods and empties into Victoria Harbor. The gorge was used for thousands of years by the Songhees First Nations people as a source to catch Coho salmon and herring. Under the south end of the Tillicum Bridge, a 4100-year-old midden of shells, charcoal, and scorched rock can be found. The Canal of Camosack as it was known in the 1800s is now called Tillicum Narrows. Here the shore narrows to a 45-foot-wide bottleneck forcing the tidal current to flush through at higher speeds. Current has been reported of ripping through there at 11 knots—enough to create a wild white-water rapid below the bridge. The rest of the Gorge is wider and very calm, ideal for novice paddlers or those seeking a casual, easy paddle.

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