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Pacific Marine Circle Route by Motorcycle

By Brian Henry Total distance 208km, plus more for exploring I love to explore as many things on the Island as I can. The Pacific Marine Circle Route includes so many opportunities to see the true Vancouver Island experience – completing the route on a motorcycle was a must. This quick trip was an exploratory mission to understand many of the things we can put […]

SUP Yoga classes Victoria BC

Why you need to try SUP yoga

Our top 5 reasons you need to Try SUP yoga this year We love stand up paddle boarding, we love yoga so it only makes sense that we would love SUP yoga too. Do you like Paddle boarding? Do you like Yoga? Do you like trying new things? If you answered yes to at least one of those questions you have got to try SUP […]

lost bunny adventures

Lost Bunny explores Victoria for Canada 150

Ocean River turned a bunny’s worst nightmare into a Canada 150 dream come true. Over the weekend the owner of Ocean River, Brian Henry, was working as a taxi driver in the Gulf Islands and a tiny stowaway was left behind. Bunny was separated from his mom and when she realised she asked us to return him to her. Before this though we tried to […]

Canada 150 in Victoria BC

Canada 150: Kayaking through History

For Canada’s 150th take a journey through history and explore Canada in a kayak As Canada 150 approaches many are looking back on the 150 years that has made Canada what it is today. There are parts of Canadian history that stretch back farther than 150 years and, in fact, there are parts of Canada’s history that take place well outside of Canada. Paddle sports […]

Brian Henry photo by Lee Ann Stack

Brian Henry Receives Life Member Award

Brian Henry was honoured at the Tourism Victoria AGM on April 28th with the Life Member Award Brian Henry, the owner of Ocean River as I am sure we all know, has been a pioneer in the adventure tourism industry in Victoria for over 30 years – not to mention his huge influence on the sport of kayaking. After Friday’s award ceremony we wanted to […]

Russell Henry Expedition Kayaker

Kayaking with Russell Henry

How well do you know Russell Henry? You may know Russell Henry as Brian Henry’s son. You may know him from school or from paddling with him. You may even know Russell from an article written about one of his many expedition kayaking adventures. One thing is for sure, if you have met Russell you know how passionate he is about the outdoors and adventure, […]


Ocean River Photo Contest Winners

The top three photos from the 2017 Ocean River photo contest It was extremely difficult to choose winners for this photo contest as there were so many amazing images sent in. We had photos of wildlife, photos of people in kayaks, photos of people on paddleboards and even shots of kayaks abandoned on beaches. After much thought, we finally settled on the three photos we just […]


The Salish Sea Marine Trail needs the public’s help

Trans Canada Trail (TCT) and BC Marine Trails Network Association have come up with the perfect recipe for connecting Vancouver Island and the rest of Canada by trail: the Salish Sea Maine Trail.   The Salish Sea Marine Trail will be a blueway – a saltwater route designed for paddlecraft and small beachable boats – that will connect The Great Trail (the new name for […]


Ocean River 2017 photo contest

Ocean River needs the image of the year! Submit to our Photo Contest. As 2017 draws near we at Ocean River are looking ahead and planning. We are planning events and promotions, content and contests and we are planning our brochures and images. This is why we have decided to have a photo contest. To make our brochures the best they can be we want […]


Ocean River New Store: 1630 Store Street

Ocean River opened the doors to the new store on November 4, 2016 This new store allows us to showcase a more contemporary look of a well-known and long time Victoria business. The interior features refurbished wood features, industrial pipe fixtures, movable clothing racks, exposed brick walls and a custom chart table area that is to die for. What all this means is it looks […]

Victoria Dragon Boating Festival 2016

Dragon Boating in Victoria

The tradition of team paddling a Dragon Boat across the finish line makes its way to the Victoria Harbour The scene of downtown Victoria was transformed last weekend into one of long boats propelling forward into the Victoria Harbour like Viking ships charging into battle. If you were lucky enough to make it out to the Victoria Dragon Boating Festival this past weekend you are […]

The Victoria Mega Yacht Marina – Still not a done deal

  Still not a done deal.  That’s the mantra that paddlers, rowers and SUP boarders have to keep in mind when one reads the forward looking pronouncements from the people who want to block  the north side of the Victoria Harbour alongside the Songhees Walkway with large yachts.   For those who don’t paddle in Victoria Harbour, the proposed “Mega Yacht” Marina plans to build over […]