Paddlers’ club hosting Larry Roy at Dec. 3 meeting

Is viewing marine wildlife from a sea kayak on your bucket list? Would you choose the cooler waters of B.C.’s West Coast or maybe the warmer climate of Magdelena Bay, Baja, Mexico?

If so, join us at the December meeting of the Comox Valley Paddlers’ Club. Larry Roy, owner and operator of Discovery Expeditions Inc., will be presenting a slide show on their Vancouver Island and Baja sea kayak tours.

Based in Port McNeill, Discovery Expeditions is an established company that pioneered sea kayaking tours in Johnstone Strait, Haida Gwaii and Baja back in the 1980s. The company now operates in Johnstone Strait, Blackfish Sound and Desolation Sound during the summer months. In the winter they escape to the warm waters of Magedelena Bay. The tours offer guests a safe and memorable wilderness experience under the guidance of seasoned guides.

Roy’s kayaking skills originated from a background in competitive and recreational river kayaking.  A move to Salt Spring Island led to his interest in sea kayaking and he has completed a number of long distance sea kayak journeys on the B.C. Coast.  He is familiar with Smith Sound, Rivers Inlet, Klemtu, Bella Bella and Kitkatla to mention a few.

Just a little advanced in years for guiding multi-day tours, Roy stays current by operating “Discovery Skiff” a self-designed landing craft that transports recreational and commercial groups to the Broughton Archipelago. In his spare time he is a volunteer warden assisting BC Parks with signage maintenance and dealing with waste management.

Roy’s presentation commences at 7 p.m. sharp, Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Lion’s Den, 1729 Comox Ave., Comox (Nordin Street, behind the Pearl Ellis Art Gallery). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.. The presentation will be followed by a club business meeting. The event is free of charge and open to non-members.

Comox Valley Paddlers’ Club winter meetings take place the first Thursday of the month, October through to May. Paddling enthusiasts can learn more about club events and activities at the meetings.

For more information e-mail  comoxpaddlers@gmail.com, check out our Facebook page or visit  comoxvalleypaddlers.ca. Further information on Discovery Expeditions is available at orcaseakayaking.com.