Ocean River locations

Located in Victoria, British Columbia on beautiful Vancouver Island, Ocean River is one of the premier specialty 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 recognized as one of the most significant outdoor/paddlesports outfitter & tours provider in North America.

Head Office/Store

1630 Store St, Victoria, BC V8W 1V3

Ph: 250.381.4233250.381.4233
Em: mail@oceanriver.com

Daily 11:00am – 5.00pm

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Downtown Kayak Shack

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1630 Store St, Victoria, BC V8W 1V3

Rental Hours: We are opening May 23 following strict WorkSafe BC Covid-19 social distancing regulations. Reservations required, maximum 4 participants per time-slot.

Ph: 250.381.4233250.381.4233
Email: adventure@oceanriver.com

You can paddle down and explore the inner Harbour or explore up the protected waters of the Gorge Waterway. Both options are equally exciting and beginner-friendly. Maximum group size is 4 participants.

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Oak Bay Kayak Shack

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1325 Beach Drive Victoria, BC

Rental Hours: We will be opening June 1. Reservations are required for either a 9:30am or 1:00pm start. Rentals are for a 3 hour timeslot. 

Ph: 250.381.4233250.381.4233
Email: adventure@oceanriver.com

Looking for something a little more exposed and rugged? The coastline along Oak Bay is breathtaking and teeming with wildlife for you to view. Please note that rentals are subject to wind and we have the right to cancel rentals at any time.

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Saturna Island Kayak Shack

Lyall Harbour, right near the Ferry Terminal.

Rental Hours: We are closed due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. Please check back later.

Ph: 1.800.909.42331.800.909.4233
Email: adventure@oceanriver.com

Daily – Closed.

A real adventure hot spot located in the heart of the Southern Gulf Islands, our Saturna Island Kayak Shack gives you access to a whole other world that feels far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. Please note that rentals are subject to wind and we have the right to cancel rentals at any time.

Downtown Victoria

Main Location – Victoria, BC

1630 Store Street, the base of China Town

Located in Victoria, British Columbia, on beautiful Vancouver Island, Ocean River is one of the premier specialty kayak and adventure companies in North America.
Our unique location just north of the Johnson St. Bridge allows us the opportunity to kayak from our own docks and explore Victoria’s wondrous Inner Harbour or if it’s windy and marine traffic to busy, the Upper Harbour and the Gorge Waterway.
Photo of Ocean River Sports storefront at 1630 Store St in Victoria BC

Sections Of Victoria’s Harbour

Depending on your perspective, the harbour area surrounding Victoria BC can be broken down into the following areas:

Outer Harbour

  • Victoria’s Cruise Ship Terminal: All the massive ships dock here for loading and unloading of passengers.

Middle Harbour

  • Canadian Coast Guard Station: The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) maintains a number of major bases and operating stations on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, as well as in the St. Lawrence River, Great Lakes and major navigable inland waterways.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf: This unique marine destination offers food kiosks, unique shops and eco-tour adventures in the heart of the working harbour. There’s an official website @ fishermanswharfvictoria.com

Inner Harbour

This is a very busy part of the harbour during the day. This area extends northeast to the Johnson Street Bridge where you will find:

  • BC Legislative Building
  • Fairmont Empress
  • Delta Ocean Point Resort
  • Coho and Clipper ferry terminals
  • Whale Watching boats
  • Harbour Ferries
  • Seaplane Docks

Upper (Working) Harbour

The upper harbour extends north from the Johnson Street Bridge to the Point Ellice Bridge (also known as the Bay Street Bridge). This is Victoria’s working harbour and is home to a variety of commercial businesses including:

  • Point Hope Shipyards
  • Victoria Harbour Ferry
  • Capital Iron

Ocean River operates from this area allowing us to kayak the best of all worlds.

Selkirk Waterway

This area extends northwest from the Point Ellice Bridge to Chapman Point. The Galloping Goose Regional Trail traverses Selkirk Water on a bridge known as the Selkirk Trestle.

Point Ellice House, a National Historic Site overlooks this waterway and is both a museum and a refuge. It holds one of North America’s largest collections of Victoriana. The gardens contain some of the original heritage roses and hollyhocks from the late 1800`s. Tour the house and stay for afternoon tea on the lawn. Selkirk Waterfront is an emerging contemporary mixed-use community that truly delivers the best of all worlds where retail, commercial, residential and public interests work together in a unique urban setting,

Gorge Waterway

Home to the Gorge Waterway Discovery Centre and the Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club. The GO Rowing and Paddling Club are also located along the Gorge waterway with its shoreline parks and residential housing creating a relaxing environment.

The Gorge has a rich history as an important spiritual place and fishing area for First Nations, and a fishing, bathing and recreational area for early Victoria residents.

Tillicum Narrows is located on the Gorge and is the site of the only reversing rapids in western Canada. Reversing rapids are caused by the narrow 45 foot wide pinch point at Tillicum Narrows where a large amount of water is forced through the narrow passage.

Oak Bay Paddle Shack

East Victoria-Oak Bay Marina Location

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Located in Oak Bay, British Columbia Canada on beautiful Vancouver Island, the Oak Bay Paddle Shack is an easy way to get direct access to Kayak rentals and tours in Oak Bay.

Our paddle shack is down the main ramp at the Oak Bay Marina and to the left.

oak bay paddle shack Ocean River’s Oak Bay location

 Kayak Rentals In Oak Bay

Depending on your perspective, the Oak Bay area has multiple interest points for kayak and canoe tours:

Willows Beach

  • Birding: Ducks and Gulls frequent the beach area but we also have bald eagles, great blue heron, and various jays.
  • Seals: Harbour seals live around the marina and are often found mooching snacks from the fish cleaning stations.

Cattle Point

  • Darkness: Designated as an Urban Star Park in 2013, this area is a great place to view the stars at night.

Phone: 250-381-4233

Saturna Kayak Shack

Saturna Island – Gulf Islands Location

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Experience the beauty of the Southern Gulf Islands by kayak, at our Saturna Island Outpost!
Departing from Boot Cove, tours often paddle past majestic sandstone rock galleries, and might see nesting sea birds, soaring eagles, or seals resting on rocky outcrops.
Tours depart within walking distance from the ferry and are timed appropriately for day-travellers coming from Vancouver Island.

We offer a full-day tour to Cabbage Island, the jewel of the Gulf Islands as well as a 5-day Gulf Island Adventure package which includes kayaking, hiking, e-biking, a visit to a winery and much much more!

Kayak Rentals On Saturna Island

Saturna Island has multiple incredible areas to explore for kayak and canoe tours:

King Islets

  • Wildlife: Enthusiasts will find a variety of Ducks and Gulls frequent the beach area but we also have bald eagles, great blue heron, and various jays.
  • Botany: Saturna Island is home to abundant variety of rare wild-flowers and plants.

Veruna Bay

  • Rest Areas: The sandy beaches in this bay are great for a swim & rest.
  • Learn: Going for an interpretive walk at Saturna Beach can be a great experience.

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