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“Fantastic Day Trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ocean River Adventures

Ocean River Adventures
1824 Store Street, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (Downtown)
1 (800) 909-4233
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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 kayaking adventure company.
Calgary, Canada
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“Fantastic Day Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Coming to Victoria my wife and I were excited about getting out on the water. Having done kayaking in lakes and some rivers we both felt it might be a good idea to have our first time on the ocean be through a guided tour. We were not disappointing. The crew was amazing, and Santiago and Matt were great guides and very knowledgeable about the marine life terrain.

Doing the six hour tour was a good call as anything shorter would probably not give you as much bang for your buck. Which brings me to my only issue with the tour in general. The cost is a bit on the high side considering that we only actually kayaked for around 3 hours.

Visited August 2013
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OceanRiverAdventures, Guest Relations Manager at Ocean River Adventures, responded to this review, September 1, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience with the Discovery Island Tour. It sounds like you had a great time on the water and an awesome first experience with sea kayaking!

Our price may seem a touch high for this program, but there are many costs associated with running the tour that we must take into consideration. We have brought it as low as possible and offer seat sales when possible to make it as accessible as we can. I hope you found the experience worth the cost nonetheless.

Thank you so much for the review and we hope to see you out on the water again soon!

Marcie
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“Amazing Kayak Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

My 14 yr old son and I had an fantastic time kayaking with Ocean River Adventures! Santiago and Jennaka were our awesome guides. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Discovery Island was beautiful! Lots of wildlife to see and learn about. This was my first time kayaking and was nervous about tipping the kayak - worries were put to ease right away, it was easy and the kayaks were very stable. Highly recommend!!

Visited August 2013
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OceanRiverAdventures, Guest Relations Manager at Ocean River Adventures, responded to this review, September 1, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review of the Discovery Island Tour! It sounds like you and your son had a great time. I am glad your fears about the 'tippiness' of the boats was put to rest quickly. We very carefully selected the style of kayak for this tour, settling on the Delta Kayaks because of their extreme stability. They are also highly maneuverable and great for both beginner and more experienced paddlers.

Thank you for coming out with us - We hope to see you out on the water again soon!

Marcie
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“Great time on the Victoria Urban Kayak Tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

My husband and I had a fantastic time on this kayaking tour. We were a bit disapoitned that we were unable to make it into the main city harbour but I believe it was due to the traffic in the waterway and the high winds. The staff were extremely friendly and made us feel comfortable right away. Our guides (sorry guys, can't remember the specific names) were great at balancing the tour between us (some experience with kayaks) and the family of 5 (less experience) that were also a part of our group. It was a relatively easy ride, although the winds were strong at times so it was a bit of an upper body work out. Overall, it was a fun way to spend a morning in Victoria, and see the sights.

Visited July 2013
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“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

My family and I took the Kayak tour around Discovery Island and loved it!!! The paddle itself is very family friendly and my 12-year old daughter was totally comfortable handling a solo kayak. The scenery, wildlife (lots of seals!) and overall experience will live with us for along time. Our guide Matt was friendly and knowledgeable and even the lunch we had on the island was tasty!
If you really want to explore the waters around Victoria, BC, this is the best way to do it!

Visited August 2013
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“Discovery Island adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Santiago and Jordy were excellent guides. We were a party of 6 including 2 kids, 8 & 11 and the guides were entertaining, patient, thorough, and very knowledgeable. All of the equipment was in good shape and the lunch sandwiches were delicious. The itinerary was good including a stop at the Chain Islets to see birds and seals, and then a kayak trip with lunch and later a hike to the lighthouse. A great day on the water that appealed to everyone in our group.

Visited August 2013
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