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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, and that’s why we created a quick guide for making it as easy as possible: You’re equipped with a lifejacket, water bottle and… 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

What to Bring on Safari

CLOTHING It’s important to keep a few things in mind when packing clothing for a safari first of all being the temperature winter or summer. It’s hot in Africa during the day so light, breathable, and quick drying clothing will be your best bet. In some areas evening and morning temperatures can drop drastically so… Read More

Boat Storage Tips

Although it feels like summer outside, winter will shortly start to creep in and so it will be time to retire the paddling gear for a few months. While the snow and ice are blustering outside it’s important to store you canoe, kayak and / or SUP properly to ensure your gear is good as… Read More

Why invest in a SUP bag?

Why it’s important: Heat Guard Board bags are insulated to keep your bag protected from too much heat. Since SUPs have foam cores heat can get inside inner air pockets and expand which can lead to problems such as de-lamination. On top of having a board bag it is important to remember to always store… Read More

Picking the Perfect Pack

Picking the perfect ‘all-round’ pack can be a complicated journey with so many options on the market. When looking for a bag to cover all  your school / work, travel, and commuting needs there are three styles to consider; duffels, day packs, and luggage. Duffels – the ‘hold all’ of the bag world, duffles are… Read More

How to Be Tick Safe This Summer

It is no secret by now that the number of Lyme Disease carrying Blacklegged Ticks, or Deer Ticks, are on the rise in Ontario. With Ottawa and the surrounding areas being in a ‘hot zone’ for the disease it is important to be educated on what to do if you encounter a tick this summer. Don’t let the… Read More

Summer Footwear

Spring is here, summer is just around the corner! With the warmer weather approaching we are fully loaded with new and old favourite, flip flops, sandals, and causal shoes. Teva Teva Mush flips are a solid go to, year after year they are our go-to flip flops. Tanza and Tanza Leather Sandals, for men, are a… Read More

How to Make the Best of Cold Weather Paddling

Longer days and overflowing rivers have already been drawing quite the crowd this year, especially with the record high water levels we’ve been seeing all over the Ottawa area. Whitewater enthusiasts know this makes for thrilling river runs and great surfing, but these conditions also open up many options for flatwater boaters to explore winding… Read More