About West Coast Rowing

Welcome to West Coast Rowing. They share the sport of rowing with you in an easy going and enjoyable atmosphere. Their fleet of racing singles, open water singles and doubles allows you to enjoy all aspects of rowing from the calm waters of their lagoon to the thrill of an open ocean adventure. Using their 50+ years of rowing experience they have designed programs to give you an enjoyable and safe experience at your pace and pleasure. They look forward to welcoming you to the West Coast Rowing experience at one of their Sculling Camps, OAR Tours or Learn to Row sessions. Join them and explore the wonderful west coast of Vancouver Island where you can relax and experience nature in all its glory.

Try an Ocean Adventure Row (O.A.R. Tours) and have lunch on the beach or an island. They offer tours of several areas in and around the Victoria area. Pick one to suit your interests. Some of the tours are part of their OAR Learn to Row program and can easily be done by people with no previous rowing experience

Rentals

Faster than you can say, "Is that a kayak?", you will be off the beach and out on the beautiful waters around Vancouver Island. Easily car topped, they rent the racks too, you can take one their boats anywhere you want. They can deliver and pick up within the Victoria Area for an extra $20.00 charge if you like. Stow a tent and camping supplies in the bow hatch and go for a tour in Barclay Sound, or around the Discovery Island Marine park. Take a cruise from Tofino to Hot Spring Cove. There are a million places to row to here and they can provide the boat the that will get you there.

Rentals include: Boat, Oars, one inflatable life vest, one Coast Guard approved PFD. All rentals require full payment via a VISA or MasterCard at time of booking. Rentals will not be done without the use of a credit card. Damages to equipment or the environment will be charged to the card used to rent the equipment. Damaged equipment will be repaired or replaced at the sole discretion of West Coast Rowing. A competency test is required before equipment will be released.

Tours

Victoria Area Tours

One kilometer of open water from lagoon estuary to entrance of harbour, 1 to 2 hours round trip.
Cruise by the oldest lighthouse on the West Coast and up historic Esquimalt Harbour. This is an easy outing for beginning tourers with moderate rowing skills. The 1 km of open water from the Lagoon exit to the Lighthouse can be rough but the harbour is an easy and enjoyable 4 km of protected water. You will be visited by the harbour seals, see several different species of water fowl and if your lucky the family of otters that live in the old munitions store on Cole Island. Take a lunch and beach at the lighthouse for a tour of Fort Rodd Hill National Park. A great beginning tour of one of most historical areas of Canada's West Coast.

Discovery and Chatham Islands

On the east coast of Victoria in the protected waters of Satellite Channel. Discovery Island Marine Park is one of the west coast most popular destinations.

10-12 kilometers includes crossing the channel and exploring the inlets between this beautiful group of Islands.

2-3 hours or more if you stop on the islands for lunch.

Esquimalt Lagoon to Victoria's Inner Harbour

Row along the West Coast of Victoria

8-10 kilometers along the rugged coast past several historic sites.

2-6 hours. Options include stopping for lunch at pub along the harbour and rowing up the Gorge Water Way after reaching the Inner Harbour which adds 6-8 kilometers to the trip.

Sidney Spit

A great day tour. Row over and spend the day sunning on the spit and head home with the tide in the afternoon. An easy self guided tour just rent a boat and off you go.

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