Join The Club: Swamp Kings

[For today’s installment of “Join The Club,” The Watercraft Journal welcomes Les Partonof the Swamp Kings, from the Ladner/Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada. Les kept his recap pretty brief, but there’s quite a bit going on with the Swamp Kings, so if you’re in the area, make sure to check them out. -Ed]

“[The] riding club was founded approximately 1992 by now deceased Bill McLean, then-owner of Pacific Yamaha BMW and multi-time Canadian Motocross Champion. His legacy is remembered by three rides, ‘Big Billy Trail,’ ‘Big Billy Round ‘da World Ride’ (50 miles around Lulu Island/Richmond), and ‘The Super Big Billy 80-plus-mile Gulf Island Tour.’


“Swamp Kings [hosts a] 90 member Facebook secret group, a weekly TNR Thursday Night Ride held between April Fools and Halloween, and 50-miles of tidal race track trails (all rides meet at First Beach), weekend rides to Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound, up Fraser River to Pitt Lake, trailer to Harrison, etc. Occasional long range overnight trips. Newbies welcome. Stand-ups and 2-strokes work great in the swamp, but we recommend big 2-strokes or 4-strokes for long rides like Gulf crossings.”

If you’re a PWC riding club president, group and/or event organizer who regularly hosts rides and is looking for greater access to a larger audience of potential members, and would like to be featured in a segment of “Join The Club” please email 300-500 words about your group, a minimum of 3 high-resolution images, and hyperlinks to your social media pages to

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Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.

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