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The Salish Sea Marine Trail needs the public’s help

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

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…
Build Your Own Kayak with a Kayak Kit

Build Your Own Kayak with a Kayak Kit

Building Your Own Kayak has suddenly become easy with Kayak Kits from ‘Made Kayaks’ What is included and what are they? The Kayak Kits from Made Kayaks allow you to build your own high-quality kayak without hassle or guesswork. All the wooden Frame parts are included and pre-cut from high-end sustainable Baltic Birch plywood. Ballistic Nylon Skin and Polyurethane coating from the Skin Boat Store, the…
Tourism Industry Association of Canada Awards

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

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. …
5 Facts About Bald Eagles

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…
Rudders or Skegs?  Which Way to Turn?

Rudders or Skegs? Which Way to Turn?

The Rudder Versus Skeg Debate, Is One System Better? There has always been a debate surrounding rudders versus skegs, which is better?  Purests 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…
Do You Really Need a GPS?

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…
Kayaking for Fitness

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…
The Victoria Waterways Loop

The Victoria Waterways Loop

The Victoria Waterways Loop The Galloping Goose trail and the more recent E&N Trail are well known to bicyclists and pedestrians as a way to make a complete circle route from downtown Victoria to the 6 Mile Pub area and back again. However, there is also a water route that also allows you to travel a complete circle from the inner harbour and back again.…
Paddling With Warm Hands

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’s because of  varying conditions when paddling that you will probably end up owning a couple or even several pairs of hand wear. Besides…
Whiffen Spit to Cabin Point, East Sooke Park, Paddle Route

Whiffen Spit to Cabin Point, East Sooke Park, Paddle Route

Whiffen Spit to Cabin Point in East Sooke Park This pleasant day trip is an excellent opportunity to experience what it is like to paddle the exposed west coast without having to drive for hours and plan overnighters. You can explore an exposed a rocky coastline and windswept cliffs with a background of rain forest interspersed with dry hill tops and scrubby pines shaped by…
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Planning a Kayaking Trip to Discovery Island

Paddling to Discovery Island is on the top of a lot of paddlers lists. It is a beautiful escape from ...