Community Involvement

Brian Henry has been and still is a very strong supporter of Community Involvement where he lives and where his companies Ocean River Sports and Ocean River Adventures operate and by the method of which they are run.

Being the outdoor enthusiast that he is, from a very early age he was the leader in organizing activities for his friends and that is what makes him, his company and his employees the best in the industry with a motto of “getting you out there”.

He was a founding member and still is a member of the Sea Kayak Guide Alliance BC, a non-profit society which upholds high standards for professional sea kayak guides and operators in BC and an organization that he asks all his guides to join.

Brian presently sits on the Board of Directors of Tourism Victoria representing the eco-tourism sector and their representative on the the Victoria Esquimalt Harbour Society.

He is a founding member of Shop Local a non-profit society with the goal to promote locally-owned and independent businesses in Victoria, B.C.

Brian is President, Celebrate Victoria Harbour Society a non-profit society with the goal to run a Celebrate our Harbour Day in Victoria, B.C. each June.

Ocean River is a member of the Victoria Esquimalt Harbour Society, Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Victoria Business Association, Sport Host Victoria ……….

Today, Brian is likely to be found out on the water, leading tours, teaching classes, spear-heading paddling community initiatives to keep waterways accessible or backcountry hiking, skiing or snow shoeing.

Over the past 30 years, Henry and his team have also supported a number of local programs, charities and initiatives, including ongoing support for the Victoria Youth Paddling Club (VYPC), the Boys and Girls Club in Victoria, YW-YMCA Camp Thunderbird and the Save Victoria Harbour initiative.

At Ocean River we are dedicated to building strong community partnerships and enhancing economic sustainability in Victoria and all the regions we work in. The company uses local businesses and suppliers whenever possible and donates to support local charity fundraisers and community initiatives especially school and youth group.

Environmental protection, social responsibility and economic health (people, planet, and profit) describe the triple bottom line and the goal of responsible sustainable tourism that forms our success.


Mission Statement “to create an extraordinary experience for all those that connect with Ocean River while protecting our natural environment and providing the enjoyment of nature at its most intimate level.”


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