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A Paddling Circumnavigation of James Island

A Paddling Circumnavigation of James Island

James Island is located in Haro Strait about 1.3 nm (2.4 km) off the east coast of Vancouver Island and is 315 hectares (778 acres) in size with approximately 6 nm (11 km) of shoreline.  James Island is privately owned, so while you can’t get out and explore this beautiful Gulf Island, it does make for a delightful circumnavigation with its high sandy bluffs, forested…
Rough Water Sea Kayaking – A GREAT CHALLENGE

Rough Water Sea Kayaking – A GREAT CHALLENGE

As employees of Ocean River, we all have a passion for paddling.  But, like many of you, we weren’t all blessed with paddling our whole lives and had to start somewhere.  I am Jamie, Ocean Rivers store manager.  I grew up in the Southern Alberta prairies and relocated to Victoria a couple of years ago.  Therefore paddling on the ocean was and still is in many…
SUP Adventures on the West Coast

SUP Adventures on the West Coast

Wesley takes on SUP adventures on the west coast of British Columbia! Moving back to the West Coast from the Rockies has presented a whole other world of exploration and adventure. From someone aspiring to be a heli-ski guide to someone aspiring to be a SUP expeditioner, guide and instructor. My, the tables have turned! Meeting Norm Hann Back in the fall of 2014 I…
Mount Cain Ski Hill

Mount Cain Ski Hill

By James Rogers All you need to know about skiing on Mount Cain on Vancouver Island, including that it is best kept a secret. First off don’t tell anyone that I wrote this. Mount Cain in the north of Vancouver Island might be considered a local’s secret and many are happy to keep it that way. If you don’t believe me check out the bumper…
The History of The Kayak

The History of The Kayak

Take a journey through Canada and explore the history of the kayak The history of the kayak is closely interwoven with Canadian history itself. Modern kayaks are used to get up close and personal with the natural beauty and wildlife found all across Canada, but, kayaks have played a large role in the discovery of the land as well. As Canada 150 approaches many are…
Saturna Island Kayaking Trip

Saturna Island Kayaking Trip

Kayaking Saturna Island, part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve If you’re looking for a great kayaking experience, the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (GINPR) has a lot to offer whether you want to get out for a few hours or are planning an extended camping trip. Sheltered waters, spectacular scenery, a Mediterranean climate, lots of wildlife and easy access make it a prime…
White Water Kayaking Videos

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…
Paddling Traditional Skin on Frame Kayaks with ‘Made Kayaks’

Paddling Traditional Skin on Frame Kayaks with ‘Made Kayaks’

Out of a workshop on Gabriola Island, a  ‘skin on frame’ kayak called the ‘Squid’  is being made.  What makes this kayak unique is that it comes as a kit that can be assembled in a couple of weekends with just a few basic tools.  The kayak is the inspiration of Ron Crown, an animator by profession and a kayak designer and builder by passion.…
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…
Rudders or Skegs?  Which Way to Turn?

Rudders or Skegs? Which Way to Turn?

The Rudder Versus Skeg Debate, Is One System Better? There has always been a debate surrounding rudders versus skegs, which is better?  Purests would argue that a well-designed kayak with a competent paddler shouldn’t need a rudder or maybe even a skeg. This may be so, but it certainly doesn’t address all of the issues. Each side has had their proponents and detractors, but as…
Flares – Obsolete or Still a Good Idea?

Flares – Obsolete or Still a Good Idea?

Should You Carry Flares When Paddling? This question often comes up, do you need to carry flares with you, especially with many paddlers now carrying cell phones, VHF radios, PLB’s and satellite messengers? In fact, the Transport Canada Small Boating Regulations don’t require you to carry any kind of visual signaling device unless you are in a boat over 6m in length, (many double kayaks),…
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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 ...