Former European Canoe Champion

  • Originally from Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère
  • Owner of a Canoe-Kayak base for 25 years

Philippe COLOMY is a former member of the French canoeing team. He has now been renting canoes and kayaks for 25 years in the charming village of Saint-Léon-sur-Vézèrea listed villageMost Beautiful Villages in France"in the Vézère Valley.

A lover of the Vézère

Philippe Colomy grew up in the village of Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère, where he practised his favourite sport, canoeing. Today, he can't count the hours he spends on the Vézère. He says he loves this valley for its biodiversity and its history. The valley is nicknamed the "Valley of Man", and is listed as a World Heritage site. UNESCO World Heritage Site and on the list of Grands Sites de France for its famous prehistoric sites. The Vézère is full of treasures that Philippe Colomy is constantly discovering.

As a witness to the evolution of this river, he appreciates the changes in the watercourse and its environment. biodiversity. Over the years, the river ranunculus or floating buttercups have appeared, small white flowers that appear in summer. Increasingly present in the landscape of the Vallée de l'Homme, they mark the good quality of the water.

In the hope of keeping the Vézère clean and welcoming, Philippe Colomy is taking part in the spring cleaning of the river. The operation is free and voluntary. The aim of the clean-up is to bring people together for a convivial moment, but also to raise awareness of the need to protect nature.

Vézère river

Passing on your passion

The basis of canoeing APA is in the village of Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère. Philippe Colomy is a qualified canoe-kayak instructor. He and his team are keen to pass on their passion. They offer a range of routes to discover the beauty of the Vézère valley, with its cliffs, chestnut forests, flowers and fish. There are also major sites such as la Madeleine, la Roque Saint-Christophe, Losse Castle, le Conquil,…

It is one of the richest rivers in France, with one site per square metre.

This is a practice that can be carried out in sportwith friends or with your family. Everyone chooses their own distance and pace. It's a time to let go and reconnect with nature.

Philippe Colomy also offers rafting trips for people over 12 who can swim. These trips can be organised from February to May, water conditions permitting.

So head to Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère to discover the joys of paddling with Philippe Colomy!

Promoting the Vézère Valley

Philippe Colomy knows how to promote the Vézère Valley. He has appeared in numerous reports on France 3, notably in the programme "Des Racines et des Ailes"in the Sud Ouest and on France Bleu. He takes us with him on a canoe and shows us his little corner of paradise.

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