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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, […]


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 […]


The impact of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline on the Salish Sea and Ocean River

Ocean River’s ownership and staff value our amazing environment and waterways and wish to keep them beautiful and wild. After the announcement the other day, that Trudeau’s Liberal government has approved the Kinder Morgan expansion project, tempers are flaring and the opposition is fighting back against the approval and apparent lack of precaution taken. We at Ocean River would like to voice our opinion on […]


Tourism Industry Association of Canada Awards

Ocean River goes to Quebec to attend the Tourism Industry Association of Canada Awards as a finalist November 30, 2016 – Ocean River’s owner Brian Henry attended the annual Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) awards night on Wednesday. Ocean River was a finalist towards the Hilton Worldwide Small or Medium Business of the Year award, along with two other Canadian based tourism business’. The winner […]

The Gorge Boardwalk

The Victoria Waterways Loop

The Victoria Waterways Loop The Galloping Goose trail and the more recent E&N Trail are well known to bicyclists and pedestrians as a way to make a complete circle route from downtown Victoria to the 6 Mile Pub area and back again. However, there is also a water route that also allows you to travel a complete circle from the inner harbour and back again. […]

Saturna Island Paddle Shack proposal

We have recently put in a proposal to the CRD to build a kayak shack at the government dock on Saturna Island. Unfortunately our first request was declined due to hesitance from the CRD Harbour Commission. With a paddle shack on Saturna, it would become a kayaking hub, right on the doorstep of the Gulf Island National Park – home to some of the finest […]