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Are you a Whitewater Kayaker?

By Tanner Ockenden  Whitewater Kayaker: The Scents of Adventure So you think you’re a whitewater kayaker? You love rivers and the idea of plummeting down through turbulent waters excites you rather than terrifies you. If this sounds like you then you might be a whitewater kayaker, but there are a few clear signs to know for sure. White water kayaking is a sensory overload in […]

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Why Hammocks Rock

Hammocks: the fun way to pack light and camp We all loved hammocks as a kid even though it wasn’t always easy to figure out how to get into them. Hammocks as shelter have recently taken off in western cultures although they have been around for a very long time. A hammock is a very versatile option to replace the conventional tent shelter for outdoor […]

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Why you need to wear sunglasses

Why wear sunglasses and how to find the right ones for you and your eyes. We all think about sunglasses in the summer time when it is bright out and harder to see. Plus who doesn’t like finally getting to put on their sunglasses and walk outside to a bright summer day? Sunglasses, however, are such an important accessory that they should be worn year […]

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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 […]

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SUP in Victoria and surrounding areas

Get out on the water and SUP in Victoria and Vancouver Island at some of our favourite places to stand up and paddle There are numerous places to get out on the water around Vancouver Island and we could go on and on for days with ideas of where to get out there but we will try to limit it to three spots around Victoria. […]

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White Water Kayaking Videos

By Graham Litman White Water Kayaking films to get you through the days on land You’ve just spent the past few days in your boat having adventures and now your back feels like it’s made of wood. Your palms have paddle blisters all over them and your neck has a rash from rubbing on your gasket. You want to sit on your ass and let […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Top Gift ideas for the Paddler

Don’t know what to get the paddler on your list for Christmas? We can help with that. Whether you are looking to get that one perfect large ticket item or fill a stocking with goodies we have the low down on what the paddler in your life is dreaming about for Christmas. Hint: it’s not sugarplums. Big item list 1) A new paddle It’s always […]