GTCA Annual General Meeting

Please come out to your Gorge Tillicum Community Association's AGM at 7pm on Monday April 03, 2017 at the Victoria Friendship Native Centre, 231 Regina Ave.  The Board elections will be held, food will be provided, and after the formal elections and presentation of the 2016 Financial Statements, there will be a celebration of GTCA volunteers, especially our dedicated army of newsletter deliverers.

Due to the new BC Societies Act, the GTCA has revised the Constitution and Bylaws.  The proposed Draft will be presented for approval by the members.  You can review the current and proposed Constitution and Bylaws on our website under the Home Menu, or to the proposed draft click here.

Enjoy some food and drink and socialize with the Board, volunteers, and our community.  Memberships can renewed at the door; however, to vote, you must have been a paid-up member for at least 30 days prior to the meeting.  See you there at 7pm on April 3rd!

Calendar

Upcoming Community Events

25th Annual Brown Cup – Rowing Regatta: Saturday, March 25 at the Gorge Waterway. More information at http://rowingbc.ca

LEGO Mania: March 25 – 26 at Tillicum Mall. Bring in your LEGO masterpiece featuring this year's theme – HAPPY 150th BIRTHDAY, CANADA. Meet LEGO Certified Professional builder, Robin Sather, and watch him build a great scene using LEGO bricks! Register online on February 20 at www.tillicumkids.com to be entered into the Tillicum LEGO Mania Competition.

Victoria Women’s Show: March 25 – 26 at Pearkes Rec. Centre. More info. at www.victoriawomensshow.com

Soup Day: Thursday, March 30: Come on down to Saanich Neighbourhood Place (Pearkes Rec. Centre) between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm for a bowl of Sheila's delicious soup and a fresh homemade bun.

Gorge Tillicum Community Association AGM: Monday, April 3, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Native Friendship Centre.

Wake up the Gorge: Saturday, April 8 – Sunday, April 9, Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club, 355 Gorge Road. Wake Up the Gorge is the VCKC's annual weekend of racing for OC6 Outrigger canoes and Small Boats. It kicks off the racing season for many of the Victoria and area paddling clubs who use the Gorge for racing. More info. at www.vckc.ca

Vancouver Island Pet Expo: April 8 – 9, Pearkes Rec Centre. The fun-filled family event will feature pet-related vendors along with interesting and unique entertainment. More info. at www.vancouverislandpetexpo.com

Hampton Concert Orchestra 2017 Spring Concerts, Sunday, April 9 at 2:00 pm and Monday, April 10 at 7:30 pm, at Les Passmore Seniors’ Centre, 286 Hampton Road. Admission by donation. More information at ww.hamptonconcertorchestra.com

Lions Gorge Park Easter Egg Hunt: Sunday, April 16, 12:00 – 3:00 pm. The Esquimalt Lions present their annual Easter Egg Hunt at Esquimalt Gorge Park. The event includes entertainment, food, crafts, face-painting, a bouncy castle (weather permitting) and a massive Easter Egg Hunt. An egg-ceptional event for the whole family! More info. at www.esquimalt.ca

Emergency Preparedness Begins with You Workshop: Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Pearkes Rec. Centre. Free. Register early to reserve a spot. More info. at (250) 475-5400 or www.saanich.ca

Annual Earth Day Gorge Park Clean-Up: Saturday, April 22, 9:00 am – noon, Gorge Park East, across from the Fairway Market on Gorge Road. Free coffee and refreshments.

Saanich Cycling Festival: Sunday, April 23, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Bike related displays and activities, food and music from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at Saanich Municipal Hall and festival stations along the Goose and Lochside trails where you can get bike trail and route information, refreshments and pick up your Cycle Fest passport for a chance to win prizes. More info. at www.saanich.ca

Soup Day: Thursday, April 27: Come on down to Saanich Neighbourhood Place (Pearkes Rec. Centre) between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm for a bowl of Sheila's delicious soup and a fresh homemade bun.

Gentle Walk & Talk – Colquitz to Hyacinth Park: Thursday, May 4, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Meet at Colquitz Creek Park sign near Silver City Theatre at Tillicum Mall. Suitable for all walking abilities. No fee or registration required. Sorry, dogs not permitted. More info. at www.saanich.ca

Coast Capital Savings Free Skate: Wednesday, May 10, 3:10 – 4:00 pm at Pearkes Rec. Centre. Bring your friends and family to enjoy a fun skate for FREE. Remember to wear your helmet at the rink. Chance to win prizes! More information at www.saanich.ca

Soup Day: Thursday, May 25: Come on down to Saanich Neighbourhood Place (Pearkes Rec. Centre) between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm for a bowl of Sheila's delicious soup and a fresh homemade bun.

2017 Bike to Work & School Week: Monday, May 29 – Sunday, June 4. Get on your bike and celebrate cycling and the health, wellness and fun benefits that go along with it. Check out www.biketoworkvictoria.ca for a detailed schedule of fun and free events to be held throughout Greater Victoria and information on how to register a Bike to Work & School Week team.

Kids Mega Sale: Saturday, June 3, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm at Pearkes Rec Centre. More info. at https://sites.google.com/site/vanislandmultiplebirthsassn/kms-sales

World Ocean’s Day Festival: Saturday, June 3 at Esquimalt Gorge Park. Come out to the Gorge Waterway Discovery Centre to learn about protecting your local waterways and celebrate and learn about the ocean’s diversity and importance to our ecosystems. More info. at www.esquimalt.ca


Gorge Canada Day Picnic: Saturday, July 1, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. More info. at www.gorgecanadaday.ca

 

Gorge Park Clean-up

The Gorge Tillicum Community Association (GTCA) organizes two main clean-ups of Gorge Park in April and September of every year.  We need as many hands as possible to pick-up garbage and pull invasive species!

  • The next semi-annual clean-up will be Saturday April 22, 2017 from 9am to 12noon.  Meet us in the Park just across from Fairway Market,

 

Gorge Canada Day Picnic

19th Annual GORGE CANADA DAY PICNIC 2017 - Saturday, July 1st, 8:30am-4:00pm

Of course we're putting this on again!  We'll have four entertainment stages, classic cars, loads of food, kids' activities all at our gorgeous location along the beautiful Gorge Waterway.  We hope to see you for the 2017 Gorge Canada Day Picnic on Canada's 150th Birthday!

The Gorge Canada Day Picnic has its own separate website; please go to it for further information:  http://www.gorgecanadaday.ca/

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ROAD CLOSURE ADVISORY NOTICE - Gorge Road West

On Saturday, July 1, 2017 the Gorge Tillicum Community Association is hosting the 18th Gorge Canada Day Picnic, a day celebrating our country, its people, and the place we live. We again expect over 10,000 people to attend and stroll along Gorge Road itself and the Gorge Waterway paths.

An integral part of the day is the closure of Gorge Rd West between Tillicum and Admirals.  We applied for and received a Special Event Permit from the Municipality. This road closure has been approved by Saanich and the Saanich Police and coordinated with BC Transit.   Here are the details of the road closure.

1. Gorge Road West will be closed to vehicle traffic from 7:30am to 5:00pm on Saturday July 1, 2017 between Tillicum Road and Admirals Road. Vehicle access to and from Gorge Road West properties will be for emergency purposes only.

2. Affected Gorge Road West residents are requested to park their cars on the side streets on the evening of June 30th. If it is necessary to leave on July 1st access to and from all side streets will be by Vincent Ave., Cowper Ave., and Admirals Rd (for Rockwell & Inlet).

3. The westbound lane of Gorge Road West is a designated emergency access route for police, fire, and paramedics. It MUST be kept free of obstacles for emergency vehicles if necessary. Please do not set-up games, furniture, etc. on the road or sidewalks.

4. No residential parking is permitted in Gorge Road West parking lots/areas between 7:30am and 5:00pm on July 1st.

5. The #11 BC Transit bus service will re-route from Gorge Road West during the road closure.

Clearly a road closure like this is asking everyone to be as understanding as possible.  Thank-you for your co-operation. For further information on the Picnic and the day’s programme, please visit the Picnic website at www.gorgecanadaday.ca.

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BC TRANSIT RE-ROUTING ADVISORY NOTICE - Gorge Road West

On Saturday, July 1, 2017 the Gorge Tillicum Community Association is hosting the 19th Gorge Canada Day Picnic, a day celebrating our country, its people, and the place we live. We again expect over 10,000 people to attend and stroll along Gorge Road itself and the Gorge Waterway paths.

An integral part of the day is the closure of Gorge Rd West between Tillicum and Admirals.  We applied for and received a Special Event Permit from the Municipality. This road closure has been approved by Saanich and the Saanich Police and coordinated with BC Transit.   Here are the details of the BC Transit re-routing.

1. From the start of service around 7:30am and until to 6:00pm on Saturday July 1, 2017 the #11 bus will run from Tillicum Mall down Tillicum and straight to Gorge Road at the Tillicum/Gorge Road intersection.  It will not run through the Admirals/Tillicum/Gorge neigbourhood.

2. A Shuttle Bus will be operating from lower Tillicum Mall to Burnside, Right-Tillicum, Right-Obed, Left-Dysart, Right-Cowper, Left-Admirals to Left-Craigflower, Left-Tillicum back to Tillicum Mall at the approximate scheduled departure times in the Riders Guide.

3. Temporary bus stops on: Craigflower at Admirals and Craigflower at Tillicum (Gorge Golf Course) to connect with the #14 and #26.  Temporary stop at Tillicum at Gorge to get to the Gorge Picnic or connect with #8 or #11 to downtown.

For the official Rider's Alert, please visit BC Transit's website.