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Review of Ocean River Sports

Ocean River Sports
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$64.87*
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Victoria Harbour Kayak Tour
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$64.83*
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Victoria Harbour Sunset Kayak Tour
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$64.90*
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Victoria Harbour Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour
Ranked #3 of 110 Tours in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
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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 young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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!

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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.

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

We went as a group as an excursion with our work team. Totaling 14 people, on a hot sunny day, it couldn't have gone better. We did the 3 hour guided harbour tour with 3 guides (who were all fantastic). Everything was really organized and they gave us a quick briefing on the dock before we hit the water. They also taught us a very valuable lesson - the safety pumps can be used as water guns. Between the race around the buoy, water fights, the great rates, quality equipment, easy access location - right on the water and near restaurants for after - I really couldn't say enough nice things about these folks. Highly recommend for vacations or employers who want to do a fun team building activity!

Thank RedBrickm
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OceanRiverAdventures, Guest Relations Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review of your experience at Ocean River Adventures!

We love having groups in for staff events and can accommodate fairly large groups of paddlers for both kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. We don't usually share the secret of the pumps being excellent water guns - but what a blast we had with you guys!

Thank you so much for coming out with us - we look forward to seeing you on the water again!

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Discovery Island is a jewel in the very backyard of Southern Vancouver Island. We were privileged to have been shown it to us by Brian Henry (the founder and owner of Ocean River Sports) in the best possible way. Departing from the beautiful Oak Bay Beach Hotel on an amazing craft designed to get us to the island safely and with speed while carrying all the kayaks and gear. We quickly found ourselves in the water being expertly guided along the shoreline ... learning to make use of the back eddy. Lunch was delicious and the scenery breathtaking. As my new friend Tinker44 says ... it was wonderful to be in the company of other adventurers and lovers of nature. They made my day extra special.

Thank ResidentOrca
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OceanRiverAdventures, Guest Relations Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of your experiences with us at Ocean River Adventures! It sounds like you had a fantastic time paddling Discovery Island and were able to get some instruction as well! Brian is a blast to paddle with and you can't get anything much more beautiful than the Discovery and Chatham Islets this close to Victoria!

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

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Despite appearances that might suggest otherwise I now consider myself a natural born kayaker. I base this conclusion on the wonderful time I had paddling around Discovery Island with my new peeps Cat, Trevor, Richard and the ever so patient Brian. Loved every minute of it.

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OceanRiverAdventures, Guest Relations Manager at Ocean River Sports, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of your experiences with Ocean River Adventures! It sounds like you had a blast on our Discovery Island Tour and even made some new friends!

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

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