OUR 6 FAVORITE STORES IN OTTAWA FOR HIKING GEAR

How lucky are we to have a plethora of choices when it comes to hiking gear stores in Ottawa? I remember chatting with a fellow hiking friend who lives in a small town and her telling me she only has ONE store to buy her gear from.

WHAT?

Before a big hiking trip, I frequent 3-5 stores constantly until I find EXACTLY what I’m looking for.

Uh oh, maybe that makes me high maintenance.

Whatevs, here are our 6 favorite hiking gear stores in Ottawa!

6) CABELA’S

Cabelas- Hiking gear

Alright, yes, Cabela’s is technically a hunting and fishing store but guess what? Hunters and people who fish wear a lot of the same gear that us hikers wear.

We have a strong connection with and love for Cabela’s because they’ve invited us to be guest speakers twice now at their Ladies’ Day Out events, which have been super cool for us to participate in.

The store is also massive and lots of fun to explore. Last year I bought a kickass Sea to Summit sleeping pad at Cabela’s and the salesperson was awesome. When we went back for LDO, she remembered me and we had the chance to catch up and I told her all about the adventures my trusty sleeping pad had seen since I bought it.

5) ICEBREAKER

Ice Breaker- Hiking gear

All hail Icebreaker merino wool!

Aaaand now there’s a store at the Rideau Centre. RIP, savings account (insert waving hand emoji here).

It was only this past winter that the magical brand made its way into our lives and since then, it’s kept us cool in unbearably muggy rain-forests and cozy on frigid -30 degree hikes.

We love you, Icebreaker. Never change. (JK, lower your prices so we don’t go bankrupt.)

4) TRAILHEAD

Trail Head- Hiking gear

Have I ever walked out of Trailhead empty handed? No. Have I ever experienced buyer’s remorse afterward? Hellll no!

From the friendly, yet non-pushy sales staff to the sheer volume of brands offered, Trailhead is a favorite HikeAddicts go-to that never disappoints.

And the sales! Unreal. End of season is the time to go. At the end of the winter last year I snagged a pair of Lole leggings for 80% off. I didn’t even know that could be a thing!

3) BUSHTUKAH

Bushtukah- hiking gear

Bushtukah hooks us up with a wicked discount, as part of the Dream Mountains team, so we obviously had to give them a shout out. It’s also where we purchased our first pieces of Icebreaker merino wool (before the store opened up at the Rideau Centre) so it will always have a special place in our hearts.

Yes, that’s how much we love Icebreaker.

If you’re from Ottawa, then chances are you know what I mean when I say that I can’t say the name of this store without going “Bushtukahhhh-tukah.”

2) MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT CO-OP

MEC- Hiking gear

Oh, MEC. You really are a second home. Bonus points for location too because I’ll use any excuse to visit Westboro (I may or may not be sitting in a coffee shop in WB writing this post).

MEC has a great selection of Goretex gear, hiking boots, hiking socks… You name it. If I had a dollar for every hour I’ve spent in MEC… Oh God, let’s not go there.

1) SAIL

SAIL- hiking gear

If you haven’t been to SAIL yet and you’re in or even CLOSE(ish) to Ottawa, drop what you’re doing and make the trip. Yes, it’s in Train Yards, which I’m convinced is convenient for absolutely no one, but once you’re there you’ll realize why it’s #1 on this list.

This. Store. Is. MASSIVE.

PLUS, the people who work there are not only wonderful, they’re knowledgeable AF about hiking, trail running, camping… And absolutely everything hiking gear related.

When I went to SAIL to purchase my Osprey day pack for Kilimanjaro, I not only left there with the perfect bag, but with a new friend and follower on Instagram.

You really can’t go wrong with any of these stores listed. If one of them doesn’t carry what it is you’re looking for, then move on to the next one!

Happy shopping!
Vicky

Vicky Castledine

Vicky is a Content Marketing Manager from Monday to Friday and a trail runner/ book lover/ dog hugger after 5 PM and on weekends.

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