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“Excellent experience ”
Review of Victoria Kayak

Victoria Kayak
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Regardless if this is your first kayaking adventure or if you are perpetually wet behind the ears, our kayak tours and rentals are a great way to see Victoria and the local marine wildlife from a unique vantage point. Located in the heart of historic Victoria Harbour, Victoria Kayak is just steps away from the Empress Hotel, Royal BC Museum and the BC Legislature in downtown Victoria. There’s no better way to kick off a stay in Victoria than with a kayak adventure!
Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

The energetic staff make this a good experience for all levels of paddlers. The equipment is well maintained. The route, equipment and basic technique were all explained. Water and snacks were provided, as were lots of breaks with explanations of local scenery and features.

Thank Peggy M
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VictoriaKayakTours, Owner at Victoria Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2018

Thank you for the review, Peggy. We love our job and try our hardest to help you love paddling, too. Good equipment, great instruction, informative stories and hilarious jokes are all part of our tour package. Oh, and snacks!

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Reviewed June 22, 2018

The staff here are lovely, they greet you like old friends. The process to get a group ready is done in a relaxed yet efficient style with loads of encouragement for newbie paddlers.
The escorted tour along the Gorge is great! Lots to see and our guide Emma, pointed out many interesting things. She had some good stories and combined a commentary with a steady paddling pace that accommodated the whole groups ability (5 people in 4 kayaks). They offer a range of options and provide water and a snack bar. The "office' is really bright and welcoming AND its right next door to a great fish & chip place (Redfish/Bluefish) to refuel after a lovely afternoon on the water! Perfect afternoon, thanks guys :)

Thank foodfan1956
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VictoriaKayakTours, Owner at Victoria Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2018

Thanks! We try to treat others as we wish to be treated - fun, friendly and efficient. Once everyone is on the water we have stories, information, paddling tips and even snacks that we like to share. And yes, we are right next to Red Fish Blue Fish - yum!

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Reviewed June 17, 2018 via mobile

As a solo traveler I was completely unprepared to kayak during my trip. Not only did they give me a place to store my purse, which was way too big, I was given a hat to wear and sunscreen! That is above and beyond. The tour itself was very fun. I enjoyed chatting about all of the new development happening around Victoria and some of the history with the Harbour. I had a wonderful time! Thank you Jo!

Thank Gina T
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VictoriaKayakTours, Owner at Victoria Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2018

Thanks Gina. I’m really glad you had such a good time. We try our best to think of everything so that if you haven’t planned to go kayaking we can still make it happen for you. We have sunscreen, hats, even a few sunglasses, and paddling gloves for you to borrow. On our tours we provide snacks and we have water bottles if you forget yours. Heck, you can even buy one of our t-shirts if you need a change of clothes.

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Reviewed June 14, 2018

Other kayak companies required at least 2 people for a harbour tour, which is difficult as solo traveler on a pretty cold day. At Victoria Kayak, I was the only one, and we still went out and discovered the harbour. Thank you for this experience.

Thank Naomi G
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VictoriaKayakTours, Owner at Victoria Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2018

You are welcome, Naomi! We get a lot of solo travelers and we welcome the opportunity to show them the sights. We love an excuse to get on the water even if it is with one paddler at a time. Our guides cherish the intimacy of one on one tours.

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Reviewed May 28, 2018

My wife, Jan and daughter Jasper and I did a kayak tour. It was very, very positive. First off- the weather was terrific, so thanks for arranging that. Our host Emma was over the top friendly and knowledgeable and that gave us great comfort from the start. As newbies that have never set foot into a kayak we wanted a sheltered, pleasant couple hours. It was perfect. The length, the location - ideal. The equipment was clean, comfortable and modern and that also gave us confidence. In short it was what we hoped for and then some. We weren’t sold anything extra (enjoyed the water, snacks!), we were treated with respect. Emma was professional and friendly. A great ambassador. Thanks very much. As we live in Vic we will certainly keep our experience in mind for visitors and will be quick to recommend it.

Thank KevinFromVic
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VictoriaKayakTours, Owner at Victoria Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review.

Oh, the weather? Yeah, we planned that.

We hire our guides for their personalities (and kayaking ability) and we got extra with Emma. We have been trying to figure out how to bottle it for years - luckily it’s contagious.

We love first time kayakers. It is so exciting for us to help people discover a new sport. Our tour routes are unique as they can be tailored to beginners and offer adventure to seasoned paddlers as well.

So glad you are locals. We find kayaking is a great way to get away from/with your guests when they come to visit. Also, if you want to kayak more but don’t want to buy a kayak and store it, we have Persistant Paddler Passes for rentals. You purchase 10 hours of paddling for the price of 8.

Thanks for the recommendation!

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