Easter 2014

easter-eggWe will be CLOSED Good Friday, April 18th.  We will re-open Saturday at 10am.  See you then!

Outside Magazine – TNF Better Than Naked Jacket

Outside Magazine’s Ali Carr Troxell reports on The North Face Better Naked Jacket. 

TNFW Better than naked Jkt“When you don’t need it, this five-ounce wind shell scrunches down into it’s own pocket.  When you do, it feels nearly as good as advertised, thanks to chafe-free, flat-lock seams and perforated vents in the back that help keep air flowing.

Merrell Road Glove appears in Outside Magazine Gear Guide

Jusin Nyberg gives the thumbs up to the Merrell Road Glove in the 2013 Outside Magazine Gear Guide.

MERM Road Glove “The Road Glove is a moccasin with a Vibram sole.  The foam is only four millimeters thick, and the ground feels slap-you-back hard, which all but forces you to run gingerly, and with perfect form;  you don’t want to jump to this shoe straight from a traditional, but ease into it and you’ll develop freakish foot strength.  7oz.”

Kingston Road under construction – again

Residents and business owners ready themselves for another disruptive season

Kingston Rd

For the third year, Kingston Road (pictured here, looking east from Dundas Street) residents and business owners will have to prepare for more construction. This year, crews will replace track to accommodate the TTC’s new, larger streetcars set to debut in 2014.  –  Beach Mirror Read the rest of this entry

Troubleshooting – Wet Sleeping Bag

Nothing to do with this article really, but interesting.

This is an Exped Waterbloc sleeping bag just floating in a pond.

Ok, so you’ve managed to completely soak your sleeping bag while on a trip … it fell in the river, got left out in the rain, a moose pee’d on it or whatever. What do you do now?

One of the first things to consider is what you’re going to do tonight, at bed time. That soaked bag isn’t going to do you much good I’m afraid. Hopefully you have a sleeping pad and tent still available. Dress up in all Read the rest of this entry

Nikwax Tent & Gear Solarproofing

NIK TentNikwax concentrated Tent & Gear Solarproof improves water repellency and increases fabrics protection against UV degradation. Use it this spring for a summer of care-free camping.

Maintains the water repellency of tents and outdoor gear.  Protects tents and gear against UV degradation
One application can double the effective life of gear
Gear dries quickly for packing away

Easy to use. 150ml of this concentrate makes 350ml. $15.95

Family camping instruction in Rouge Park

Learn to campIf you or your family have never been camping, here’s a great opportunity to get some first hand experience and guided instruction – right in the City of Toronto!

Parks Canada has organized a weekend at Rouge Park, in the east end, for you!  If you don’t drive, they’ll even pick you up at the Breadblane YMCA right downtown and drop you off when you’re done.  Only $88 for a family of four.  Includes meals, equipment and transportation.  Think that’s a good deal?  T’is.

New and Returning Titles from Lone Pine Publishing

How do Lake and Rivers impact our Health?

ImageNew research has found that ‘blue space’ including sea, rivers, lakes and even urban water features can have a positive impact on well-being, writes Tim Smedley

Most of us recognize the calming effect of a walk by the river or along a beach. Victorian doctors used to prescribe the “sea air” as a cure for an assortment of agues and ailments. Read the rest of this entry

Sitting is the new Smoking …


Richard LouvRichard Louv is Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network. He is the author of eight books, including “The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age” and “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” which have been translated into 12 languages and published in 17 countries.

Sitting is the new smoking. That’s a useful new buzz-phrase for what some health experts are calling the “pandemic of inactivity.” Read the rest of this entry


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