Ocean River Sports
Equipment Hire • Nature & Wildlife Tours • Stand Up Paddleboarding • Kayaking & Canoeing
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Come enjoy the ultimate Victoria Kayaking Experience with Ocean River Adventures. Located in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, kayaking is a great way to explore our historic city. Join us on one of our Harbour Kayak tours or SUP Tours. We also offer an Oak Bay Shoreline Kayaking Tour as well as our unique Discovery Island Kayak Tour, recognized as one of the top tours in Victoria. Offering expeditions, tours and courses throughout the Vancouver Island region, our guests will experience all the wild West Coast has to offer. Hands-on education about water and marine conservation is a key theme and we only employ certified guides that respect sensitive ecosystems and species while teaching about the importance of ocean sustainability, preservation and conservation. Victoria’s premier paddling and outdoor adventure company. Want to try something different? We are also a premium stand up paddle tour operator in the southern Vancouver Island and Victoria region.
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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2022

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Lindsay L
Edmonton, Canada1 contribution
Oct. 2022 • Friends
Ocean River Sports is always excellent! Everything is well-organized, equipment is clean and in good repair and the guides are always fantastic! We will continue to come back when we are in the area.
Written October 25, 2022
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OceanRiverAdventures
Hey Lindsay. Thanks for joining us for a late season tour. It was great to see you back. Fede enjoyed sharing our fantastic harbour tour with you both. Looking forward to seeing you both again soon
Written October 26, 2022
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tomshrub
Bath, UK4 contributions
Went on the discovery island kayak tour during our honeymoon in Victoria. In summary: had an absolutely brilliant time. First of all, you (group of 8ish) and the kayaks are taken out on the shuttle to Discovery Island so you are a little more remote than in the harbour. You are then taken on a walking tour of the island where you learn about the history of the island, take in some incredible scenery and view the local wildlife (seals, cormorants, bald eagles….). You have the opportunity to take a swim in the bay, then you are off on the kayaks around one side of the island. Two guides come with you, one is in the lead kayak and the other is in the shuttle boat observing at a distance and making sure you are safe. The kayaking is relatively gentle and I feel appropriate for beginners. The water was crystal clear and we loved being able to look down and see the kelp forests, crabs and harbour seals swimming beneath you.
The guides were brilliant, made the experience fun and made you feel safe. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who is looking for an adventure in Victoria that 99% of the other tours do not provide!
Written August 20, 2022
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OceanRiverAdventures
Thank you very much for your detailed review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your Adventure with us, it is our favourite place to take folks who want to explore the wilderness of the Victoria area.
Written August 21, 2022
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Rommel B
1 contribution
Aug. 2022
Beautiful weather. The water is ideal for learning how to kayak! The instructors Allison (Ali) and Jennaka are awesome !!!
Written August 14, 2022
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OceanRiverAdventures
We agree, our instructors are pretty great ;-) So glad you got so much out of the course, and that the weather was so cooperative that day! Perhaps we will see you for a Level 1 course some time in the future!
Written August 16, 2022
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Lynn G
Fort McMurray20 contributions
Jul. 2022
My husband and I did the Discovery Island Kayak tour in July 2022 and we had a great time. We had Lee and John as guides and we had an amazing time. They did all the heavy lifting with the kayaks, ensured the boats had all the safety requirements and gave us paddling tips.
We saw heron, seal, birds, and enjoyed stories about the wolf that used to live on the island and the history of the area.
The paddling itself was excellent, Lee paid close attention to tides and currents to make sure we didn't get into trouble.
I have done a lot of paddling around Victoria and can say this was my favorite trip
Written August 8, 2022
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OceanRiverAdventures
Thanks for the feedback and the awesome review. The Discovery Island Kayak Adventure (aka The DIsco Tour) is truly one of our favourites to share with our guests. Jon and I had a great day with you and hope you join us again for another adventure. Happy Paddling, Lee
Written August 9, 2022
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hollyljohnson
Ottawa, Canada6 contributions
Aug. 2022
I had a wonderful three hours of coaching with Lee in preparation for an upcoming wilderness kayaking trip. It was exactly what I needed to improve my strokes with the goal of avoiding blisters and fatigue, and to acquire the skills needed for exit and entry on a variety of docks and beaches. This intensive prep has given me confidence t know I can handle 5 days on the water. Thanks so much Lee!
Written August 4, 2022
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OceanRiverAdventures
Hey Holly, You are so welcome and I'm so glad I could help prepare you for your upcoming kayak adventure. We love getting people out on the water and to help build skills and confidence. Hope you have an amazing 5 day trip. Lee
Written August 9, 2022
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annjackson61
Severna Park, MD6 contributions
Jul. 2022
We had a wonderful day kayaking around and hiking on Discovery Island with John and Lee. After a short boat ride it felt like we were discovering an uninhabited island - scenic coves, harbor seals, eagles and wild flowers. The trip was expertly organized for fun and safety. The kayaking was a perfect challenge for us with some wind and currents to keep the paddling interesting. A special thanks to Lee who made it possible for us to join the already booked 4 person group.
Written July 19, 2022
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OceanRiverAdventures
We are so happy that you enjoyed this tour with Lee and Jon, it is our most favourite place to paddle in Victoria. It is awesome that you got to experience this area :)
Written July 20, 2022
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Gerard M
Toronto, Canada105 contributions
Jul. 2022 • Couples
Wonderful experience. We were a small group of varying kayaking experience. But were all able to enjoy the fabulous scenery and paddling. Big thanks to John our guide who made everyone feel comfortable and confident. His local knowledge and tales made the trip. A very big thank you.
Written July 15, 2022
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OceanRiverAdventures
We are so happy that you enjoyed the Discovery tour, it is such a wonderful place to kayak.
Written July 16, 2022
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Sara C
2 contributions
Great experience for kids teens and adults, beginners or advanced kayaker. We saw jelly fish, starfish and seals. Guides were very friendly, informative, and accommodating.
Written July 4, 2022
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blondoverblue63
Victoria, Canada101 contributions
Jun. 2022
Nine of us took a 4-hour kayak safety course with two guides in the Inner Harbor of Victoria last weekend. What a fantastic experience! The guides were professional, thorough, reassuring and excellent instructors. We all learned how to get out of the kayak if it flips, and a few ways to get back in. They were well-prepared for us with wet suits and equipment.
Written July 3, 2022
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JeffP
1 contribution
Jun. 2022 • Family
We joined the 3-hr Oak Bay Shoreline tour. It was the last day we stayed in Victoria. We wanted to find something different to do. We were lucky. Weather forecast was rainy but turned out it was a sunny and quiet day, and more luckily, it was very low tide. Our guide, Jenneka, is awesome and a nature enthusiast. She introduced the wildlife nearby Oak Bay. We saw sea stars, a lot of seals resting on an island, and big pink jellyfish. She also shared with us some tips for paddling. She took us to a beach and we had a short break there. We saw a few crabs and beautiful wild flowers. She is very kind too, lending one of her caps to my son. My son got blisters and Jenneka got a pair of gloves for him. She has everything taken care of, she also took a lot of good pictures of us. Highly recommended tour and guide !!
Written June 23, 2022
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