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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

No cars left to lease, so tourists explore Magdalen Islands on electric bikes

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Key takeaways: 

  • The electric bike rental firm owner says business is roaring, and he’s looking to grow.
  • “The popularity of our bicycles has risen greatly this year,” said Bernard Vigneault.

While on holiday on Quebec’s Magdalen Islands, Pierre-Louis Houle chose to lease a cargo bike with electric service for a week of exploring the small archipelago with his kid.

“It’s exercise, and it’s the ideal rate to marvel at the landscape: you see things differently,” stated Houle, Sherbrooke, Que.

Houle had the chance to drive while there but not every traveler does, as rental vehicles are in scarce supply. 

And now, electric bike rentals are through the top as people look for alternative means of transport while soaking up views like red coastal cliffs, wide sandy beaches, rolling dunes, and windswept grasslands dotted with colorful houses and bungalows.

“The popularity of our bicycles has risen greatly this year,” stated Bernard Vigneault.

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While on holiday on Quebec’s Magdalen Islands, Pierre-Louis Houle chose to lease a cargo bike with electric service for a week of exploring the small archipelago with his kid

Since founding Éco-Vélo des Îles in 2019, Vigneault states the business has expanded its fleet of bikes tenfold and multiplied its turnover by 40. 

“We’ve noticed the electric bike gain more and more popularity, both in terms of deals and rentals,” he stated.

He stated that rental cars were short started to become clear last year, but it’s been something else altogether this year. Calls from people without a rental vehicle have almost doubled, he said.

The Quebec government’s struggle to promote tourism by limiting round-trip plane tickets to $500 this year may have something to do with the sudden rumble in travelers desperately searching for transportation while seeing the islands, said Vigneault. 

In April, Quebec Transport Minister François Bonnardel stated that the $500 total fare would also apply to trips needing connecting flights. The government reimburses airlines by differentiating between the sale price and the fare usually set.

Source – CBC News

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