Saturday, March 23, 2013

Heading to Mt Tremblant, Why Not Fly?


I just returned from three days of skiing and snowboarding with my son at Mont Tremblant.  It was a great father son outing and to add to the adventure we flew down out of the Toronto Island Airport on Porter Airlines.   I can highly recommend this to anyone travelling to Montreal, Mont Tremblant or to any of the other 17 destinations that Porter serves in Canada and the U.S.
  Flying out of the Island Airport is a unique experience first crossing on the ferry ($11 by car).  Parking on the Island is somewhat limited but at the same time relatively inexpensive for downtown Toronto ($113 for four days).  The airport itself has been a huge success thanks to the business that has been generated via Porter. Currently under construction is an $82.5 million pedestrian tunnel which when completed, will whisk passengers from downtown on moving sidewalks under Lake Ontario to the terminal. The terminal at Mont Tremblant is essentially akin to a log ski chalet but is nonetheless very efficient at getting passengers in and out complete with the full array of security equipment. 
 Obviously the need is there and consumers are responding favourably to this flying alternative versus having to deal with travelling out of Pearson International.  There were three ladies from Collingwood on the flight as well that had gone to ski so it's not just for the city folk. Porter has carved themselves out a unique niche in the market at a time when many airlines are struggling.  It's nice to see another Canadian success story. 

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Rick relocated to Collingwood from Toronto in 1985 through a transfer with Goodyear Canada. In 1987 Rick was recruited by a major client of Goodyear’s, managing their Canadian business based in Barrie before moving to Chicago in 1992 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Upon returning to Canada in 1996, Rick ran an industrial products manufacturing company in Stratford, Ontario. In 1998 Rick returned to Collingwood with his two children. Rick is a licensed real estate Broker with Royal LePAGE Locations North in Collingwood and holds his MVA designation (Market Value Appraiser-Residential). He is an active volunteer in the community serving several years on the Board of Directors with the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® of which he is the Past President (2008) and currently serves on a committee with the Ontario Real Estate Association. Rick is a diverse executive manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, manufacturing, finance, human resources and quality assurance management.