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 welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on