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Address: 1630 Store Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8T 4R4, Canada
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+1 800-909-4233
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09:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Come enjoy the ultimate Victoria Kayaking Experience with Ocean River...

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 Urban Kayak tours or Sunset Tour. We also offer an Oak Bay Shoreline Kayaking Tour as well as our unique Discovery Island Kayak or Nature Hiking Tour. 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.

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Victoria Harbour Sunset Kayak Tour

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Saturna Island Sunset Kayak

Wonderful evening paddle with Robert Bruce, guide at Saturna Island Kayak! Robert took me around the southwest side of the island, where he showed me beautiful sandstone... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2015
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 24 July 2015

Wonderful evening paddle with Robert Bruce, guide at Saturna Island Kayak! Robert took me around the southwest side of the island, where he showed me beautiful sandstone sculptures along the coastline. We took a swim and had a snack off a quiet isolated beach, and paddled back in a perfect sunset. Will definitely be back!

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Ocean River A, Adventure Centre Staff at Ocean River Sports, responded to this review

We appreciate your feedback! Sounds like you had a great time out there. Saturna is truly a hidden gem of the Southern Gulf Islands. We look forward to seeing you again. Adventure Centre staff More 

Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 11 July 2015

We went out in a group of 3 women and 3 teens on a cloudy rainy day. I expected to get a good technical lesson on using a SUP safely but we got so much more! it was a super fun and informative afternoon, rain be damned. Thanks to our instructor, Greg, we had a very custom session and traveled... More 

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Ocean River A, Adventure Centre Staff at Ocean River Sports, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback Mia. We will be sure to let Greg know you guys had great time! Hopefully get a chance to use your new SUP skills at ether our downtown or oak bay location in the near future. Adventure Centre Staff. More 

San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 9 July 2015 via mobile

Our trip was absolutely wonderful! Easy paddle with perfectly timed pacing for lunch, hike and just the right amount of paddling. The guides Rubin and Seth were fantastic. So sweet and truly love what they get to do. Nothing like a day paddling on the water around beautiful islands with almost no sign of human disturbance. We also got picked... More 

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Ocean River A, Adventure Centre Coordinator at Ocean River Sports, responded to this review

Hi CATague! Thanks so much for your review. Happy to hear you had a great time with Reuben and Seth! We would love to get you out on the water again next time you are in Victoria... perhaps on our Gulf Islands overnight trip! Regards, Amy Benskin Adventure Centre Coordinator Ocean River Sports Victoria, BC More 

Poole, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 July 2015

Fantastic day out on the full day tour with Reuben as our guide. Picked up from our hotel for a short journey to the boat dock with kayaks loaded on the boat to take a 20 minute trip to the islands to put in the water (meant we were immediately into the beautiful scenic areas). Reuben was a great guide... More 

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Ocean River A, Adventure Centre Staff at Ocean River Sports, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! Our Discovery island tour is a definite must do, and it sounds like it didn't disappoint. We'll let Reuben know had a great time. Hope to see you out there again sometime soon! Adventure Centre staff More 

Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
Reviewed 8 July 2015

Seth took us out for a beautiful paddle in Oak Bay. He was attentive to our different levels of experience and we had a great time. We hope to see a bit more of natural Vancouver Island next trip and perhaps less of Victoria.

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Ocean River A, Adventure Centre Coordinator at Ocean River Sports, responded to this review

Hi Andy, Great to hear that our Oak Bay shoreline tour was the “on-the-water highlight” of your trip to Victoria! We just opened our new Paddle Shack at the Oak Bay Marina this season and have had great feedback about it. If you are interested in more of the ‘natural’ side of Vancouver Island, may I recommend our Discovery Island... More 

Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 8 July 2015

My husband and I have some kayaking experience but wanted to improve our paddling and safety skills. The instructor was experienced and knowledgeable. He customized the lesson and gave us excellent feedback. It fun and productive and such a positive experience that we've signed up for the next level of lessons.

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Ocean River A, Adventure Centre Coordinator at Ocean River Sports, responded to this review

Hi Canadiancouple444, Thanks for your review. Great to hear you enjoyed your personal coaching session! Our private lessons are a great way to customize instruction to your own specific paddling goals. We look forward to having you back again for more! Warm regards, Amy Benskin Adventure Centre Coordinator Ocean River Sports Victoria, BC More 

Whitehorse, Canada
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 7 July 2015

Took the Discovery Island day kayaking trip with a few family members. This trip combines hours of kayaking around quiet islands with a lunch (provided) and short hiking tour of one island. Our guide (Ruben) was fantastic - sharing his knowledge of both kayaking and the ecology and history of the area. The kayaks were top-quality and the lunch provided... More 

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Ocean River A, Adventure Centre Coordinator at Ocean River Sports, responded to this review

Hi Katinthehat1, Sounds like you had a fantastic day out at Discovery Island; great to hear that you enjoyed both the kayaks and the lunch! Our Delta kayaks are very popular with guests; they are locally made, light, durable, and very comfortable . The folks at Kate’s Café at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel make our lunches; we’ve been getting... More 

Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 3 July 2015

I had the best time ever on the Discovery Island Kayak trip. great staff good lunch lots of fun. 10 out of 10 AMAZING.

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Ocean River A, Adventure Centre Coordinator at Ocean River Sports, responded to this review

Hi HipNoise, That’s exactly what we like to hear!! So glad you had a wonderful time on your Discovery Island tour. Hope to see you again soon! Warm regards, Amy Benskin Adventure Centre Coordinator Ocean River Sports Victoria, BC More 

Victoria
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 July 2015

Ocean River has just opened a satellite office at Oak Bay Marina with rentals and tours available. We have rented kayaks from Ocean River before but always downtown. Since we live in Oak Bay it is a real thrill to now have access to kayaks to explore the beautiful harbours around here. Since the waters around Oak Bay can vary... More 

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Ocean River A, Adventure Centre Coordinator at Ocean River Sports, responded to this review

Hi Smallaces, Thanks so much for your review! We are happy that so many locals have taken advantage of our new paddle shack at the Oak Bay Marina! We have single and double kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards, as well as a tandem Hobie, complete with optional sail and Amas (stability outriggers), all at the new location. The Oak Bay shoreline... More 

victoria
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 30 June 2015

Ocean River is the place to buy kayak gear, get information, or book a tour. Great staff and very knowledgeable about local conditions. They have a dock right downtown for putting in your kayak if you are paddling around the Inner Harbour etc.

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Ocean River A, Adventure Centre Coordinator at Ocean River Sports, responded to this review

Hi Audrey, Thanks for your review. It sounds like you’ve been able to take advantage of many of the services we offer: not just rentals and tours, but also the retail store! Have you heard about our summer evening rentals? Kayaks and Paddleboards can be rented at a reduced rate from Monday to Friday from 5 to 8pm. Hope to... More 

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