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Snow is just so much fun.

In This Issue
In Store Travel Smart Ideas
Valley Sea Kayaks
Gray Zone Kayak Course
Maple Leaf Adventures
Victoria Mega Yacht Project
Free Downtown Parking
In Store Events

Maple Leaf Adventures
The Great Bear Rainforest
Wed Jan 14

Laurel Archer
Presenting her new book
 Northern British Columbia Canoe Trips: Volume One
Wed Feb 11

Dag Goering & Maria Coffey
Hidden Places
Distant kayak destinations
Thur Feb 19

Reel Paddling Film Festival
March 11 & 12

Sean Morley
Epic record paddle around Vancouver Island as well as other stories by this amazing kayaker
April TBA

Jan & Feb
Store Hours

10am - 5:30 pm

Mon - Sat

11am - 5pm

Kayak Courses

Feb 14

Pool Rescue

Introductory Rescues
Feb 21

More 2009 Courses

Pool Dates

Practice your kayaking skills independantly, in the warmth of
Crystal Pool.

Pool Session

 6:30 - 9:30 pm
(3 hours)

Cost: $15 

Kayak Rental: $25
 (includes delivery)

 Feb 14, 21, 28
Mar 7, 21, 28,
Apr 4, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Phone us to
reserve a spot

Pool Info

Reel Paddling Film Festival

March 11 & 12
7:00 pm
at Ocean River

Available Soon!

$12. advance
 $15. at the door

The Waves
have been Saved!

The Integrated Land Management Bureau has chosen to disallow the investigative permits for hydro projects on Surge Narrows and Okisollo.

Surge Narrows

This is huge victory for the community, and the direct result of public pressure.

Thank you to all of you who wrote letters!

Did You Know?

Ocean River is a proud member Canada's foremost buying group -
 Outdoor Authentic Specialty

  Independent Shops

 Twenty of Canada's best outdoor retailers bond together to share ideas and increase our buying power so we can be competitive.

You might say that we are the Mom and Pop outdoors store with the buying power of the big guys, but with the small specialty store flavour.  

Another one of the ways Ocean River is
 "getting you out there."

Kayak Museum

We are looking for historically significant kayaks to display in our kayak museum like:
 Klepper Aerius 2
Lettman Mark 4,
 Derek Hutchinson's Badarka,
 Original Nordkapp,
 Percy Blanford kayaks
or any other interesting kayaks you would allow us to display.  Please contact us.
Old paddling photo

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Smiley Fun Links
South Pole Race

Honor an Orca

Fisgard Lighthouse Paddle

Happy New Year everyone. 

Everywhere in Canada had a white Christmas
this year,which was awesome.  We are
Canadian and we all know, that there really
is no such thing as bad weather because we
know how to dress.

Ocean River was super busy in December
dressing lots of people for the weather we had been experiencing.  We were glad to have
kept so many people warm and dry. Thanks
for all of you who trusted us to help you out.

As we enter January, it may be a time to travel south to enjoy the warmer climates or to head
to the hills to enjoy the slopes. If you choose
to stay here, be ready for the west coast
winter weather. 

Please come and visit us for any of your
outdoor, paddling or traveling needs as
January is a great time to "Get out there"
Good luck in your adventures in 2009.  

In Store
Travel Smart Ideas

Ocean River Sports carries some great items that will make your travels that much easier and more comfortable!

Eagle Creek Products - 10% offEagle Creek Logo
Absolutely the greatest travel packs and accessories on the market today.

Chaco Sandals - 10% off
The best sandals for traveling with. Hike, play or just to wear around the water.

Silverfoot Money Belts - 10% offSilverfoot Money Belt
These great stylish items are a must to store some extra cash in a discrete and safe place, around your waist.

Seal Line Seal Pak - 10% off
Seal PakWith removable waist belt and shoulder strap attachments, this watertight waist pack is a versatile choice for urban adventures, day hikes, or travel.

Valley Sea Kayaks
 Are Coming
We are excited to have Valley Kayaks coming to Ocean River Sports.  We plan to have a few demo Valley boats by late January and our first container lands in mid March with a pile of really beautiful boats.

We will keep you posted but we will have some Nordkaps, Aquanauts and even a racing Rapier for you to gawk over. 

Valley Sea Kayaks
The Gray Zone Course
(Build your skills)

Designed to give you confidence in the gray zone-the area between being right-side up and upside-down, you will practice techniques to get your kayak on edge and brace yourself to avoid a possible capsize.

All in the comfort of an indoor pool!

pool photo

Feb 28th 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm


There is limited space in this course,
so book your spot now to avoid disapointment.  250-381-4233

Maple Leaf Adventures
Presents the Great Bear Rainforest

Wed, Jan 14, 7pm @ Ocean River Sports
Admission by Donation
to support the Boys and Girls Club

A multi-media odyssey
Join explorers and ecotourism pioneers Kevin Smith and Maureen Gordon for a spectacular photo odyssey to the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Spirit Bear

The show includes spectacular multimedia, humourous anecdotes about wildlife, and a deep understanding of physical and human geography.
 Don't miss it.  More info
Victoria International Marina Project
Too Big

We at Ocean River are concerned about the possible impact(s) of the proposed Victoria International Marina proposed for the Outer Harbour.

As it sits, there does not seem to be adequate space left for paddlers to safely pass this proposed mega marina.

Victoria SunsetSISKA and VCKC , two local paddling clubs are actively engaged with the issue, so is Ocean River as we lobby for the paddlers.
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Victoria International Marina
Free Downtown Parking
 in Jan & Feb

The DVBA has extended its very popular free parking campaign, which they featured in December. 

Every Saturday, in January and February, the DVBA will be paying for two hours of free parking at City parkades and they will be having their meter fairies flitting about adding 15 minutes of time to expired meters.

Come visit us

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