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.
Launched in 1981 out of a tiny 250 square foot space in the northeast corner of Victoria’s Market Square, Ocean River Sports has since grown to become one of the great outdoor specialist stores — operating as a hub for the outdoor community in Victoria, and serving customers across British Columbia, Canada, and North America.
From its simple beginnings, Ocean River Sports has expanded and diversified. Having moved to its current dockside location in 2001, it now operates a complete paddle-sports and outdoors centre in downtown Victoria. A pioneer in the paddle-sports industry and one of the most significant kayak specialty stores in North America, Ocean River Sports proudly features some of the best sea kayaks, performance kayaks, canoes, and paddling accessories available anywhere.
It has also grown to be a well-respected outdoors generalist, carrying a focused selection of high quality outdoor clothing, footwear, camping gear, travel gear, and books, while retaining its emphasis on the paddling experience.
The mission of Ocean River Sports, and its sole obsessive focus, is to create extraordinary outdoor experiences for its customers, community, and friends. Its motto is and always has been “Getting You Out There!”