Victoria Harbour Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Tour

Overview

During this relaxing tour you’ll get a chance to see the city up close. The bustling activity of seaplanes, ferries large and small, whale watching boats, private yachts, fishing vessels of all sizes, tug boats and barges can be seen. In the background stands the BC Legislative Building and the historic Fairmont Empress. You may also encounter eagles, herons, cormorants, river otters, seals and seagulls. This tour has it all!

From this unique perspective, your guides describe Victoria’s historic waterways that make up the downtown and the working harbour. Depending on the weather and the harbour traffic we may choose to stay on the upper portion of the harbour known as the Gorge Waterway. Victoria is a city on the water so come join us on an adventure through our waterways on Ocean River’s Victoria Harbour SUP Tour!

This tour is run through a marine area teeming with birdlife to observe. We proudly paddle through a NatureHood, or a Nearby area of Nature, in an urban environment to responsibly observe birdlife and marine biodiversity.

 

Testimonials
To read all of our reviews, click on the Trip Advisor logo below! TA_550x370

“Friendliest guide ever!”
5 of 5 stars – Reviewed         “ No Guide Mentioned”
My boyfriend and I took a stand-up paddle boarding lesson for my birthday. We booked at the last minute and Ocean River Sports accommodated us, even though they don’t usually do same-day bookings. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide – he was patient, encouraging and made easygoing, good conversation the whole way. His coaching was so good that we’re happy to note neither of us took an accidental swim!

“SUP 3-hour learning session – so fun!”
5 of 5 stars – Reviewed        “Greg”
We went out in a group of 3 women and 3 teens on a cloudy rainy day. I expected to get a good technical lesson on using a SUP safely but we got so much more! it was a super fun and informative afternoon, rain be damned. Thanks to our instructor, Greg, we had a very custom session and traveled much farther than I would have expected. All 3 of us adults were sure we’d fall at least once but we didn’t. The kids fell in and swam, but all by choice and design. The Gorge had surprisingly gorgeous warm water. Definitely good value and even better than expected.

“Calm Learning”

I did a SUP course with my 12 year old daughter this morning with Mark as our instructor. He was wonderful! We had such a great time and learned a lot. He was very patient and helpful with my daughter and we both left feeling ready and confident to get back out on the water by ourselves!
Thank you so much!

 

“SUP the easy way”

I have wanted to try SUP for a couple of years and when I found a friend who wanted to take a lesson too, we knew Ocean River Sports was who we needed to book with. Rob was our guide and he was great. He was encouraging, and gave us great instructions and tips. We had a great time paddling around and are now hooked. Everyone we met or spoke to at Ocean River Sports was helpful and we can’t wait to go back and rent boards again. We highly recommend booking a lesson or a rental with them.

Itinerary

Arrive at Ocean River Sports approximately 15 minutes early for your tour to meet your guide(s) and other participants. Our safety-conscience guides are among the most highly trained and versatile on the coast—what is more, they really know Victoria.

On the water, groups larger than 6 are led by two guides. Our paddling area encompasses the scenic 7 km stretch of calm protected water known locally as the Gorge, as well as the world’s most photographed harbour, Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

Your tour experience:

After meeting and greeting all, you will be provided with a paddling orientation, which will include the features of the SUP, personal paddling equipment, group safety protocol, and the strokes that will make paddling and maneuvering more enjoyable. The tour will make several stops at fascinating landmarks, with the guide detailing the storied history of each stop.

Full Itinerary – PDF: Itinerary for Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Instructional Tour

Equipment List

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!

Cotton keeps you cold when it’s wet, and takes a long time to dry. If possible, bring clothing designed for outdoor wear and made from Merino (wool), silk, or synthetic materials, such as polyester, polypropylene, or nylon.

  • Eyeglass retainer strap if you wear glasses
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen
  • A broad-brimmed sun/rain hat
  • Clothing like you might wear for a short hike (dress in appropriate layers depending, on the weather). Bring a light rain            jacket on days when there is a chance of rain. If you don’t have one, we can provide you with a waterproof paddling jacket.
  • Low-heeled shoes
  • Water and snack (optional)
  • A watertight plastic bag for electronics (optional)
  • A camera (optional)

We cannot be responsible for damage to or loss of your items, so please ensure valuables are stored securely in watertight plastic bags or dry bags. Secure storage is available for personal items you choose not to take on the water!

Waiver/Medical Forms

Please review the following form prior to your program. Please sign/initial the form in the presence of your instructor/guide, who will act as your witness.

Ocean River Sports Waiver (PDF)

 

 

ORS Locations
Find a location
We're located in Downtown Victoria, Oak Bay, and Saturna Island.
Recent News

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.

Check out all our ...