MacQueen’s Island Tours is an independent privately-owned federally incorporated travel company based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. We have been operating under the same ownership since 1977. We are registered under the umbrella of our parent company PEI Stoveworks Limited in Canada HST#:88624-2221. Our trading address is 430 Queen Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada C1A 4E8. Our company trades under the names of MacQueen’s Island Tours, WoWCuba.com and MacQueens.com. In Cuba we are represented in the Chamber of Commerce by the Ministry of Tourism’s ground handler Havanatur S.A, Volume II, Page 296. We also maintain a local operations office in Cuba.
We operate & administer the following websites:
www.wowcuba.com – WoWCuba is our Cuba travel site with bicycle, motorcycle, dive & fishing holidays, and of course hotels, car rentals, and flights from Canada & the Caribbean and more.
www.macqueens.com – Independent supported bicycle tours of PEI, guided group cycling tours in Cuba, MacQueen’s Bike Shop, our Charlottetown “Havana Club” spin studio, PEI bicycle rentals & Confederation Trail shuttle transfer info can be found here.
Local News Articles on our family’s Canada/Cuba bicycle & travel company business:
Gordon: Company founder. Born & raised in NY to PEI & NS parents, got married and moved family to PEI in 1976, opened a bicycle shop in Charlottetown, PEI, experimented in retailing windmills & woodstoves, got into organic gardening, operated various seasonal PEI businesses over the years including a U-haul franchise, a summer bmx racetrack in Belfast PEI, an winter bmx/skate park in Charlottetown PEI, a Kawasaki dealership, “The Crier” Ch’tn advertising… Founded PEI’s largest and oldest bicycle business and tour company in 1977, pioneered guided bicycle tours of Cuba in 1994. One PEI resident who’d purchased a woodstove from him many years ago recently remarked that Gordon is a man ahead of his time. When not helping out around the office, he spends a lot of time now making homemade wine, bread, and tending to the great urban gardens at our headquarters.
Kristen: Cuba operations director. WoWCuba website content. Gave piano lessons, worked as a tour guide, flight attendant & airline customer service rep, studied English & languages in University, joined the family travel agency, started accompanying bicycle tours & residing in Cuba in 1994, learned to dive, got married in 2001 so had to grow the business to stay in Cuba with husband and family, kept a sailboat for a few years, became an advanced diver, became a fixture on the back seat of Abel’s motorcycle, kept sanity (mostly, we think) after many years of working in a challenging destination.
Abel: Tour guide. Grew up in a respectable family, earned an international relations degree in Kiev, had a couple of children, fought the war in Angola, worked trading sugar in Russia, worked in sales for a hotel chain, met & married Kristen at an ecotourism conference, managed an optional excursion company, became an advanced diver, became a tour guide for a cultural travel agency, translated WoWCuba to Spanish, restored & rides 2 HD motorcycles from the late 40’s, became a grandfather. Abel’s the voice of reason, and has a great perspective and insight on Cuba’s history and current politics.
Danny: Cuba Tour Leader, MacQueen’s Bike Shop Manager, Mechanic Extraordinaire. Raised in PEI, been working in the bike business since grade 1 (wanting to go to work with Dad instead of to school), studied accounting, got shipped off to Cuba to start a winter bike tour program in 1993, learned Spanish, met an accomplished biking girl, married her and had 3 daughters, He & his family continue to travel between PEI & Cuba every year operating two seasonal businesses.
Dayan Gonzalez Nuñez: Tour Leader, Bicycle Technician
Our “secret weapon” (Danny’s term!) is a young Cuban who’s been working with us since 2015 in our PEI bike shop and as a tour leader with us in Cuba. Dayan graduated from law school in Havana, married an Island girl who was also studying in Havana, and moved north. Now if he’s anything like us, then we bet he feels pretty lucky to be able to travel and work between our two favorite islands. He’s a chef and speaks great English too.
Kelley: MacQueen’s Indoor Cycling Studio owner, occasional Tour Leader. Worked as a legal secretary, studied Spanish at the University of Havana & UPEI, made it through salsa lessons without injury, went on a lot of bicycle tours of Cuba as a co-tour leader, led an Art & Architecture Tour in Cuba, operates an indoor cycling studio at MacQueen’s Bike Shop, property manager at the family business in Charlottetown, works as a customer service rep with Westjet (likes the travel benefits).
David: Our photogenic marketing director, MacQueen’s.com website designer and longtime family friend who moved to PEI in 1971. Started Web marketing in January 1995 and awarded Industry Canada’s “Heroes of the Information Highway” award for his early work. He arranges and oversees our PEI cycle tours and is actively involved in our Cuba sales department.
María: While Maria is our Spanish speaking specialist for our Cuba products in the Canadian office, she also provides a supporting hand for our Island tours. She moved to PEI from Cuba in 1996 and does a lot of the behind the scenes work. She lives in Charlottetown with her husband Gabino and son, Gabriel. Maria is from Artemisa, in western Cuba.