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Ocean River Sports

497 reviews
Victoria, Canada
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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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12 reviews
Get a new perspective on Victoria’s beautiful, bustling harbor on a guided 3-hour kayak tour. Glide through the historic waterways in a state-of-the-art sea kayak, soaking up fantastic views of where Victoria’s stately skyline meets the harbor’s wild aquatic landscape. As you paddle, join the local traffic of seaplane, ferries and whale-watching boats, and keep an eye out for native wildlife like river otters and harbor seals.
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$60.12 per adult
19 reviews
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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$152.90 per adult
21 reviews
Oak Bay in Victoria boasts rugged coastal scenery and beautiful native wildlife, but to see the best of it you have to be on the water. On this tour, paddle through the waves by kayak with your guide, and enjoy sweeping views over Mt. Baker and the Gulf Islands. With all the necessary safety equipment included, spot eagles and seals in their natural habitat, and enjoy outdoor adventure in pretty Oak Bay.
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$60.70 per adult
3 reviews
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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$60.70 per adult
2 reviews
Watch the sun set over Victoria Harbour on a 3-hour, evening kayak trip in Victoria that includes a short paddling lesson and all kayak equipment. Watch for bald eagles, seals, and other wildlife as you follow an experienced kayak guide along the shoreline, passing the historic landmarks of downtown Victoria, Victoria’s shipyards, and the reversing falls under Tillicum Bridge. This small-group kayak tour is limited to six participants for individual attention from the guide.
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$60.08 per adult
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide was great. He was very knowledgable and very good with the kids (8, 10 & 12) Keot the facts interesting and even played a point game with them!!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank back40adventures
OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello back40adventures, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We love exposing paddlers of all ages to the beautiful west coast outdoors that we call home here. We hope to see you on the water again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great coaching session with Jo Nicolson. Instructor is attentive to particular needs and details and delivers instruction in an easy but thorough way. A pleasure to learn from.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank DLaskarin
OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi DLaskarin, We are so happy to hear you had a great coaching experience with us! Jo is so well versed on the water and a great part of our team. We hope to see you on the water again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went on a day trip from Saturna to tour around Cabbage and Tumbo Islands. The landscape was stunning and our guides Brian and Cedric were just wonderful - knowledgable, friendly, and passionate. Our four year old had an amazing time as well. Can't recommend this...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for you kind review. Cedric your guide is a wonderful member of our team and we ares so glad he made your trip memorable.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We kayaked in Saturna’s Lyall Harbour for 3 hours on a sunny Friday afternoon. Our guide Cedric was really knowledgeable and wafer to show us the flora and fauna of the intertidal zones. We had a great time and would definitely recommend this kayak tour...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks you for your review, certainly Saturna is a special place, and we are proud of our resident guide Cedric who is always a pleasure to be around.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our guides were friendly, very knowledgeable about the marine life and made this a very enjoyable day kayaking all around the island. Taken at a leisurely pace enabling us to really experience nature. Loved it.

Date of experience: August 2019
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OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so happy you enjoyed your tour with us, Discovery Island is a magical place and we are glad that had a chance to experience it with us.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of those activities that one kinda hesitates to do if a family member can’t swim (me), or has no experience in a kayak (all of us!). But Lee and Karen, with their chill approach and vast knowledge about the area made this...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Canucksontheloose, We sincerely appreciate the time you took to write this review of our Oak Bay Shoreline Tour. Lee and Karen are truly passionate about kayaking and think of everything to make our guests' experiences quite unforgettable. We are glad you were able to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tour was absolutly great. Our guide Paul was very knowledgeable, knew the area very well (animals, currents, winds etc!) He also was being very respectful of the animals and explained the rules we had to respect in order to limit our effect on wild...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Nathalie, Alain and JP Thank you for sharing in detail your experience with Paul who was able to show you around Oak Bay and the wildlife that can be seen there. Paul is very knowledgeable about that area and we are so glad to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I tried the basic kayak skills course at Thetis Lake. This all day program was perfect for us to begin our journey in kayaking. We are both beginners and this course gave us the skills necessary to enjoy this sport with confidence....More

Date of experience: July 2019
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OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Dfedrau, We love to hear that you and your wife gained significant confidence from the Basic Skills Course with Lee and Lee. We are very lucky to have them on our team, instructing for us and giving people unforgettable experiences. It sounds like you...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The “Lees” were incredible instructors/coaches and made the full day course on Thetis Lake so much fun. I learned technique and safety skills that built my confidence and ability as kayaker. It was an amazing day and I will most definitely do another course. Hopefully,...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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OceanRiverAdventures, Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Stephanie, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Both of the "Lees" are fantastic instructors with many years of experience between them. We are always excited to hear that you are interested in continuing to explore your sea kayaking abilities through...More

Reviewed July 17, 2019

Five of us took an evening harbour tour. All of us were "novice" level and the guide managed appropriately to our experience and aspirations. "Lee" the guide was highly engaging, informative and patient. We had a solid orientation and a scenic +2 hours in the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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OceanRiverAdventures, Adventure Centre at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2019

Hi mbres911, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! Glad we were able to successfully get you out there to enjoy the Victoria Harbour and all the natural beauty and creatures it has to offer! Lee is a super knowledgeable and valued member...More

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