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vanlifemtl

ride otherwise

Since its inception, VanLife MTL has taken daring turns, an adventure that is shaped through great encounters and a desire to conscientiously evolve. And regardless of the path taken, one mission persists: The freedom to live in all simplicity.

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Where it all began

This adventure was not born yesterday! David, the founder of VanLife MTL, spent the majority of his early twenties in his Ford econoline 86. As for Naïma, his wife, it is with her family, aboard a modified school bus that she experienced a good part of his childhood. When they met in 2015, travel was central to their relationship, but David’s endeavors did not allow them to go on an adventure as far or for long as they wished.

That’s why in 2017 they decided to buy the Red Sprinter in order to have fun transforming it together, so that they could explore the country as soon as their schedule allows. After having rediscovered the happiness that traveling on four wheels brought in them, they wanted to share this flame by developing a project that would rally the Vanlife community in Quebec. And above all, they wanted to make this unique concept accessible to everyone.

David, a born entrepreneur who is used to bringing big projects to fruition, with creativity and seriousness, decided to set it all in motion. And that’s how VanLife MTL was born!

2017
the beginning

The founder, David Vachon, transforms his red Sprinter and travels for fun, until an idea sprouts in his head: why not make Vanlife accessible to everyone !?

2018

This is how VanLife MTL took shape in 2017 and officially started in 2018 with its big launch!

2018

First high season: Summer 2018
Services offered: Conversion of vans for rental
and for purchase.
Number of rental vehicles: 3

2019

Second high season: Summer 2019
Number of rental vehicles: 10
Development of the VanLife MTL Manufacturing division.

2019

Official creation of the VanLife MTL Manufacturing Department.
Marketing of the MEA model: an optimal interior, perfect for living the complete vanlife experience

2019

Creation and official launch of the VanLife MTL online store.
Sale of VLM parts, accessories and clothing.
The perfect option to meet the demands of vanlifers who want to build their dream vans themselves.

2020

Development and marketing of the new NOHR model: a unique configuration, including the option of a ghost shower. VanLife MTL models are now recognized for providing comfort in both summer and winter.

2020

Third high season: Summer 2020
The Covid and its challenges are holding us back, but VanLife MTL still managed to put 12 vehicles on the road, and achieved a 100% reservation rate from June to September.

2020

The VanLife MTL Manufacturing Department is expanding.
Optimization of the production chain and development of new ideas to respond even better to customer demands.

2020

Creation of the RAVEN model.
A great novelty for VanLife MTL since this arrangement is offered in a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter only.

2021

Fourth high season: Summer 2021
VanLife MTL doubles its rental fleet and sets new booking records.
Number of rental vehicles : 22
100% rental rate from May to October!

2021

More than 100 VanLife MTL vans are now on the roads of Quebec and Canada.

2021

Launch of VanLife Friendly.
A project that was born from the desire to accompany vanlifers on their adventures so that they have the best travel experiences, while encouraging local traders.

our team

David
Ceo et Founder

Your favorite roadtrip so far:
A tour of the Gaspésie! Naïma and I know a lot of people there and it’s always a pleasure to go. The landscape, the warm welcome from the locals and obviously for the fishing too haha …

Your dream roadtrip would be …
Why don’t go to Texas … let’s be crazy !!

Photo credit: Magalie Massey Photographer

David
Ceo et Founder

Your favorite roadtrip so far:
A tour of the Gaspésie! Naïma and I know a lot of people there and it’s always a pleasure to go. The landscape, the warm welcome from the locals and obviously for the fishing too haha …

Your dream roadtrip would be …
Why don’t go to Texas … let’s be crazy !!

Photo credit: Magalie Massey Photographer

Martin
Vice-president and Engineer

Your favorite roadtrip so far:
It’s outside the Americas but touring Italy, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Rome, Naples. Good food, good wines, beautiful scenery!

Your dream roadtrip would be …
Across Canada and do the west coast Canada – United States. Obviously when I will be entitled to 2 months of vacation + 15,000 KM.

Photo credit: Magalie Massey Photographer

Martin
Vice-president and Engineer

Your favorite roadtrip so far:
It’s outside the Americas but touring Italy, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Rome, Naples. Good food, good wines, beautiful scenery!

Your dream roadtrip would be …
Across Canada and do the west coast Canada – United States. Obviously when I will be entitled to 2 months of vacation + 15,000 KM.

Photo credit: Magalie Massey Photographer

Catherine
Director, Business Development, Communications & Marketing

Your favorite roadtrip so far:
No choice to say Boston. Definitely my favorite destination for short road trips of a few days. Perfect for stopping off without having to go too far, plus you combine it all with a little trip to the sea via Hampton Beach.

Your dream roadtrip would be …
I would really like to go down to Louisiana. Pass through Nashville and go to New Orleans, see the bayous and drive on the River Road.

Catherine
Director, Business Development, Communications & Marketing

Your favorite roadtrip so far:
No choice to say Boston. Definitely my favorite destination for short road trips of a few days. Perfect for stopping off without having to go too far, plus you combine it all with a little trip to the sea via Hampton Beach.

Your dream roadtrip would be …
I would really like to go down to Louisiana. Pass through Nashville and go to New Orleans, see the bayous and drive on the River Road.

François
Director of Sales

Your favorite roadtrip so far:
My favorite roadtrip is undoubtedly my only roadtrip ? … In Costa Rica. It was beautiful and memorable!

Your dream roadtrip would be…
I would love to go with my family for a long time (even a few months) when my children will be old enough to follow … And especially to listen to the instructions haha.

François
Director of Sales

Your favorite roadtrip so far:
My favorite roadtrip is undoubtedly my only roadtrip ? … In Costa Rica. It was beautiful and memorable!

Your dream roadtrip would be…
I would love to go with my family for a long time (even a few months) when my children will be old enough to follow … And especially to listen to the instructions haha.

Véronique
Coordinator, Communications and Marketing

Your favorite roadtrip so far:
My adventure on the American east coast in a van, but especially the final in Montauk… Definitely a crush for me!

Your dream roadtrip would be…
Going to the American West Coast in a van… I dream of it..Just like I dream of going to Alaska or doing the Canadian West Coast. There is not enough of a life!

Véronique
Coordinator, Communications and Marketing

Your favorite roadtrip so far:
My adventure on the American east coast in a van, but especially the final in Montauk… Definitely a crush for me!

Your dream roadtrip would be…
Going to the American West Coast in a van… I dream of it..Just like I dream of going to Alaska or doing the Canadian West Coast. There is not enough of a life!

Alexandre
Manager, Web Development

Your favorite roadtrip so far:
Hawaii! Tour of the island of Maui in a campervan, passing by the famous Road to Hana.

Your dream roadtrip would be…
Travel the entire US East Coast to the Florida Keys!

Alexandre
Manager, Web Development

Your favorite roadtrip so far:
Hawaii! Tour of the island of Maui in a campervan, passing by the famous Road to Hana.

Your dream roadtrip would be…
Travel the entire US East Coast to the Florida Keys!

Cynthia
Administrative assistant

Your favorite roadtrip so far:
New Caledonia, a magnificent adventure! A road trip from North to South, between the Pacific Ocean, with its incredible shades of blue, and its beautiful mountains of red earth. A diversity of landscapes and a breathtaking biodiversity! Without forgetting the warm welcome of the Caledonians.

Your dream roadtrip would be…
Cross Patagonia and its 1000km of tracks to get to Tierra del Fuego, at the end of the world in Ushuaia!

Cynthia
Administrative assistant

Your favorite roadtrip so far:
New Caledonia, a magnificent adventure! A road trip from North to South, between the Pacific Ocean, with its incredible shades of blue, and its beautiful mountains of red earth. A diversity of landscapes and a breathtaking biodiversity! Without forgetting the warm welcome of the Caledonians.

Your dream roadtrip would be…
Cross Patagonia and its 1000km of tracks to get to Tierra del Fuego, at the end of the world in Ushuaia!

Marina
Representative, Customer Service

Your favorite roadtrip so far:
The islands of French Polynesia. The warm welcome of the people, its culture and its paradisiacal landscapes with its abundant coconut groves and lagoons!

Your dream roadtrip would be…
From Montreal to Vancouver Island. And especially to fly in a paraglider in the rockies!

Marina
Representative, Customer Service

Your favorite roadtrip so far:
The islands of French Polynesia. The warm welcome of the people, its culture and its paradisiacal landscapes with its abundant coconut groves and lagoons!

Your dream roadtrip would be…
From Montreal to Vancouver Island. And especially to fly in a paraglider in the rockies!

The Manufacturing and Conversion Team

Without whom these beautiful vans would not exist!

The Manufacturing and Conversion Team

Without whom these beautiful vans would not exist!

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