Terego is a project of a mother and daughter passionate about camping and agrotourism. If, like us, you too are the kind of traveller that likes to travel on unknown RV routes, taking time to meet the locals and marvel at the taste of a new delight or the sight of a breathtaking landscape, then keep reading, as this story could forever change the way you travel on an RV.
Both of us, Michèle Bourassa and Karine Morin, fell in love with the great freedom that RV road trips offer. We quickly realized that the camping opportunities in Canada did not meet our needs and, consequently, those of many other travellers who are looking for unique sites, wide open spaces and activities that really allow them to discover a region and its inhabitants. It was during a three-month trip to New Zealand that we experimented with a format that met those needs: a network of local producers offering free overnight parking for travellers on member RVs. This network was based on France Passion, an original idea born in France in 1993. That is how, for example, we met with olive oil producers, Judy and Martin, who welcomed us warmly to their olive groves. It was by far the most beautiful moment of our trip!
A new service for travellers in motorhomes and trailers
Back home, Michèle realises that such a network of farm hosts did not exist in our country. Yet, our part of the country is full of local producers to discover. Recently retired, Michèle began to set up this network under the name of Terroir en VR, which later became Terego. Karine became part of the adventure a few months later. At first, the challenge was to convince the producers, since this concept, different from camping, was new here. The project quickly established itself as a success. It's a win-win situation for everyone as producers gain visibility and travellers have authentic experiences, off the beaten track and crowded campsites.
From the first RV season in 2017, there was good rapport between the host producers and the first member travellers. Thanks to the organizational and leadership skills of Michèle, former director in the healthcare system, and the communication skills of Karine, a former journalist at CBC/Radio-Canada, the network has grown from a few dozen host producers in its early days in 2017 to a few hundred across Eastern Canada today. There is something for everyone, including a wine route or a beer route, a wide range of farms where children can pet animals and sites with breathtaking views.
We have implemented a unique format that allows member travellers to book their free RV parking online with a single click. Producers are immediately notified.
RV Parking Network
Our approach is we identify local producers or heritage sites that would like to offer parking for motorhomes and trailers. Very often, it is the producers themselves who register or it is the member travellers who suggest sites. Then, we visit all the new hosts to answer their questions and ensure the quality of the site. We have decided to limit the number of RV parking spaces on each site to 5. As a result, you have a privileged contact with your host and the environment.
Terego is more than a network, it is a community
That is why it's so successful. For example, in the first year, Jacques, a member traveller, suggested that we organize a gathering so that members could meet and share their experiences. We thought this was a great idea! This is how the first Terego event was born. Since then, our event programming has diversified to meet the high demand. In organizing these events, we always have the same objective in mind: To allow travellers to meet each other, showcase local producers and provide a unique gastronomic and agri-tourism experience.
In the future, we intend to continue to expand the network of host producers in Canada and organize a wide variety of exclusive events. Our mission remains the same: To provide you with authentic experiences on the road by letting you discover winegrowers, cheese makers, farmers, breeders and others that work tirelessly to create high quality products.
As mentioned above, Terego's success is based on its community. So if you have not already done so, subscribe here. And we want to hear from you. Tell us about your great experiences and discoveries on the road. We are interested in your suggestions and comments! Do not hesitate to contact us. Meanwhile, we look forward to meeting you on the road.
Karine and Michèle