Things to Do in VictoriaThe Oak Bay Guest House, while only a short drive from downtown, is literally only steps from the Oak Bay Marina, where guests can take a vessel to go fishing, sailing or kayaking, or enjoy a combination of these and other activities.
Whale WatchingFor those who are drawn to whale watching, note that Oak Bay waters adjoin Haro Strait, the area where the most whales are spotted during the summer. Most tours are three hours in length, and sightings can be guaranteed. If you are feeling adventurous, we can arrange a combination whale-watching tour for you, which combines kayaking or sailing on the same day!
Multiple operators available upon request.
KayakingThe Oak Bay area is one of the most popular kayaking destinations on south Vancouver Island; the waters here teem with wildlife, and wilderness destinations abound. The many islands here provide sheltered and safe paddling as well as interesting wild places to hike and explore. Tours can be arranged for all range of experience levels, and instruction can be provided for beginners and for those wishing to improve their skills.
Operator: Blackfish Wilderness Expeditions
SailingIf you have ever wondered what the fascination with sailing is allabout, here is your chance! Your vessel will be a Beneteau 351 (pictured at right), and tours range from 3 hours to a day or more.
This is a "hands-on" experience with boaters participating fully as crew in the handling of the boat; you will be introduced to basic sailing skills.
Being moored in Oak Bay, you have the advantage of being close to a number of uninhabited Gulf Islands and marine ecological reserves. The Oak Bay area is also popular with boaters because of the many sheltered anchorages and protection offered from prevailing winds and seas; if more challenging sailing conditions are desired, you have the choice of sailing the Juan de Fuca Strait or Haro Strait adjacent.
Operator: Blackfish Sailing Adventures
SPORTS RENT has a large selection of bicycles for rent year round! Along with bike rentals, SPORTS RENT also has trail-a-bikes, child trailers, baby joggers and other bike accessories. Bike maps and directions for the Galloping Goose Trail and Lockside Trail are available. SPORTS RENT also rents surfboards, wetsuits, backpacks, tents, hiking and camping gear. Roof racks, trunk racks, roof top boxes plus kayak and canoe carriers from Thule and Yakima to make your trip easier.
Operator: Sports Rent
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Fishing and KayakingEnjoy some of the best Ocean and River Fishing on Vanvouver Island. Quatsino Lodge is located in Quatsino Sound and offers group fishing adventures and family vacations. There are also incredible kayaking and wildlife viewing opportunities at Quatsino Lodge.
Operator: Quatsino Fishing and Kayaking Lodge