Quebecers will have to get up early if they wish to spend their holidays in the province as campsites and cottages have already been sold up to the end of the month of August in several regions.
“The number of emails and calls, it is phenomenal. It has four times more booking requests than usual, ” says Bobby Cotton, the owner of the Cabins at the end of the world, in the Gaspé peninsula.
The Chalets at the end of the world, in the Gaspé peninsula, are full until the end of the month of August.
As the campsites in Amqui, Carleton-sur-Mer, the Bay of Percé or the camping Cime Aventures in Bonaventure, the cottages of Mr. Cotton are full until the end of the month of August.
“This is a business opportunity awesome to the Gaspé,” says the entrepreneur.
Quebec has announced on 11 June a series of measures to encourage holidaymakers to stay in the province. And already, Quebecers have overwhelmingly responded to the call of the government.
“Since the déconfinement has been announced, the phone has not stopped ringing,” says Chantale Couvrette, owner of the Field Expedition, in Labelle, in The Laurentides.
A few places are still available in the month of August, but “it moves a lot compared to other years,” she adds. Demand has more than doubled. Quebecers have not forgotten. “
A record for the past 20 years
Bolton-est, Estrie, business as usual for the écogîtes in the forest, Between Mountains and Roots. Since the re-opening of bookings on June 5, ” it’s garroche and the phone does not stop ringing “.
“We are pretty sure the month of June will be better than all those 20 years, argues the co-owner François-Xavier Shepherd. The people were eager to get out of their daily lives. “
The Camping Plage McKenzie in the Cantons-de-l’est, displays full until mid-August.
It is also believed Martin Lavoie, ceo of the resort Jouvence, Orford, whose revenues are already promising in this beginning of the season.
In Saguenay, the response of Quebecers to the tourism product enables us to consider a certain stability of income.
“We see a very big passion for all that is resort, second homes, national parks,” explains Patrick Bérubé, general manager of Promotion Saguenay.
Book quickly… or aim for a cottage
Thus, he advised the participants “to make reservations quickly,” because several vacationers have already planned their visit.
Marie-Marthe Tremblay, the gite Marie-Marthe in Coaticook, hopes to take advantage of the craze to catch up with his season.
Quebecers can, however, fall back on the tourist lodges, which have obtained authorisation to open Thursday only, such as those of Marie-Marthe Tremblay and his daughter, Diane Tremblay, located in the eastern Townships.
The owners of the cottages In Marie-Marthe in Coaticook, and The time-to-apples, in Compton, are anxious that the business picks up.
“If we had the ok of the public health front, the tourists would probably have rented with us, argues Diane Tremblay. But then, their vacations are already planned. “
– With the collaboration of Dominique Lelièvre