ORS Coordinates: 48° 25′ 50.6″, 123° 22′ 11.4″
Mon 9:30am 5:00pm
Tue 9:30am 5:00pm
Wed 9:30am 5:00pm
Thu 9:30am 5:00pm
Fri 9:30am 5:00pm
Sat 9:30am 5:00pm
Sun 9:30am 5:00pm
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Ocean River Sports & Adventures

Located in Victoria, British Columbia on beautiful Vancouver Island, Ocean River is one of the premier speciality kayak and adventure companies in North America. Brian Henry, the founder & current owner, has been running Ocean River since 1981, and Ocean River continues to be recognised as one of the most significant outdoor/paddlesports outfitter & tours provider in North America.

With over 30 years in the business, Ocean River includes an outstanding retail store, kayaking school, and offers half, full and multi-day tours as well as rentals.
Our unique location just north of the Johnson St. Bridge allows us the opportunity to kayak from our own docks and explore the wondrous Victoria Inner Harbour. If it’s windy or marine traffic is too busy, the upper harbour & the Gorge Waterway are also excellent destinations.
For off-the-beaten-track travellers, we also have locations at Oak Bay and Saturna Island where we offer tours, courses and rentals.
We have maintained a 5-star TripAdvisor Rating and Certificate of Excellence since 2015.

Professionally Trained Kayak Guides

Ocean River Adventures employs Paddle Canada/Sea Kayak Guide Alliance of British Columbia trained instructors and guides in order to give you the safest and highest quality tours possible. Our responsible tourism policy acts as a guideline to ourselves, our crew and our clients in dictating how we behave in regards to the environment, our social responsibility and our economic health.
To learn more about each of the Ocean River paddling instructors and kayak guides we have created a Kayak Guide/Instructor biography section on our website just for those details.
We have also created a Kayak Guide Certification page that explains what each guide certification means and why these national/local certifications are important for both safety and easy learning.
Ocean River is a proud founding sponsor of the Salish Sea Marine Trail.
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We're located in Downtown Victoria, Oak Bay, and Saturna Island.
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Paddling Magazine Article – Kayaking in Victoria BC


We get a lovely mention in a great article by Virginia Marshall on Paddling Magazine’s site here.

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