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Russell Henry Expedition Kayaker

Kayaking with Russell Henry

How well do you know Russell Henry? You may know Russell Henry as Brian Henry’s son. You may know him from school or from paddling with him. You may even know Russell from an article written about one of his many expedition kayaking adventures. One thing is for sure, if you have met Russell you know how passionate he is about the outdoors and adventure, […]

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How to Plan a Whitewater Kayaking Trip

By Graham Litman Being prepared BEFORE you go on a whitewater kayaking trip As someone who grew up on Vancouver Island I was always interested in learning to paddle rivers but never knew how to get into the sport. For a place with so many quality runs, whitewater kayaking is a surprisingly underground sport on Vancouver Island. Hopefully this post will make the learning curve […]

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Ocean River Photo Contest Winners

The top three photos from the 2017 Ocean River photo contest It was extremely difficult to choose winners for this photo contest as there were so many amazing images sent in. We had photos of wildlife, photos of people in kayaks, photos of people on paddleboards and even shots of kayaks abandoned on beaches. After much thought, we finally settled on the three photos we just […]

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The Salish Sea Marine Trail needs the public’s help

Trans Canada Trail (TCT) and BC Marine Trails Network Association have come up with the perfect recipe for connecting Vancouver Island and the rest of Canada by trail: the Salish Sea Maine Trail.   The Salish Sea Marine Trail will be a blueway – a saltwater route designed for paddlecraft and small beachable boats – that will connect The Great Trail (the new name for […]

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Ocean River 2017 photo contest

Ocean River needs the image of the year! Submit to our Photo Contest. As 2017 draws near we at Ocean River are looking ahead and planning. We are planning events and promotions, content and contests and we are planning our brochures and images. This is why we have decided to have a photo contest. To make our brochures the best they can be we want […]

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Ocean River New Store: 1630 Store Street

Ocean River opened the doors to the new store on November 4, 2016 This new store allows us to showcase a more contemporary look of a well-known and long time Victoria business. The interior features refurbished wood features, industrial pipe fixtures, movable clothing racks, exposed brick walls and a custom chart table area that is to die for. What all this means is it looks […]

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The impact of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline on the Salish Sea and Ocean River

Ocean River’s ownership and staff value our amazing environment and waterways and wish to keep them beautiful and wild. After the announcement the other day, that Trudeau’s Liberal government has approved the Kinder Morgan expansion project, tempers are flaring and the opposition is fighting back against the approval and apparent lack of precaution taken. We at Ocean River would like to voice our opinion on […]

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Top Gift ideas for the Paddler

Don’t know what to get the paddler on your list for Christmas? We can help with that. Whether you are looking to get that one perfect large ticket item or fill a stocking with goodies we have the low down on what the paddler in your life is dreaming about for Christmas. Hint: it’s not sugarplums. Big item list 1) A new paddle It’s always […]

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Squid skin on frame Kayak Kit

Ocean River is proud to announce a very exciting new product into the store: Skin on Frame Kayak Kits by Made Kayaks on Gabriola Island. The model currently being carried in the store is called the Squid and is the perfect kayak for a youth paddler or a paddler under 5feet and 110lb. The kayak itself is 12 feet long and 23lbs/10kg. The great thing […]

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Tourism Industry Association of Canada Awards

Ocean River goes to Quebec to attend the Tourism Industry Association of Canada Awards as a finalist November 30, 2016 – Ocean River’s owner Brian Henry attended the annual Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) awards night on Wednesday. Ocean River was a finalist towards the Hilton Worldwide Small or Medium Business of the Year award, along with two other Canadian based tourism business’. The winner […]

Victoria Dragon Boating Festival 2016

Dragon Boating in Victoria

The tradition of team paddling a Dragon Boat across the finish line makes its way to the Victoria Harbour The scene of downtown Victoria was transformed last weekend into one of long boats propelling forward into the Victoria Harbour like Viking ships charging into battle. If you were lucky enough to make it out to the Victoria Dragon Boating Festival this past weekend you are […]