Wind turbines are a tourism draw in Quebec

Tourism helped, not hindered, by Wind Farms 

We recently returned from a trip to the Gaspé Peninsula in eastern Quebec. While there, in the small town of Cap-Chat, we visited the 76-turbine Le Nordais wind farm.

oleatcapchat_01This land-based wind farm attracts 14,000 visitors a year, at a ticket price of $10 per person. Le Nordais is by far the most important tourist attraction in the area. This seems to disprove the idea that wind farms discourage tourism.

William E. Griswold, Centerville

Editor's Note; Cap-Chat has become synonymous with wind energy. There is a wind farm there containing 76 wind generators in revenue service. Each one of these is a horizontal axis wind turbine (HAWT).

We passed these wind farms ourselves last summer on a ferry ride up the St. Lawrence seaway. The photo is of the ?ole vertical turbine in Cap-Chat as seen from the ferry. wb

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