We believe that we have a unique opportunity to make history.
Between mountains and fjord, Ste-Rose-du-Nord, the Pearl of the Fjord, is the ideal location for a venture of this nature: we cannot help but think of Scandinavia and Vikings when we look upon the deep waters and tree-topped peaks.
Not only did Vikings set foot in Canada, but many Canadians have ancestors from Scotland, France, England, and Ireland, all of which were touched by vikings. Viking blood runs in our veins.
The Fjord Remembers
The only fjord in Quebec, Saguenay is a place where hundreds of thousands of tourists flock every year, and Ste-Rose-du-Nord is one of the only places where the public have direct access to this natural wonder.
The site where we intend to build our settlement is visible from the main road, with two astonishing views of the fjord.
In 2017 and 2018, around 100,000 tourists came through the village between June and October, and between 11-14 thousand visited the tourist center for information on activities. From ticket sales to this 11-14% of the tourist population alone, we would generate $220,000 - $280,000, which would easily cover our operating expenses, as well as pay back our investors for the initial construction within 4 years. Many of these tickets sales could be guaranteed through partnerships with schools, tour buses and cruise ships, dozens of which visit Ste-Rose-du-Nord every day.
We have many other possible revenue streams, including seasonal events, workshops, food and beverage sales, boutique sales, and rentals for films, festivals, and weddings.
We already have many craftsmen interested in the project, including two brewers who have been perfecting viking-age inspired recipes for the last several years. Vikings highly valued beer and mead, and modern tourists are no different! The interest in microbreweries has been exploding in the region, and with a beer associated with the Viking site, we could generate significant additional interest and revenue.
In addition to beer, we hope to have a variety of viking-age artisans, including fiber crafters, blacksmiths, woodworkers, potters, basket weavers, and leather crafters, all of which can sell their works in the marketplace. We also hope to host crafting workshops in the off-season, where fellow re-enactors and artisans can come to learn and improve their skills.
Sustainability and Community
Vikingård is more than a tourist attraction: it’s our home.
Each of the people involved in the creation of this venture is invested in autonomy and a self-sustaining lifestyle, where we produce our own food, make our own clothes, and build our own homes. We hope to share this lifestyle and vision with as many others as we can.
Our mission is to provide an interactive experience for tourists, and an immersive environment for volunteers. We hope to have a large team of vikings on the farm and in the village, providing a population for our settlement in exchange for a place in our community. We believe that the beauty of this project is to share it, transmitting our knowledge, and living amongst people inspired by our vision.
Our interactive farm will reconnect both visitors and volunteers with where our food comes from, something many people have forgotten. Volunteers can also help with building projects, cooking, and caring for the land. We hope to reduce our impact on the environment at large by encouraging people to make their own food in a sustainable way, using traditional methods.