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Gorge Waterway Nature House

Gorge Waterway Nature House


The Gorge Waterway Nature House is an educational space operated in partnership with World Fisheries Trust and the Township of Esquimalt. GWAS provides and manages the human resources for the Nature House through volunteers and summer students. The Nature House was designed to be a local community hub of environmental education and link environmental research with public outreach and youth education. The Nature House has attracted thousands of visitors since its opening and its capacity was further maximized after extensive renovations in 2012. Today, the Nature House hosts a Seaquaria Aquarium touch tank full of local marine species, a watershed model of the Gorge Waterway, and numerous interactive educational displays. There is something for everyone at the Nature House! We are also raising funds to add new items to the Nature House, like binoculars and GPS geocache devices. Donate Here today!


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Nature House Hours and location *Subject to volunteer availablity*

The Nature House is currently closed for the Winter Season. It will reopen on March 16th 2019.


Spring Hours (Mar. 16 - May 31): Saturday and Sunday only 10:00am - 3:00pm

Summer Hours (Jun. 1 - Aug. 31): Open 7-days a week 11:00am - 4:00pm 

Fall Hours (Sept. 1 - Oct. 13): Saturday and Sunday only 10:00am - 3:00pm


The Nature House is located in Esquimalt Gorge Park at 1070 Tillicum Road, admission is by donation, and it is wheelchair accessible.



The Nature House is home to a Seaquaria Aquarium marine touch tank and renowned watershed model of the Gorge Waterway. It is home to an extensive library of local environmental resources and information. It also contains a child's play area with children's books, species identification station, and coloring sheets. 



The Nature House is home to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books for people of all ages. We offer a range of nature based children's books, identification guides, and text books. 


Gift Shop
The Nature House offers a small selection of field identification guides, curriculum and lesson plans, colouring books, posters, greeting cards, and books about the local history of the Gorge, the 
surrounding park, and the local ecosystem. It is a great place to find a gift for the environmental steward in your family!



We sell hot and cold drinks, light snacks, and other refreshments. 


Learn more about the Nature House here:  http://worldfish.org/projects/local/nature-house


Admission by Donation