Swimmers hit the Gorge Waterway for a dip, while taking in music, playing games and making crafts in the event’s fifth year.
The cloudy weather today didn’t stop swimmers from taking a dip in the Gorge Waterway to show it’s a great, clean place to swim.
The Gorge Swim Fest takes place every summer at Banfield Park in Vic West and Kinsmen Gorge Park in Esquimalt.
For four hours today, people not only swam but listened to live music, played games and made crafts.
This is the event’s fifth year organized by volunteers who want the Gorge to be the local swimming hole it once was.
“The purpose is to bring awareness that Gorge Waterway is clean enough to swim in,” says swimmer Jack Meredeith.”
“Back in the 1890s everyone came down here it was the swimming resort for Victoria but in the decades since then it’s got polluted but in the 1990s heroic clean up activities that caused the gorge to be clean in the year 2000.”
“Now we want to celebrate that every year to say it is clean and keep it clean.”
Organizers say water temperatures in the Gorge are currently in the low 20s.