Carpe Diem: Selling outdoor fun and showcasing the region
📸 cover: @Myriam Baril-Tessier
Since 2018, Vicky Veilleux and Michael Mercier have been operating a unique business in the Gracefield area. Teachers by training, in the summer they become entrepreneurs and even ambassadors for their region. Their company, Carpe Diem, rents kayaks, paddleboards, canoes and bicycles so people can get out and enjoy the natural beauty and vast landscapes of the Outaouais.
Top-quality outdoor experiences
“There are 3,200 lakes in the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau RCM (VGRCM), and Michael and I felt that the area’s recreational tourism potential wasn’t being fully exploited.” —Vicky Veilleux
The region and its products are also showcased in the couple’s bistro, a welcoming spot where people can gather for drinks or a meal before or after an outdoor activity.
“We want to do our utmost to provide outdoor and culinary experiences that meet our clients’ expectations.” —Vicky Veilleux
Vicky Veilleux and Michael Mercier, Outaouais ambassadors, operate Carpe Diem.
A business in harmony with nature
Besides offering boat rentals and food services, Carpe Diem can help you organize your next outdoor stay in the Outaouais. Not only are they a one-stop shop for your next getaway, but they’re committed to putting eco-responsible practices at the heart of their business. As well, Carpe Diem’s rental boats and bikes are made in Canada.
“We believe our actions can have an impact on the economy and the sustainable development of the VGRCM.” —Vicky Veilleux
Vicky and Michael have developed a strong sense of belonging to the Outaouais.
Making visitors feel at home
Although they’re not originally from the Outaouais, over the past 15 years Vicky and Michael have developed a strong sense of belonging to their adopted region, more specifically to Gracefield and the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau RCM. So they’re very proud to welcome tourists from all over Canada and even overseas for outdoor getaways in the Outaouais.
“I can’t think of a better region for us and our children to live.” —Michael Mercier
The whole family contributes to the success of Carpe Diem. For instance, Édouard, their eldest son, now helps out with various aspects of the operation, and Emy-Rose, the youngest, who loves to play behind the cash register.
For Vicky and Michael, it’s important to include the whole family in the adventure, and especially to make visitors feel at home.
It’s clear that the owners of Carpe Diem are outstanding Outaouais ambassadors!