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“Great first time out in a kayak!”
Review of Ocean River Sports

Ocean River Sports
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed August 22, 2018

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Reviewed August 22, 2018

We showed up at the Oak Bay location 15 minutes before opening because we were told they have a limited number of double kayaks and we didn't want to miss out. It turned out they were all taken by a group tour, which takes precedence over individuals. The guy there was super nice and let us have 4 singles for the same price as two doubles, so we were very satisfied. While we waited for the tour to get launched we watched the seals in the harbor, which was very cool!

We had a wonderful 2 hour kayaking experience and saw at least a dozen seals during our trip. The water was calm and we really enjoyed it. I wonder how a tour would have been different than what we did though.

We were coming back to Victoria the following week as a stop on our cruise ship and inquired about renting from the Victoria location. We were told they close at 8pm, so made plans to kayak again when we returned. After getting off the ship and then walking all the way to the Victoria rental location, near China Town, they were closed when we got there! It was about 5:45pm which was well before closing time so we were confused and disappointed. To make matters worse, we had passed Victoria Kayak on the way to Ocean River, but didn't rent there because we wanted to be loyal to Ocean River. By the time we made it back to Victoria Kayak at 6:05 they wouldn't let us rent since it was after 6pm. We missed out and didn't get to kayak at all due to misplaced loyalty.

Thank Diana R
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OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Diana,

We are so glad to hear you had a great paddling experience with us out of Oak Bay with us. It is certainly a beautiful area with lots of places to explore. We pride ourselves on giving you the best experience we possibly can and it seems like you had that delivered at Oak Bay. Thank you for taking the time to leave this review! Sometimes we do close early downtown depending on circumstances such as weather or large pre-booked tours. On this given day, it was stated online but unfortunately it seems you may have missed that notice. If you would like to chat about your experience downtown that evening, please send us an email at adventure@oceanriver.com and we'd love to get in touch with you.

Kind regards,

The Ocean River Team

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Reviewed August 22, 2018 via mobile

Loved this peaceful kayaking tour out of Oak Bay marina! We were 4 adults who had never kayaked with 2 young teens who had. John, our guide, was a very good instructor with a laid back personality and sense of humour. I was worried that 3 hours would be a long time for a beginner but there was lots of stopping and explaining. He definitely went at our pace. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for an outdoor experience with some great scenery and some wildlife. We saw lots of seals. Everyone I dealt with on the phone for questions and booking were very polite and helpful. Thanks for a great morning!

Thank Charlene M
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OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello Charlene,

We are so glad you enjoyed your experience on the water with Jon and your whole experience with us was positive. You are certainly correct in saying that Jon has a "laid back personality and sense of humour" - we wholeheartedly agree with you. Oak Bay Marina is a great location, not too far from the downtown core of Victoria, that can feel at times miles away. Thank you for leaving a review with us and we hope that you will join us again!

Kind regards,

The Ocean River Team

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Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

My daughter and I had a fantastic time kayaking the harbour with a small family group from New York. We are from Lethbridge Alberta and it was our last night in Victoria. Shayla and Lee were our guides, and they were both so much fun, down to earth, knowledgable about the area, and made us feel like we fit right in, even though we were both new to kayaking. We saw seals, blue heron, picked blackberries and saw the new Johnson bridge light up as this was an evening excursion. I would highly recommend Ocean River Sports to anyone!

Thank Nikki B
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OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Nikki B,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review - we sincerely appreciate it! We are excited to hear that you had such a great, and diverse experience on the water with your daughter. Shayla and Lee are great guides and we are certainly happy to have them on our team. Thank you for recommending us - a little review like this goes a long way for us. Please come back any time you are in Victoria, and we would love to have you on the water again!

Kind regards,

The Ocean River Team

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Reviewed August 18, 2018

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