In September, Lopes' Sudbury company, Coniston Industrial Park, became the exclusive Ontario distributor for the Sherp, a rugged, amphibious ATV designed to traverse any terrain in extreme operational conditions --from rock to muskeg to sand to ice, the Sherp has passed all tests for durability and performance.
Lopes first came across the Sherp when he was looking for a fun, new toy he could play with on weekends.
One of Lopes' mechanics travelled to Ukraine in October for seven days of training on Sherp maintenance.
Retailing for US$106,000, the Sherp is probably a little too pricey for even the most dedicated weekend warriors.
But because the Sherp is amphibious, a company can have access through the year and zero downtime as a result.
And while there are already several makes of all-terrain vehicle available on the market, Lopes argues that Sherp stands out for its reliability, because it requires less maintenance, while putting the health and safety of personnel first.
As winter approaches, Lopes is eager to test the Sherp against Northern Ontario's cold, snowy conditions.
Two WFP amphibious vehicles (SHERPS
), able to carry 1,000 kilos of cargo, are in service, carrying food and other essentials to otherwise inaccessible locations.