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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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed August 27, 2018

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Reviewed August 23, 2018

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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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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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