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.

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

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

Why You Need a Sleeping Bag Liner

Whether you are looking to extend the life of your sleeping bag, protect yourself from bedbugs, or add a bit of warmth and versatility to your sleeping system, a sleeping bag liner is what you need! Shape Mummy sleeping bag liners are designed to fit inside your sleeping bag. Rectangular liners can be used inside… Read More

How To Fit a Backpack

Wearing a loaded backpack should feel comfortable. If you feel like Atlas with 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

How To Choose a Flatwater Kayak Paddle

So you just got a kayak, next thing you’ll need is a paddle, you wouldn’t want to be up the creek without one. Choosing a proper paddle is important, after all it is your engine out on the water! Paddle Length: Adult sized kayak paddles for flatwater paddling typically measure between 210cm and 260cm  (whitewater… Read More

Kayak Materials 101

There are a wide variety of materials used in the construction of kayaks. Choosing the right material depends on several factors including weight, durability, performance, and your budget. The three main types of materials used are polyethylene plastics, thermoformed plastics and composite materials (fiberglass, kevlar and carbon fiber). Polyethylene Plastic First used in the 1970’s… Read More

How To Choose a Stand Up Paddle Board

Unless you’ve been living in the desert, or hiding under a rock in a cave on Mars, you’ve probably heard of stand up paddle boarding, or SUP for short. This sport takes its roots from the surfing and canoeing culture of Polynesia, and has exploded on to the world stage over the last 5 years…. Read More