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Looking for the best Victoria Harbour Kayak Tour? Want to get the best view of Victoria’s picturesque waterways?
Jump on one of our harbour kayaking tours!
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 Kayak Tour!
If you join our evening tour, you will be able to see the city turn from day into night. First, it’s the building lights, some turning off and others turning on, then it’s the street lights and, finally, the BC Legislature lights up like a giant Christmas display, with over 3,300 light bulbs casting a magical spell over the harbour.
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.
Please arrive at Ocean River Sports approximately 10-15 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. If you prefer to paddle a single or double, please let us know during your reservation.
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 kayak, personal paddling equipment, group safety protocol, and the strokes that will make paddling and maneuvering the kayak 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 Victoria Harbourfront Kayak 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!
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 and placed in the watertight storage compartments of your kayak. Secure storage is available for personal items you choose not to take on the water!
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.
5 of 5 stars – Reviewed 30 September, 2015 “No Guide named”
I have been shopping there for years. Great quality clothing, and very knowledgeable staff. In July 2015 took a guided kayak tour in the Gorge waterway. Very knowledgeable guide, thorough, safe and accommodating. I want to do a ocean tour with them next year.
“Enjoy a Relaxing Kayak Tour with an Experienced Guide”
4 of 5 stars – Reviewed 23, August 2015 “No Guide Mentioned”
My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful 3 hour Kayak Tour with a very experienced and friendly guide. A great way to spend a few hours on the water!
The perfect choice for beginners or for those experienced with kayaking wanting to enjoy a fun and informative kayaking tour! Ideally located in downtown Victoria’s Inner Harbour, this is a tour the whole family will enjoy! Enjoy a great view from the water of the Inner Harbour and sites, as well as a peaceful paddle up the Gorge Waterway, with stops along the way.
5 of 5 stars – Reviewed 25 August, 2015 “Izaiah”
A gentle paddle around Victoria’s inner harbour is a perfect way to wind down another day in this wonderful city. Our guide, Izaiah was brimming full of enthusiasm, local knowledge and pride for his home city. He was super friendly, fun, reassuring and showed a genuine interest in his fellow paddlers. A pleasure to be around. A great activity. highly recommended.
Daily: 2:00PM – 5:00PM from June 1 - Sept 15
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: 6:30PM – 9:00PM from June 1 - Aug 31
Approximately 3 hours
If you don't see a time or date that works, contact us to arrange your own time or date!
Ocean River Sports - 1630 Store St. Victoria, BC
$79 (children under 12 are ½ price)
Suitable for the entire family
No experience necessary
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