Some say the best way to discover a new place is by walking; and while that is true to a certain extent because walking does lend itself to being able to explore all around an area, something that affords the same flexibility, but adds a whole other level of excitment, is exploring a new place by electric-scooter. Not only can you cover more ground, but you can also have a whole lot of fun while you are out exploring.
eSkoot Niagara is located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, offers eScooter rentals from April to November, and it is owned by husband and wife team Jennifer Elliott and Colin Telfer. Jennifer notes that, “we saw how much people loved traditional bicycles in this town, and we thought there has got to be a certain percentage of visitors here that like the idea of outdoor activity, but don’t like the idea of sweating in the hot sun.”
Colin adds, “we got into this business because the provincial government was advocating alternative, environmentally friendly transportation, and if you were to design an area for electric bikes, this would be the area. It’s flat, there are a million things to stop and see and do, and it’s relatively slow moving traffic, which is important to us. It has just been incredible. The nice thing about these little bikes, is that they don’t make any noise and they don’t make anybody mad.”
Like the brochure says, if you can ride a bike, you can ride an eBike. There is a short mandatory training session that all riders must partake in before leaving; it takes place on a small track located at the back of the property. Colin explains, “we teach them how to stop, how to turn, how to get their balance. Once they go around the training area a few times, which is probably the hardest part of the entire experience, then they are fine. It’s about a five minute learning curve.”
Then once you get the hang of it, you are free to go off on your own to explore. Maps are provided that point out all the attractions in the area, as well as show you where the bike paths are. eScooters are treated as traditional bicycles under Ontario law, so the e-Bikes can go on the same paths as regular bikes. Colin and Jennifer say they prefer that people don’t spend too much time riding on the main roads, as the bikes can only reach speeds of up to 30km per hour. Niagara-on-the-Lake is full of bike paths though, so it’s easy for e-Bikers to explore the entire area. There are also plenty of less busy back roads and side streets that are great places for e-Bikers to travel as well.
The eBikes have a 60km range, but most people travel between 25 and 30 kilometres in a day, once stops are factored in. A lot of people tend to grab food and take a picnic to one of Niagara-on-the-Lakes many parks. The bikes have plenty of storage in them so they are perfect for packing up and taking for a day. Colin relates, “most people like to do a bit of a mix when they are touring, so a little bit of history, a little bit of downtown, a couple wineries, and a little tour on the parkway.” Jen notes that one of the best parts of exploring Niagara-on-the-Lake via eBike is that, “you see things from a different perspective and you can get in areas that you couldn’t in a car. The camaraderie with your other riders is nice, because if you are on a little, quiet country road, the bikes are so quiet that you can ride side by side and actually talk. It’s just so different than anything else.”
eSkoot Niagara has gotten nothing but raving reviews on Trip Advisor, and continuously ranks as one of the best activities in Niagara-On-The-Lake. The Bennells from Wiltshire, England say they were, “a little apprehensive at first, but the owners really made this experience first class. Fantastic freedom to see the area at our leisure, would recommend.” Eric R from Portland, Oregon shares that it was “a great way to see Niagara-On-The-Lake with friends. We saw a much wider view of NOTL then we could have otherwise. Several in our group had never ridden a motorcycle or scooter before. eSkoot made it easy and safe. Highly recommended.”
There are numerous packages available for visitors that will suit a wide variety of schedules. Colin explains, “we have the morning package which is very reasonably priced at $29, and that is seven days a week, available from 9am until noon. The downside of that is that they have to be back by noon, they can’t extend it. Whereas with our other rental packages, it is a minimum of three hours, but they can stay out as long as they want. Weekends are more expensive than weekdays of course, for a full day, it’s $69, weekdays, it’s $59.”
Jen also mentions a package they have exclusively during the summer, which they call a sunset deal, where for $29, guests can take the bikes and stay out from 5pm until dusk.
Renting an eBike is great for a variety of different people visiting the area. Jen notes that it has become really popular as something to do on a girl’s getaway weekend. She says that it is also a great activity for families that have adult children. In order to ride an eBike, guests need to be 18 or older, or 16 or older if they are going out with family.
eBikes are ideal for exploring the beauty of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and if you are looking for that perfect mix of fun, safety, efficiency and adventure, make sure to check out eSkoot Niagara, as it just might be the best time you have while visiting our beautiful city.
Full details on all the packages offered can be found by visiting the ESkoot website at www.eskoot.com, by visiting the office, which is located at 477 Mississauga Street, calling 289-271-0663 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to make reservations early, as spaces fill up quickly!
**Photos courtesy of ESkoot Niagara