UPDATE - May 23, 2023: Marina Water Trikes has opened for the 2023 season at 1220 Route 6 (Corran Ban Bridge). More information is available on the business's website. The original story is below.
Winter is just setting in, but one Islander is looking forward to warmer days ahead when he can introduce a new way to experience Charlottetown’s waterfront to Islanders and tourists.
Marina Water Trikes Inc. will be setting up shop in May on Charlottetown’s waterfront. The business, owned by Mohammad Dalbah, will rent water trikes out by the hour. The trikes, which are people-powered by foot pedals, will give riders a unique self-guided view of Charlottetown from the water. Users will be able to navigate the two-seater trikes to wherever their endurance will take them.
Mohammad was introduced to water trikes by his parents after they sent back photos and videos of them having a blast on water trikes while vacationing in Turkey. A year later, Mohammad went to Turkey and had a chance to try them out firsthand. He was immediately sold on the idea of bringing this sort of attraction to the Island. He says they are a safe and sustainable way for people to enjoy the water.
An electrical engineer by profession, Mohammad was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug a few years back when he launched his first business offering yard maintenance services. He credits his training at UPEI’s School of Sustainable Design for giving him the tools to start a business because the school has such a strong focus on entrepreneurship.
His plan is to launch promotional content for his new business in late February or early March as details, such as the exact location of the business, are finalized.
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