Trailhead Blog


How To Fit a Backpack

Wearing a loaded backpack should feel comfortable. If you feel like you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, your pack may not be adjusted properly. Here are some tips to help you find the right backpack. Finding Your Pack Size It’s important to choose a pack that’s appropriate to the length of your… Read More

Cross Country Skiing in Ottawa / Gatineau

We’ve asked around and found out where Trailhead Staff heads XC skiing (Nordic). With fresh snow on the ground it’s the perfect time to explore some new trails.

Introduction to Cross-Country Skis

So you’re looking for some cross-country skis? This first time buyers guide aims to help you find the perfect skis to get outside and have some fun! There are many types of cross-country skis, each of them geared to a specific type of skiing. The three types are; classic skiing, backcountry skiing, and skate skiing…. Read More

Caring for your Hiking Boots

From hiking up La Cloche, Eva Lake or Gros Morne, to a charming date in downtown, chances are your boots have seen a lot of miles. As winter gets closer, make sure your favourite pair of boots are ready for all the rain, sleet, slush and salt of a winter.   Full Grain Leather Boots… Read More

Waterproofing Blundstones

Blundstones, Blunnies, whatever you call them, you can do anything and everything in them. They are your go to footwear on a rainy day, a cold autumn day, a snow day, or the brightest sunny day ever. Blundstones are a great shoe with endless capabilities, so make your favourite pair, last longer with a few… Read More

What to Wear Cold Weather Paddling

It’s starting to get chilly, and I know you’re thinking, it is time to pack away the boat for the season. Well, you’ll miss the best paddling season of the year. Watching the leaves change, and enjoying the peace and quiet from the seat of your canoe, kayak, or stand up paddle board, is magical…. Read More

#TrailheadTips: Boat Storage

The seasons are changing, and the cold wind will start to blow in thoughts of storing your canoe, kayak or SUP for the winter months. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about prepping for winter and storage for your canoe, kayak or SUP, (Stand Up Paddleboard) for winter, or a year-round storage solution…. Read More

Behind the Brand: Starboard SUP

At Trailhead Paddle Shack we take pride in carrying brands that do their part in protecting the environment. Through the #BehindTheBrand series we’ll take you behind the brands we carry and showcase their history and what they’re doing to protect our planet. History: Starboard SUP produces some of the best boards on the market, they’ve been… Read More

#TrailheadTips: Paddling with your Pooch

We all love paddling across a sparkling lake in the summer, now imagine doing that with Doggo by your side.  Bringing your pooch on a paddling trip can be a tricky endeavour. We created a quick guide for making it as easy as possible: You’re equipped with a lifejacket, water bottle and sunscreen, and your… Read More

#TrailheadTips: You’ve got a SUP! Now what?

You’ve treated yourself to a Stand Up Paddle Board, now what do you do? We talked to our staff here at Trailhead Paddle-Shack and asked what tips they have for the first time out on a Stand Up Paddle Board. With their feedback we’ve got some quick tips to get you comfortable on the water and… Read More