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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 […]

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5 Facts About Bald Eagles

By: Sophia Lynn Bald Eagles are frequent sights to see around Vancouver Island The West Coast offers some of the best natural ecosystems around for viewing wildlife and  their habitats. One of the most sought after animals for viewing in the area is the Bald Eagle. Many people know a little about bald eagles but there are a few little-known facts about them that will […]

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Circumnavigating Saturna Island by Paddle Board

Circumnavigating Saturna Island by Paddle Board By: Wesley Choban How an idea of circumnavigation became a reality: Saturna island, a paddlers paradise Arriving at the dock on the last ferry of the night I am greeted by two individuals expertly geared up for a paddle boarding expedition; little do I realize they will soon change everything I thought I knew about stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and […]

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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 […]

Top 5 Rivers Near Victoria

Top 5 Rivers Near Victoria by Graham Litman 5. Cowichan, Marie Canyon (Class 3, 1.5 hours) The Cowichan is the South Island’s bread and butter run. It’s fairly  free of major hazards, has fun play spots, and warm water (Cowichan supposedly means “the warm land” in Coast Salish). The Cowichan is runnable at almost 365 days of the year, due to a weir at Cowichan […]

The Victoria Mega Yacht Marina – Still not a done deal

  Still not a done deal.  That’s the mantra that paddlers, rowers and SUP boarders have to keep in mind when one reads the forward looking pronouncements from the people who want to block  the north side of the Victoria Harbour alongside the Songhees Walkway with large yachts.   For those who don’t paddle in Victoria Harbour, the proposed “Mega Yacht” Marina plans to build over […]

Paddling With Warm Hands

Hand Wear for Paddling   Every paddler has a different opinion of what constitutes the best way to keep your hands warm while paddling. Of course, a lot of the decision is based on the conditions you expect to be paddling in. It is because of the varying conditions when paddling that you will probably end up owning a couple or even several pairs of […]

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Kayak Camping Gear List

All the Kayak Camping Gear You Will Need and Some You Won’t Like everything, choosing what camping gear to take depends on a number of things, probably none of them as significant as personal preference.  What you will take and how much will also be determined by how long your trip is, where you are going and the carrying capacity of your kayak.  Kayaks, especially […]

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Kayaking Gear List

The Paddling Gear You Need to Have, the Paddling Gear You Should Have The following gear lists itemize the equipment you need to carry with you whenever you paddle and other items you should consider carrying depending on the route you have planned and the time you will be out.  For more detailed information on the basic gear you are required to carry see our […]

Choosing the Right Footwear for Paddling

The Right Footwear for Comfort & Function What to wear on your feet while paddling is going to depend a lot on the time of year and the weather conditions but you will find that every paddler has their own opinion about what is the “best” thing to wear on your feet. In fact every time I am on a kayaking trip, this is one […]

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Rudders or Skegs? Which Way to Turn?

The Rudder/Skeg Debate, Is One System Better? There has always been a debate surrounding rudders versus skegs, which is better. Purest would argue that a well-designed kayak with a competent paddler shouldn’t need a rudder or maybe even a skeg. This may be so, but it certainly doesn’t address all of the issues. Each side has had their proponents and detractors, but as time has […]

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Flares – Obsolete or Still a Good Idea?

Should You Carry Flares When Paddling? This question often comes up, do you need to carry flares with you, especially with many paddlers now carrying cell phones, VHF radios, PLB’s and satellite messengers? In fact, the Transport Canada Small Boating Regulations don’t require you to carry any kind of visual signaling device unless you are in a boat over 6m in length, (many double kayaks), […]

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The Uchuck – A Novel Way to Reach the Remote West Coast

One of my favourite Vancouver Island kayaking trips is from the tiny fishing village of Kyuquot, nestled in a protected harbour in Kyuquot Sound, down the coast to Friendly Cove (Yuquot) in Nootka Sound. What makes destinations like this so special is their remoteness and what makes this a truly unique and special trip is using the Uchuck III to access and depart the coast […]

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How to Choose the Right PFD

Lifejackets vs Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) First off lets eliminate the confusion between Lifejackets and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs). A true lifejacket is designed to turn an unconscious victim face up in the water. They have more buoyancy than a PFD, come in two sizes only and must be red, yellow or orange. They are bulkier and lack the comfort for long term recreational use. […]

Life Jackets and PFD’s, do you really need to wear them?

Life Jackets and PFD’s, do you really need to wear them? Transport Canada’s Small Vessel Regulations state that: “PFD’s must be comfortable and functional enough to be worn at all times. Highly visible, short models with pockets for distress flares, radio, and whistle are preferable”.  You should also be aware that the Transport Canada regulations also apply to stand up paddle boards, even when leashed.  […]

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Do You Really Need a GPS?

Do you really need to take a GPS on your paddling adventures? The simple answer is no, but there are some very compelling reasons why they can be a valuable asset. However, if you do decide to try one, don’t expect to be able to plug in your destination and happily follow the arrow and turn directions until you arrive. The small handheld units suitable […]

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Kayaking for Fitness

Kayaking for Fitness – A Surf Ski Clinic With Bob Putnam Kayaking for fitness has a dual benefit for those who are already kayaking at some level whether a recreational paddler, sea kayaker, kayak fisherman or whitewater kayaker. Not only will you improve your overall fitness level, but you will also improve and fine-tune your forward stroke, which will enable you to paddle further, faster […]