Outdoor Gear Made in Canada!28 May 2017
When people think of Canadian outdoor brands, you almost immediately think of companies like MEC, Sorel or Canada Goose. They aren’t the only ones around however. We thought we’d share a few that aren’t only managed in Canada but whose products are also made in Canada!
Peter Brebner and his small team have no website and they don’t need one. They’ve been busy making and repairing packs and tents for decades from facility in Ottawa’s Britannia Village neighbourhood.
This British Columbia outfit manufactures technically advanced clothing for a bunch of different activities for over 30 years. Today, in North America, they sell exclusively online, direct to consumers.
If you’re going on a bicycle tour or bikepacking trip, Porcelain Rocket might have some useful products for you. Some of their products are pushing the envelope when it comes to equipment for this style of bike touring. Their stuff has even made it onto the racks at Mountain Equipment Co-op – which isn’t bad for what is an essentially one-man operation in Calgary.
This bike touring bag company might be more known in the United States than in Canada but most of their products are made in Sherbrooke, Québec. A good selection of them are available at Bushtukah where RTA members can use their membership card to get a 10% discount!
Y Not started out focused primarily on urban cycling accessories like pedal straps and messenger bags but over the last few years, they’ve branched out to create a variety of backpacks and other travel-related items sewn in Toronto. They even teamed up with bushcraft expert and Youtube star Joe Robinet.
It’s no secret that Canada is awesome at building canoes and it’d be impossible to name all the canoe companies but, here are a few in no particular order. Each company tends to have their own specialty so if you’re in the market for a canoe, click around and you’ll eventually find something that suits you! Langford Canoe (Dwight, Ontario), Souris River Canoes (Atikokan, Ontario), Composite Creations (Vanastra, Ontario) Nova Craft (London, Ontario), Swift Canoe (Gravenhurst, Ontario), Abitibi (Rouyn-Noranda, Québec), Esquif (Frampton, Québec)
Did we miss any? What’s your favourite Made in Canada outdoor brand? Let us know in the comments!