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Top 5 Rivers Near Victoria

Top 5 Rivers Near Victoria

Top 5 Rivers Near Victoria by Graham Litman 5. Cowichan, Marie Canyon (Class 3, 1.5 hours) The Cowichan is the South Island’s bread and butter run. It’s fairly  free of major hazards, has fun play spots, and warm water (Cowichan supposedly means “the warm land” in Coast Salish). The Cowichan is runnable at almost 365 days of the year, due to a weir at Cowichan…
Footwear for Paddling

Footwear for Paddling

Choosing the Right Footwear for Comfort & Function when Paddling What to wear on your feet while paddling is going to depend a lot on the time of year and the weather conditions. You will find that every paddler has their own opinion about what is the “best” thing to wear on your feet. In fact, every time I am on a kayaking trip, this…
Kayak Rescue GoesRight

Kayak Rescue GoesRight

Kayak rescue saves kayaker’s life On a sunny day In early November  Jim Cliff decided to go kayaking out to Discovery Island, just off our beautiful Oak Bay shoreline.   Jim had kayaked before, had practiced self-rescue skills and had the gear needed for a day on the water or at least he thought he had. Jim came to Ocean River to rent a kayak.  Having…
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Planning a Kayaking Trip to Discovery Island

Paddling to Discovery Island is on the top of a lot of paddlers lists. It is a beautiful escape from ...