Trailhead Blog


21 Gift Ideas For Your Outdoor Valentine

Having a hard time deciding what to buy for your outdoor loving valentine this year? Do not fear – we are here to help! With ideas for everyone from campers to travellers, and options to suit everyone’s budget. This valentines day, spread the love, the love of the outdoors! Black Diamond Moji Lantern $23.99   … Read More

New Gatineau Park Ski Condition Map

If you are planning a day out on one of Gatineau Park’s many ski trails then we have some good news. Getting information on trail conditions has never been easier thanks to the NCC’s new interactive trail map! Weather you are planning on strapping on classic, backcountry, or skate skis this map will have you planning a… Read More

Canadian Made Parkas

Who understands winter in Canada better than fellow Canucks? Parkas designed and made in Canada are sure to stand up to the worst conditions that winter in the Great White North has to throw your way.

Hawaii: Breathtaking Oahu and Big Island Hikes

On Hawaii’s island of Oahu there is an abundance of outdoor adventures waiting for you. For the experienced hiker looking for a coastline view with a moderate amount of difficulty, I recommend the Pillbox Hiking Trail. With beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, this trail is about a 45 minute drive from Waikiki beach. Once you reach… Read More

6 Reasons We Love Iceland

Iceland is any outdoor enthusiast’s dream destination and we here at Trailhead Paddle Shack are no exception to those who dream of exploring this island enigma. The rugged beauty calls to the adventurers in us. Ask any of our staff members who have visited what they love about Iceland and they will list reasons for… Read More

Introducing Armerlite Canoes

Trailhead Canoe, a manufacturer, retailer and wholesaler of canoes and paddlesports products, has announced a new-to-Canada canoe material: Armerlite. Armerlite is a thermo composite material composed of an interwoven glass fiber with polypropylene plastic. The material is layered in a canoe mold, vacuum bagged and cooked in a large oven where the polypropylene and fiber… Read More

Jamaican Adventures

On a recent trip to Jamaica’s north coast I had the opportunity to take part in a variety of action packed adventures. I stayed in the port town of Ocho Rios, but a lot of these activities are easily accessed from the more popular Montego Bay. Now a winter trip to the Caribbean always means R&R… Read More

Starboard 2016 Inflatable SUP Construction

Starboard has been an innovator in the world of board sports for over 20 years, constantly pushing the industry with innovative designs and construction techniques. The 2016 season is no different, bringing among other things, a complete redesign of Starboard’s inflatable sup lineup, with the introduction of several new models as well as new constructions…. Read More

5 Essentials I Bring on Every Trip

We often get customers in the store purchasing items for backpacking trips filled with questions about what to bring. With so many options available, finding the right products that suit your needs can be a little overwhelming. Everyone has their own opinions about what is and isn’t needed, but these are my “5 faithfuls”. These… Read More

Ottawa / Gatineau Ski Trails

Cross country skiers in the Ottawa / Gatineau Region are a lucky bunch, we’ve got great xc-skiing opportunities all over the city. Get your skis, boots, poles, clothing and wax and hit the trails! Gatineau Park Ski Trails With options for skate skiing, classic skiing and back-country skiing, Gatineau Park boasts over 50 different ski… Read More