JP and Agnes Gosselin welcome everyone to come out and help them celebrate their 25th year in business at Deboniar Campground in St. Malo.
By Marianne Curtis
What started out 25 years ago as a side business has steadily grown into a lavish family camping park far exceeding the owners expectations.
JP and Agnes Gosselin, owners and founders of Debonair Campground near St. Malo welcome visitors from late April to mid-October attracting several thousand tourists each year to the region. According to Agnes, the campground started as a small sideline business of about 20 basic sites in 1985.
“We decided to create a campground because I wanted a sideline stay at
home job so I could raise my children at home,” explained Agnes. “We got the idea
of a campground from JP’s father who had a campground across the highway.”
The very first year, only two of twenty-five serviced sites were occupied. Despite the slow start an additional twenty-five sites were serviced for the next season. Now the facility consists of 200 campsites consists of 93 full-service sites, 77 electric & water sites, 2 electrical sites and 28 basic sites – 45 are designated overnight sites and 155 are seasonal campsites.
Over the years Debonair has added a variety of services for guests to enjoy. They can unwind in the jetted hot tub and young families can fire around on the tropical beach park, all within a short stroll of their personalized camping sites.
“Today’s camping scene is much different than it was 25 years ago” stated the Gosselin’s. “Today’s campers have the desire to be with nature but not without modern amenities.”
The biggest milestone for the couple, who have been married for twenty-eight years was when JP quit his job to work at the campground full time.
“It was the best decision we could have ever made – once JP quit his other employment we were able to concentrate all our time and efforts on the campground,” Agnes added. “We definitely exceeded our expectations since we created the campground 25 years ago. We are still learning and making mistakes, just less of them. Our motto is as long as we
please most, we’re on the right track.”
Debonair is currently operating at full capacity and has a waiting list.
“People like that they can come here and set up their site the way they want and not have to pack up at the end of the season,” noted Agnes. “Our biggest reward is to walk through the park and witness so many families enjoying the facility we created and how happy memories are being made right here in our park.
To commemorate their 25 years in business, the Gosselin’s have planned a line of fun events through the season. The first event is taking will take place June 26 with live music featuring local entertainers Tickle Trunk.