PADDLING TOURS AROUND VICTORIA

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PADDLING TOURS AROUND VICTORIA

If you’d like to explore Victoria and area from the water whether in a kayak or standup paddle board, here are some great ideas for paddling tours:

Ocean River Sports

 

 

Join Ocean River Sports – Victoria’s premier kayak store – for one of their fun, safe and informative tours.  Here’s what they have to say

Join us on our amazing Day Tours, and have the time of your life.

Imagine gliding quietly and effortlessly along as seals spy on you, an eagle soars overhead and you feel the joys of paddling in the best place on the planet.

Not only are these kayak tours convenient enough to fit into your busy schedule, but they’re an opportunity for you to get away and experience the beautiful waters in and around Victoria giving you a great introduction to the lifelong sports of kayaking and SUP.

Victoria Harbour

•Victoria Harbour Kayak Tour – a 3 hour tour of Victoria’s historic and scenic harbour
•​Victoria Harbour Sunset Tour – a 2.5 hour tour of Victoria’s beautiful harbour at sunset
•Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Instructional Tour – a 3 hour instructional tour of the harbour via Stand Up Paddleboard

Oak Bay

(10 min drive from downtown)

•Discovery Island Kayak Tour – a 6.5 hour tour of the beautiful Discovery Island just off the shores of Oak Bay via our Discovery Shuttle.
•Discovery Island Wildlife Walk – a 3.5 hour walking tour of the scenic Discovery Island with abundant nature viewing both onshore and along the way from our Discovery Shuttle.
Oak Bay Evening Kayak Tour​ -​ a 2.5 hour tour leaving from Oak Bay Beach Hotel and setting out on an evening exploration of the coastline of Oak Bay.

Saturna Island

Saturna Island Kayaking Outpost

For more information, times & rates … either stop in at their location at 1824 Store Street or call them at 250-381-4223.

Their website is:  www.oceanriver.com

Victoria Kayak

Victoria Kayak also offers tours:

Half Day Kayak Tours

– Because this is what we love!

No experience required!

When you need that special someone to throw themselves in front of that oncoming float plane you can count on Victoria Kayak sacrificial kayak guides to be there!

Tours depart daily at 9:30am and 1:30pm.

What to expect…

  • Certified kayak guides
  • True ocean going sea kayaks  (that means they are stable)
  • Safety gear and paddle clothing
  • Pre-departure instruction
  • Snacks and water

Sunrise/Sunset Kayak Tours

Sunrise-Sunset Tour

– Same great tour, cut-rate price!

No experience required!

With one of our guides you don’t need a compass…or a map.
ADDED BONUS: An eagle-eye’d kayak guide to spot those elusive river otters.

The Sunrise/Sunset tours depart at 7:00am and 5:30pm during the Summer only (May 1st until August 31st)

What to expect…

  • Certified kayak guides
  • True ocean going sea kayaks  (that means they are stable)
  • Safety gear and paddle clothing
  • Pre-departure instruction
  • Snacks and water
  • Kayak guide to spot wildlife

(Disclaimer: Not all guides have 20/20 vision. River Otter appearance schedule subject to change)

For more information either stop in at their location at 950 Wharf St. or call them at 250-216-564

Blackfish Sea Kayak Adventures

Another company offering day tours in and around Victoria is Blackfish Sea Kayak Adventures:
Our Ocean Kayaking tours are based out of Victoria, B.C. Our favourite day paddling area is the Oak Bay and Discovery-Chatham Islands – all conveniently located within 15 minutes by vehicle from downtown Victoria.

Oak Bay is especially popular with kayakers because the many islands offer not only protection from the prevailing winds and waves, but offer a wide variety of interesting and scenic places to explore. The islands you see depicted on the picture give you a good idea of what you can expect. These are amongst the loveliest of the Gulf Islands – solitary, wild, and natural, and set against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains.

Wildlife enthusiasts will be enthralled, as this area features two marine ecological reserves which are home to many seals, eagles, and marine birds. And if you come on the right time of year, you might even encounter sea lions and whales.

Because our kayaks are trailered to our launch sites, we can also offer you kayaking in other areas of the Victoria region of Vancouver Island, including the wild surf beaches of Port Renfrew, and the popular Gulf Islands.
For those who are seeking a more remote, yet comfortable kayaking experience, we can use our sailboat as a base from which to access and to explore some of the most wild and beautiful areas of Canada’s West Coast. For example, this spring we will be visiting world famous Princess Louisa Inlet and Desolation Sound, with kayaks in tow. Who knows, this “kayaking mothership” experience may even get you hooked on sailing as well!
Contact Blackfish by phone at 250-885-5980 or visit their website at Blackfish Tours

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 click HERE for their website.

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About the Author:

I've lived in Victoria over 30 years. I've travelled the world but I still believe that no other city beats Victoria for it's sheer beauty and variety of activities available year round. I sincerely want to help others explore and enjoy this great city - and hopefully make you want to come back again and again!

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