Gorge Waterway Nature House
The Gorge Waterway Nature House is operated by us and the Gorge Waterway Action Society in the Esquimalt-Gorge park (formerly the Kinsman Park). It attracts thousands of visitors every year, providing great educational entertainment for youth and adults. We have hosted a popular World Ocean’s Day (typically June 8th) celebration here annually since 2008, adding a boat challenge in 2017.
It is open to the public from Spring to Fall and attracts thousands of visitors every year. In addition, it offers environmental education programs to school and community groups. Hours of operation are subject to volunteer availability so please check the Facebook page before stopping by.
What can you find at the Nature House?
The Gorge Waterway Nature House is home to an interactive marine touch tank, watershed model of the Gorge Waterway, microscope stations, marine and terrestrial samples and creative space for kids.
Through our sister division, Seaquaria Ocean Education, we host school classes, community groups, summer camps, and birthday parties for all learning levels.
Free brochures and booklets from NGOs and various levels of government are available. These have information on local wildlife, ecosystems and tips on how to contribute to the health of our urban Naturehood.
There is a variety of beverages, snacks and popsicles available for purchase at the Nature House. All proceeds go straight to helping us fund our research, stewardship, and education programs.
Find all sorts of locally focused goodies from jewelry and toys to curriculum material, aquatic and terrestrial ID guides, and interest books. All proceeds go straight to helping us fund our research, stewardship, and education programs.