Kayak, Canoe, SUP Rentals – Strike out on your own!

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Kayak, Canoe, SUP Rentals – Strike out on your own!

Kayak, Canoe & Stand up Paddle Board Rentals – For those who prefer to create their own experience!

If you want to strike out on your own for some aquatic exploration of the Victoria area, there are a number of kayak and SUP rental facilities in and around Victoria.  Make sure to check out our post “Safety Guidlelines for Paddling Around Victoria” before you go.

Ocean River Sports logo

Ocean River Sports is Victoria’s premier paddle shop and offers year-round single and tandem kayak, canoe, and Stand-up Paddle Board rentals to those interested in discovering paddling on their own. You can launch from their dock conveniently located in Victoria’s Upper Harbour, at their outpost at Oak Bay Marina, or Saturna Island or take the kayaks elsewhere if you have appropriate transportation.

All rentals include all mandatory safety gear: paddle, PFD, spray skirt, throw-line, pump, a helmet (for whitewater) and a leash for SUP appropriate. ORS’s fleet is the largest in town, and is comprised of the highest quality watercraft. Large or small they will have a boat to fit you!

Optional equipment: Spare paddle and/or paddle float.
Rental Policy: If renting a kayak for 1 day or longer, you may reserve in advance by calling (250) 381-4233. Full payment is required for a reservation.

For your own safety, any renter who plans to paddle in an area outside the protected harbour requires rescue training for kayaking/canoeing as a minimum.

You can contact Ocean River Sports at 250-381-4233, toll free at 1-800-909-4233 or mail@oceanriver.com or click here for their website: Ocean River Sports. Located at 1630 Store with docks located at the end of Swift St in front of the Canoe Pub.

Ocean River Sports

Ocean River Sports located at 1630 Store St


Pacifica Paddle Sports offers canoe, kayak and stand up paddle board rentals from their floating paddling shop on the Brentwood Bay. You can glide across the quiet waters of beautiful Saanich Inlet, the perfect place for kayaking in Victoria. They also have a location at Canoe Cove in Sidney offering easy access to the Gulf Islands.

They can be reached at 250-665-7411, or customerservice@pacificapaddle.com or check out their website here:  Pacifica Paddle Sports.


Victoria Kayak Logo

Victoria Kayak offers kayak rentals from their dock conveniently located in the heart of historic Victoria Harbour, Victoria Kayak is just steps away from the Empress Hotel, Royal BC Museum and the BC Legislature in downtown Victoria. There’s no better way to kick off a stay in Victoria than with a kayak adventure!

You can contact them at (250) 216-5646 or info@victoriakayak.com or check out their website here: Victoria Kayak.


Victoria Waterfront Tours

Victoria Waterfront Tours are in a great location for kayak rentals in Victoria. Spend less time kayaking in the traffic of the Inner Harbour! Enjoy FREE parking and private washroom facilities. If you call ahead we can arrange for you to get out kayaking as early as 9:00 am with the last boat back in at 7:30 pm, seven days a week from May to September. Call to book your kayak rental.

We rent kayaks for one, two or three hours.  Rental prices include all kayaks, safety and paddling gear! You can choose to kayak into the Harbour, into the Gorge waterway or out along the coast in the Strait depending on the weather or the interests of your group.

They can be reached at 250-858-9090, email at nici@victoriawaterfronttours.com or check out their website here: Victoria Waterfront Tours.

The SMUS Community Rowing Centre, located at 2940 Jutland Road, also rents kayaks and SUPs.  They have  kayaks (4 singles and 2 doubles) and 6 stand up paddle boards for use on the Gorge Waterway and Victoria inner harbour.

For more information or to reserve your rental, please call 250-995-2290 or check out their website here:  SMUS CRC

Scenic Rentals

Scenic Rentals offer stand up paddle board rentals and tours in Victoria, BC.
We are a mobile business and will meet you where you want to go!
Lessons and Instruction provided with all rentals.

They can be reached at 778-432 – 2707 , email at: info@scenicrentalsvictoria.ca, or check out their website here:  Scenic Rentals





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About the Author:

Bruce is an avid sea kayaker and whitewater paddler, a writer and photograher. He and his wife Linda RV full time, love to explore, hike, paddle, bike and write about their adventures.

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