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About Ocean River Sports
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 Sunset Tours. We also offer an Oak Bay Shoreline Kayaking Tour as well as our unique Discovery Island Kayak Tour, recognised 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.
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Victoria Harbour Kayak Tour

Mingle sightseeing with a foray into nature—and enjoy a perspective on Victoria that many visitors miss—with this beginner-friendly kayaking tour of Victoria Harbour. In the afternoon, make your own way to the meeting point in downtown Victoria, and get acquainted with your gear. After a training session, head out onto the water. Look out for wildlife like eagles, cormorants, and seals as you admire the British Columbia Parliament Buildings, the Fairmont Empress hotel, and more.
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3 hours
from $66.65

Discovery Island Kayak Tour

Discovery Island and its surrounding archipelago lies just off the coast of Victoria, but the rocky coastline makes it hard to reach. On this tour, explore the marine scenery by kayak and admire panoramic views over the Olympic Mountains. With all the necessary safety equipment included, spot native eagles, seals, and other wildlife, and embrace Canada’s great outdoors just moments from downtown Victoria.
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6 hours 30 minutes
from $187.40

Victoria Harbour Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

Discover the craze of SUP and enjoy fine views over Victoria’s famous skyline on this 3-hour Victoria Harbour stand-up paddleboard tour. Explore the channels of Victoria Harbour, where ferries, seaplanes, whale-watching boats and fishing vessels come and go daily. Delve into the Inner Harbour and the Gorge Waterway with your guide. Watch the waves for native otters and seals, and keep your eyes on the skies for soaring eagles and cormorants. Admire local attractions including the Fairmont Empress Hotel, the BC Parliament Buildings and Tillicum Bridge from the water.
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3 hours
from $64.54
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Hannah W wrote a review Jan 18
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Had a super nice time kayaking the harbour. Very pretty and the instructions were good. Friendly staff!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Kara wrote a review Nov 2020
Nanaimo, Canada11 contributions
Did the "rough water and tidal paddling" kayak course with Gordon Brown a few weeks ago and it was by far the most informative and confidence building course I have completed to date. I went out there with a lot of different fears in those conditions and I left that day feeling capable and with a whole new appreciation for kayaking. Highly recommend. Thanks Gordon!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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rocdok wrote a review Oct 2020
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Rented a Delta 17.5t at the Oak Bay Marina paddle shack- Simon and Westley were awesome to deal with- super experience. Highly recommended thanks...
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports
Responded Oct 25, 2020
Thanks for your review! The paddle shack team is awesome and one can't help but have a great time there.
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Mariaye V wrote a review Oct 2020
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Great service. Guide didn't waste time. He got us on the water right away. Very enjoyable experience. Equiptment was in great shape. Hope to be back for more in the spring! The Gorge is a very safe waterway. Lovely to paddle down. You do have to pay attention for wildlife and other boaters, but if you go in the morning or evening its usually calm and private.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports
Responded Oct 7, 2020
Thanks you for you comments, we look forward to seeing you next season.
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grauer2017 wrote a review Sep 2020
Victoria, Canada2 contributions
We recently completed Sea Kayak Level 1 with Ocean River and Gordon Brown. Absolutely the best instruction we have received in to date. Gord's extensive knowledge and experience leaves you feeling confident. I especially like his approach to teaching skills that you think you knew - be ready for learning, laughs and stories! Kudos also to the entire team at OR - very welcoming and accommodating! We look forward to Level 2 and have already recommended Level 1 for spring 2021 to others.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports
Responded Sep 30, 2020
We are so happy that you enjoyed yourself and gained more confidence your paddling, see you for your Level 2.
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