History back on the water in 2021

History back on the water in 2021
David Lacoste (left), of the Sherbrooke History Museum, and David Martel (centre) of the Mercedes travel agency with the guides who will be helping with this summer’s historical kayak tours. (Photo : Gordon Lambie)

By Gordon Lambie

Sherb-Histoire en Kayak, the pandemic project of the Mercedes travel agency in Sherbrooke, will be back out on the water this summer with a broader range of activities and a deeper look into local history.
Created in 2020 as a pivot for a travel business that suddenly found itself without anywhere to send people, the initiative was the brainchild of Mercedes Becerra and her husband David Martel.
“Mercedes and I said, we’re going to rent out the only kayak we have,” Martel said, recalling that before long, the interest in that little side hustle was big enough that they picked up a few more boats to rent out of their garage on de l’Esplanade street on the north shore of Lac des Nations. Before long, the idea came up to integrate the idea of the company’s “Sherb-Histoire” walking tour into the formula, and Sherb-Histoire en Kayak was born.
In the “staycation” summer of 2020, Martel said that the model proved to be such a success that it has been revised and expanded for a return in 2021.
More information on the tours is available (in French) at www.sherbhistoire.com

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