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. Many of these businesses also offer tours – check the individual websites!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Pacifica Paddle Sports
Phone: (Brentwood Bay) 250-665-7411 (Swartz Bay) 250-665-4548
Location: #1: Portside Marina 789 Saunders Lane Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1C5
Location: #2: Canoe Cove Marina – E Dock 2300 Canoe Cove Road North Saanich, BC V8L 3X9
Website: Pacifica Paddle Sports
Website: Scenic Rentals
The SMUS Community Rowing Centre
Location: #105 – 2940 Jutland Rd
Website: SMUS Rowing
Location: Main Office, Bookings & Information 1006 Wharf Street (Floating) Victoria, B.C.
Website: Victoria Kayak
Victoria Waterfront Tours
Location: 7 – 475 Head St Victoria BC
Website: Victoria Waterfront Tours
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