The reversing falls was a tidal phenomenon located at the narrowest point in the Gorge Waterway. During certain tides large volumes of water attempt to flow through a narrow, shallow opening, creating a “reversing falls” with a current of up to 6 knots (11 kilometers per hour/6.5 miles per hour) and up to 5.75 feet (1.75 meters) difference in the water level on either side. The rocks that caused the tidal phenomen were removed in the 20th century.
The Gorge swimming area once had diving towers and was the site of several competitions.
Recreational boating such as kayaking, canoeing and rowing is practiced in the Gorge, with rowing limited to the lower portion. Many of the historical industrial sites in the Selkirk Water of the lower Gorge have been replaced with residential housing, except for a scrap metal recycling operation. The Selkirk train trestle has been converted to a pedestrian and cycle bridge that forms part of the highly used Galloping Goose multi-use trail.
The Selkirk waterfront is located at the north end of the trestle and was once a working sawmill, one of many along this body of water. Today is is home to the Victoria Rowing Club as well as a newly-developed residential areas with office buildings, restaurants, businesses and a school.
Project manager and researcher: Helen Edwards
Principal Photography & Consultant: Ron Bukta, West Ventures Photography