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Remote Indigenous tourism venture readies for an EV future – National Observer

June 23rd 2023

White Pine Lodge Algonquin is an Indigenous-led nature reserve far enough from Toronto that not having electric vehicle charging stations might mean losing city clientele.

Philip McRoberts and Emily Porter, operators of the bucolic retreat 250 kilometres northwest of Ottawa near Algonquin Park, thought ahead to the future when there will be a lot more EVs on the road. So when they open the cabins for rental this fall, along with hiking trails and an art gallery focused on Indigenous artists and artworks, they will have two EV charging stations ready to go.

They say the stations will help them accommodate all visitors and their sustainability efforts will differentiate themselves from other area businesses.

“It’s going to help us build our business, help promote our eco-sustainability initiative and promote less of a carbon footprint,” McRoberts said.

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