– winner of La Bonne Idée
After receiving a big majority of the votes, it was the surfing in downtown Sherbrooke that came out the big winner of La Bonne Idée, an initiative of Destination Sherbrooke whose aim is to get people involved in the recreation-tourist development in the city. In the next few months, the Sherbrooke organization responsible for tourist development will analyze the feasibility of the project in collaboration with other partners.
“Analyzing possible financing sources, technical and environmental aspects, as well as the potential attractiveness to tourists will be part of the study,” explained Jean-Francois Ouellet, director of innovation and development at Destination Sherbrooke. “Once this step is complete, we will also have a better idea of the size, feasibility and schedule of the realization of the project.”
Launched on May 21st, La Bonne Idée allowed citizens to give their opinion about different tourist projects by voting for the one they wanted to see come to Sherbrooke. In all, 1,670 people voted for their favorite project from among the following propositions: velorail, Sherbrooke beach, tyrolien, lighted bridge fountain and surfing.
“When we refer to Sherbrooke as an urban destination, we can say that an idea like this one fits well with our orientations regarding the promotion of active and sport tourism,” added Mr. Ouellet.
Proposed by Laurence-Olivier Neron, Mathieu Peloquin, Virginie Bedard, Antoine Caron, Alexandre Tremblay, Maxime Dubreuil, Marc Desroriers and Valerie Lesframboises, the idea to create surfing in Sherbrooke could attract as many surfers as visitors. In Montreal, the two surfing areas on the Saint Lawrence attract between 18,000 and 25,000 surfers annually. In Boise, Idaho, a city the size of Sherbrooke, they had more than 40,000 spectators.