A question I am often asked is "where can I buy good paddling equipment?" You have a number of good options at your fingertips & I will help you find them.
- Bike Universe - Their universe includes kayaks too! Check them out at 730A Broadway Avenue in Saskatoon or www.bikeuniverse.net, or call 306-244-0200.
- Classic Outdoors - Located at 2225 Speers Avenue in Saskatoon, Classic Outdoors (phone 306-667-7770) has been supplying great kayaks, canoes and paddling equipment to Saskatchewan for several years. Classic Outdoors is providing kayak rentals for Coldspring Paddling's lessons at a great deal that makes it possible for us to offer lessons without owning a fleet of well-maintained kayaks (though my own fleet continues to grow).
- Eb's Source for Adventure - Eb's has been around in Saskatoon ably supplying paddlers for a long time. Check them out at 1640 Saskatchewan Avenue or call 306-652-0385.
Other Outdoor Clothing & Gear
- Escape Sports - Escape is a nice shop located very close to the farmer's market. You can find some cool things here you won't see anywhere else in town.
- Outter Limits - Living on Broadway for as long as we can remember, Outter Limits is a great place get clothing for the outdoors and camping equipment. Don't bother telling them that they spelled their name wrong, they probably know by now. ;)
I often buy used when I can. Here are a few of the places where I can find good used stuff (and as a note, finding used kayaks or canoes is not often easy - people are often unwilling to part with them, even if they are rarely used).
- Outdoorgearswap.com - Mountain Equipment Coop's used gear exchange website.
- Kijiji - I recommend setting up a "kijiji alert" so that you get a notification anytime someone uses a particular keyword (for example "kayak" or "paddle") in their ad. Just make sure you limit the search to the "Buy and Sell" category, or you may find yourself looking at lots of ads for cabins where you can kayak from the waterfront lot.
- West Coast Paddler Buy & Sell
- Value Village - Used clothing can make great paddling and camping wear, especially if it's quick dry. No one cares whether your paddling clothes were made this year or in the previous century, and you can find some surprisingly good items when browsing the used racks. If you paid $7 for a camping sweater you won't feel so bad when it gets a spark hole by the campfire.
Canoe Paddles & Canoe Lessons
- Maskwa Paddle Co. - This has little to do with kayaking (until I convince him to build me a kayak paddle), but Mark Lafontaine of Maskwa Paddle Co. is a friend of mine and he makes some darn fine paddles and teaches canoe lessons. So, if you're looking to learn how to paddle that other great Canadian craft, the canoe, then give Mark a shout. And if you need a fine handcrafted paddle to propel your canoe, then check out his selection of paddles.
- CanoeSki Discovery Company - Cliff Speer has been offering paddling lesons and has been involved in the local paddling community for many years. He focuses on canoeing, offering both lessons and tours.
- Thrive Life - For camping food I have recently become a fan of the freeze-dried and dehydrated products offered by Thrive Life. It's very tasty, and light, stuff to create your camping meals from.