- Equipment List
- Waiver/Medical Forms
Join us for our new, 2-day overnight kayak tour to Discovery Island, just off Victoria’s shores!
Explore the nooks and crannies of this scenic island archipelago and check out the marine life on nearby islets. With the Olympic Mountains to the south and Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands to the east, there is always a vista that will take your breath away. Discovery Island features pristine kayaking on southern Vancouver Island. Our qualified guides will give you an experience to be remembered!
Please arrive to meet your guide at our ‘Oak Bay Paddle Shack‘ on the dock at Oak Bay Marina at 10:15 am. The Oak Bay Marina is located at 1327 Beach Drive. If you are driving, there is free parking in the Oak Bay Marina parking lot. If you are without a vehicle, for a fee transportation from downtown Victoria can be arranged during your booking.
Our ‘Paddle Shack’ is located on the docks, simply follow the signs through the marina entrance. Your tour will depart Oak Bay at 10:30 am & return to Oak Bay the following day at 3:30 pm.
The tour begins with the launch of our shore landing craft from the marina and a crossing to Discovery Island, where we will set up our campsite (itinerary may change due to weather conditions). Here, we’ll have the opportunity to kayak, walk, and relaxing. On the second day, we will pack up camp, then enjoy a wonderful paddle from our camp back to Oak Bay. During the trip, we are happy to help you improve your kayaking and outdoor skills. The incredible environment of the area is also an ideal classroom; we will take the opportunity to introduce you to the local natural and cultural history. There will also be plenty of the time to take photos or just relax on the beach. On the tour, it will be a group effort packing and unpacking the boats, carrying them to and from the beach, and setting up and breaking camp. The old adage ‘many hands make light work’ holds true as always, but there will also be lots of rest and relaxation time. If you’re handy around the kitchen, helping to chop a few vegetables in preparation for a meal is always appreciated. As well, pitching in to help out with cleanup after meals is greatly appreciated. We find that if everyone chips in a little with some of the chores, the tour is more enjoyable and eventful for all, as the guides have more time to do what they do best—guide! That means more time to explore and more time to take in the scenery. Ocean kayaking and camping are not without risk. Certain rules of sea kayaking and camping techniques must be agreed to and observed by all members of the tour to maximize the safety and enjoyment of all participants and minimize our impact on the ecosystem. We will discuss these rules, why they are necessary, and what contingency plans we would use in the event of an emergency. On the final day of your tour, expect to return to Oak Bay by approximately 3:30 pm. However, we caution you that due to unsafe weather conditions or other reasons, our return may be delayed. As such, please do not make tight connections or other time-sensitive travel plans for the evening of your return or the following day; rather, enjoy a relaxing evening and following day in Victoria or a nearby area. Consider buying cancellation and trip interruption insurance for your air tickets. We have had trip delays in past, and we cannot compromise group safety. Don’t forget to share your memories and photographs with us—we’d love to hear from you.
Meals: Ocean River Sports will provide the meals each day, beginning with lunch on the first day of your trip and finishing with lunch on the final day. Our meals are specially designed to be delicious, nutritious, and able to be transported with us in kayaks with minimal refrigeration. We will gladly try to accommodate any dietary requirements or allergies; just let us know in advance of the tour.
Full Itinerary – PDF: Itinerary for Discovery Island Overnight Kayak Camping Tour
Please read the following equipment list carefully, as it indicates what you will need to bring with you to help ensure you enjoy a comfortable tour.
Ocean River Sports stocks many of the items listed below. If you need advice or would like to purchase gear, please visit us or check out our online store!
• Sleeping bag: 3 season bag with synthetic insulation
• Sleeping pad
• Small flashlight or headlamp
• Small pillow case or small camp pillow
• Good book
• Small day pack
• Spare garbage bags and Ziploc bags to keep things dry and carry personal waste.
• *Folding camp chair
• *Games, such as Frisbee or cards
If you need to rent gear such as sleeping bags, or sleeping pads, we can help you make arrangements with a rental company, such as Sports Rent. There is a Sports Rent store conveniently located one block from Ocean River Sports. Their contact information is as follows:
Sports Rent #3 1950 Government Street Victoria, BC, Canada V8T 4N8
• Eyeglass retainer strap if you wear glasses
• Lip sunblock
• Small personal first-aid kit
• Personal medications your require
• *Waterproof or disposable camera
• *Moist towelettes
• *Insect repellent
• *Extra car keys in case you lose yours
• Comfortable outdoor pants and/or shorts, such as what you would wear for a light hike
• Long-sleeved, non-cotton shirt or long underwear top
• 2 Warm fleece pullover or Merino (wool) sweater to keep you warm in cooler weather
• Hat (preferably broad-brimmed)
• *Cycling-type gloves to help prevent blistering.
• *wool gloves inside dishwashing gloves, or buy neoprene gloves or pogies
• *Warm gloves (wool or fleece) to wear at lunch or after paddling
• Windbreaker (e.g., nylon jacket that can shed the wind)
• Rain jacket
• Footwear during paddling (sport sandals, running shoes, wetsuit booties, or reef shoes)
• Footwear for camp (trail running shoe, light hiking shoe, or rubber boots.
• 2 pairs of warm, wool socks
• Rain pants
• 1 pair of wind-resistant pants
• 1 pair of shorts
• 1 long underwear top
• 1 pairs of long underwear bottoms
• *Baseball cap
• *Bathing suit
Food and Water
• Water bottle (1L or more)
• *Personal snacks you just can’t do without
• Small towel
• Tampons/sanitary napkins for females
• Additional toiletries of your choice, such as deodorant, dental floss, and hand lotion
• Biodegradable soap to wash
• *Hand sanitizer
• Toilet paper in a waterproof plastic bag – the Marine Provincial Park is equipped with an outhouse, however, it’s worthwhile to bring some extra toilet paper just in case!
Please review the following forms prior to your program. Please sign/initial the forms in the presence of your instructor/guide, who will act as your witness.
Medical Form (PDF)
July 8-9; Aug 26-27
If you don't see a time or date that works, contact us to arrange your own time or date!
10:30AM departure - 3:30PM return the following day
Oak Bay Paddle Shack, at the Oak Bay Marina - 1327 Beach Drive in Oak Bay
No experience necessary