ATV rentals seeing steady business
Northeast ATV Rental, owned by Ray Bergeron, is among the Gorham-area companies poised to benefit now that all-terrain vehicles are allowed to travel on public roads in Coos County. (DEBRA THORNBLAD PHOTO)
One of those businesses is Northeast ATV Rental, owned by Ray Bergeron.
“Motorcycles were always my passion,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate to be able to follow my dreams.”
Four years ago he was approached by Terry MacGilveray, who was looking to branch out from his snowmobile business based in Fryeburg, Maine.
“We got together, threw some ideas around. I’ve always been known to think outside the box,” Bergeron said.
“We’re fortunate with our local geography,” he said. “It’s amazing what we have in our own backyard.”
“It’s always been a dream to expand and have something for the summer,” he said. “We knew someday this would come about.”
Today an ATV rider can enter the trail in Gorham and ride all the way to Pittsburg. Gorham is the entrance to the Ride the Wilds trail that goes all the way to the Canadian border.
Bergeron’s small business has definitely felt the impact. The expansion allowed him to recently hire two more people. He also keeps a roster of local experienced guides available to go with ATV riders not familiar with the area, which means extra money for more local people.
Many of the visitors coming to rent ATVs are looking for a new adventure. Because they may not be used to the challenging terrain here, Bergeron starts out with a 30-minute orientation.
He offers two-hour rentals and all-day rentals. Most of the time, he said, all of his vehicles are out.
Bergeron agreed. His typical customers are often a dad, who still has a little of the wild side in him, a cautious mom, and kids who laugh as they go through the mud puddles on the trails.
“I have visions, but nothing is etched in stone,” he said.
“Everything is right here — lodging, restaurants and repairs,” he says of Gorham. “We’re lucky Gorham has opened up its arms to these dirty, dusty ATVs.”
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