Trailhead Blog


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

Introducing more Eco Friendly Brands

Trailhead Paddle Shack is all about the outdoors, and we want to help preserve the outdoors for many generations to come. One of the ways we are doing this is, buying from companies that are environmentally conscious with their manufacturing, choices of suppliers and materials. We are introducing two such companies at the store this… Read More

Patagonia Leading the Corporate Eco-Consciousness Trend

Thanksgiving is coming up and we thought this was a good opportunity to talk about a growing trend in the industry that we are thankful for; the growing eco-conscience of sports apparel manufacturers. Patagonia has been at the forefront of this trend since it was founded in 1973. Patagonia’s mission statement is: “Build the best… Read More

Hiking in The Ottawa Area

Ottawa, Gatineau and the surrounding area are blessed with thousands of kilometers of hiking trails. The trails are varied in length, access, types of trails and their uses. Most people think of the Gatineau Hills when they consider going for a hike, but the Ottawa area offers hikes in all directions. In the east end… Read More