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Plan Your Trip – How to Get to Vancouver Island and Victoria

Canada’s west coast paradise with its layback atmosphere and a true meca for outdoor adventurers. If you choose to drive, that will require taking a ferry from several Canadian and US destinations on the west coast with either BC Ferries, Washington State Ferries from Anacortes WA to Sidney, Clipper Vacations from Seattle WA  to downtown Victoria or Coho ferry from Port Angeles WA to downtown Victoria.

If you plan to fly, your choices are  Victoria International Airport, Nanaimo, Comox, Campbell River or Port Hardy. Another flying option for flying to Victoria would be by either Harbour Air floatplane from Vancouver , HeliJet helicopter from downtown Vancouver or Kenmore Air floatplane from downtown Seattle WA to to downtown Victoria.

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Links of Interest –

these are just a few of the accommodations located either near to Ocean River Sports and Adventures or have been used by our clients in the past. We have also listed several favorite restaurants, bakeries, coffee houses, other activity operators and events  that we hope you will find useful.

Victoria – Accommodation

City Life Suites – Choose From 11 Vacation Rental and Corporate Accommodation Properties in 7 Convenient Locations in Victoria’s Downtown Central Business District. Rated #1 Specialty Accommodations in Victoria by Trip Advisor and all units offer Free, Secure Wi-Fi Internet – Free, Reserved Underground Parking – Free Phone Calls in N. America – Spotlessly Clean Apartments – Non-Smoking Premises – Locally-Owned. Friendly, Helpful Owners.

City Life Suites  c/o 1295 Walnut Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8T 1N5

Abbeymoore Manor – Choose from five beautiful heritage bedrooms or enjoy the charm, privacy and luxury of a self-contained garden level suite. Abbeymoore is ideally located in Victoria’s historic Rockland neighborhood which is just a five minute drive to all downtown Victoria’s attractions and the Clipper and Coho ferries. Abbeymoore Manor is an outstanding period mansion built in 1912. It sits amongst the castles, gardens and tree lined streets of “Old Victoria”.

Abbeymoore Manor 1470 Rockland Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia  V8S 1W2


Abigail’s Hotel – Located in romantic downtown Victoria, British Columbia, Abigail’s Hotel is a boutique bed-and-breakfast hotel that offers a distinctive and charming experience. It is an adult-oriented, intimate 23-room property that is housed in a 1930’s heritage Tudor mansion. Known internationally for its modern cozy ambiance, dynamic three-course breakfasts and personalized, professional and courteous service, interwoven with elegantly appointed guest rooms.

Abigail’s Hotel 906 McClure Street, Victoria, British Columbia  V8V 3E7

Hotel Grand Pacific – Luxurious accommodations, first-class services, gourmet on-site dining and full-service spa treatments await guests at this exceptional hotel. Facing the Inner Harbour and adjacent to the British Columbia Legislature, the Hotel Grand Pacific, recent Condé Nast Travelers Choice award recipient is within strolling distance of museums, galleries, cafes and Antique Row, the hotel’s rooms are elegantly appointed with private balconies and just, 2 blocks from the Victoria Conference Centre.

Hotel Grand Pacific  463 Belleville Street,  Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1X3

Inn at Laurel Point – Positioned near the entrance to Victoria’s Inner Harbour, the peninsula at Laurel Point is a natural welcoming spot. Unwind in a newly-renovated suite or enjoy the tantalizing flavours of Aura, one of Victoria’s premier waterfront restaurant & patio. Guest rooms and suites feature harbour views and luxurious Aveda or Molton Brown amenities. Indoor pool, business centre and complimentary high-speed Internet access throughout the hotel.

Inn at Laurel Point 680 Montreal Street, Victoria, British Columbia  V8V 1Z8

Oak Bay Beach Hotel – A luxury boutique hotel set amongst exclusive estates, Oak Bay Beach Hotel honours its rich history with Manor House-inspired architecture and restored vestiges of the past. Our timelessly elegant Victoria, BC accommodations feature expansive ocean and residential views paired with a sophisticated array of amenities and services. Enjoy fine dining in The Dining Room, take in a dinner show or a movie in the Theatre, enjoy a morning coffee or pastry at Kate’s Café, sip a pint of Guinness at The Snug pub, a local icon in its own right, or relax in the Baths at our seaside spa, while watching whales breach offshore.

Oak Bay Beach Hotel  1175 Beach Drive, Oak Bay, British Columbia  V8S 2N2

Swans Hotel – A unique heritage hotel in downtown Victoria with harbour views,  offering a variety of 29 distinctive suites. Perfect for corporate and leisure travelers and also ideal for families. Many with two-story lofts accommodating up to six adults. Each suite offers spacious and comfortable living areas with fully equipped kitchens. On site restaurant and Brew Pub.

Swans Hotel  506 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia  V8W 1N6

Fairmont Empress – Regarded on the Condé Nast Gold List and Travel + Leisure 500 Best Hotels of the World, The Fairmont Empress sits majestically at the cornerstone of Victoria’s sparkling Inner Harbour and vibrant city centre. The hotel features the highly acclaimed Willow Stream Spa regarded as one of the best spas in Canada. Epitomizing style and service, the Fairmont Gold multi-million dollar renovation offers unparalleled luxury.

Fairmont Empress  721 Government Street, Victoria, British Columbia  V8W 1W5

Delta Ocean Point Resort & Spa – Situated on Victoria’s breathtaking Inner Harbour, the newly renovated Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa is just steps from downtown shopping, restaurants and attractions.  This beautiful hotel offers a modern waterfront setting for unsurpassed guest service, exceptional dining, and full resort amenities, including an award-winning Spa, complimentary health club, indoor swimming pool and tennis/racquet courts.

Delta Ocean Point Resort  45 Songhees Road, Victoria, British Columbia   V9A 6T3

Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites – We are an exclusive downtown waterfront property offering luxury condominium styled penthouses and suites overlooking Victoria’s picturesque inner harbour. Step onto your balcony and a bustling harbour with its colourful marinas lies before you. Located in the Heart of Victoria just a few block from Ocean River Adventures.

Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites 1234 Wharf Street, Victoria British Columbia V8W 3H9




Victoria – Eateries / Coffee Shops

Union Pacific Coffee (coffee, tea, food)

Willies Bakery & Café

Canoe Brewpub & Waterfront Restaurant

Beagle Pub on Cook Street

Ill Terrazzo Italian restaurant

Blue Crab Waterfront Bar & Grill

Jam Café

Snug Pub

Swans Brew Pub & Wild Saffron Bistro


Victoria – Activities

The Pedaler – Cycle Victoria by taking guided bicycle tour or rent bike. We rent cruiser cycles, hybrid and single speed bikes for customers to explore Victoria their own.

Wild Play – An Urban adventure park for adults, teens, kids and families getting back to nature through primal fun and games


 Victoria – Events

Victoria Symphony splash – 1st Monday in August

Celebrate Victoria Harbour – 3rd Sunday in June

Classic Boat Festival – last Friday in August

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival – 3rd Saturday in August

 Victoria – Other

Sports Rent

SportHost Victoria


Vancouver Island – Accommodation


Vancouver Island – Eateries / Coffee Shops


Vancouver Island – Activities



About Ocean River

Located in Victoria, British Columbia on beautiful Vancouver Island, Ocean River is one of the premier speciality kayak and adventure companies in North America. Brian Henry, the founder & current owner, has been running Ocean River since 1981, and Ocean River continues to be recognised as one of the most significant outdoor/paddlesports instructional & tours provider in North America.

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