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 instructional & tours provider in North America.
Giving Back to the Community
At Ocean River we believe we are only as strong as the community we live in. We are dedicated to building strong community partnerships and enhancing economic sustainability in Victoria and all the regions we work in. The company uses local businesses and suppliers whenever possible, donates to support local charity fundraisers, and community initiatives, especially school & youth groups. Environmental protection, social responsibility and economic health (people, planet, and profit) describe the triple bottom line and the goal of responsible sustainable tourism that forms our success.
We follow a strict policy for responsible tourism that ensures we’re preserving the natural landscape/ecology for future generations.
Over the past 30 years, we have also supported a number of local programs, charities and initiatives, including ongoing support for the Victoria Youth Paddling Club (VYPC), the Boys and Girls Club in Victoria, YW-YMCA Camp Thunderbird and the Save Victoria Harbour initiative.
Brian Henry (the big kahuna) has been and still is a very strong supporter of Community Involvement where he lives and where his companies Ocean River Sports and Ocean River Adventures operate and by the method of which they are run.
Being the outdoor enthusiast that he is, from a very early age he was the leader in organizing activities for his friends and that is what makes him, his company and his employees the best in the industry with a motto of “getting you out there”. He was a founding member and still is a member of the Sea Kayak Guide Alliance BC, a non-profit society which upholds high standards for professional sea kayak guides and operators in BC and an organization that he asks all his guides to join. He also presently sits on the Board of Directors of Tourism Victoria representing the ecotourism sector and their representative on the the Victoria Esquimalt Harbour Society. Brian is also a founding member of Shop Local a non-profit society with the goal to promote locally-owned and independent businesses in Victoria, B.C. as well as president of the Celebrate Victoria Harbour Society.
Ocean River is also a member of the Victoria Esquimalt Harbour Society, Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Victoria Business Association, Sport Host Victoria, and more!