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Trek the Canadian countryside this spring with these outdoor essentials

 

Written by Ross Dias

You pay your dues when you live in Canada. Yes, it’s cold and the winters, long. But as Canadians, we’ve learned to adapt and take full advantage of Mother Nature’s rich bounty. Whether exploring the pristine beauty of our nation’s snow kingdoms or discovering magical, lush forests, the great outdoors have always been but a step away. 

To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary this year, Parks Canada is offering free discovery passes to our national parks and historic sites. What better excuse do you need to pack up and celebrate our country’s natural beauty? Here are a few things you might need along the way…

Oru Kayak

A collapsible kayak makes for an ideal scenario for the individual on the go. Impressively, the Oru Kayak takes less than ten minutes to put together and its sizable width keeps it lightweight, stable and durable on the water. Their Bay kayak is a versatile option that fits a variety of scenarios, from leisurely afternoons by the beach to a well-deserved paddle on the lake after a hike. $1,275

Heimplanet Geodesic Tent

Simplicity and ease of operation are the driving factors to make camping convenient and enjoyable. This three-person inflatable tent needs less than a minute with a pump to be pitched. The geodesic structure eliminates the need for a tent pole and the point-symmetrical slope offers five run-offs for rain. Closable ventilation points maintain sufficient air exchange for the ideal climate inside the tent and multiple sewn-in bags offer storage space for comfort and efficiency. Made from high-quality recyclable material, this is one tent you can rely on wherever you choose to go. $755

Filson blanket

This extra-soft merino wool and cotton blend blanket was made especially for Filson by Faribault of Minnesota. It features a felt trim and was inspired by a Pacific Northwest Native-inspired wolf and iceberg design. Filson has been making clothing for Northern expeditions since the 19th Century, so if anyone knows quality, they’re the authority on it. $280

Roots Canada Tuff Boot

Designed and handcrafted in Canada, this six eyelet lace-up boot, available for both men and women, is made from durable, smooth leather featuring a triple stitched vamp. For comfort, a breathable cowhide leather lining and a foot bed insole keeps the feet dry, and is anti-bacterial, anti-fungus and washable—essential components for anyone embarking on an outdoor adventure. The military sole uses the same rubber as the Canadian Forces, standing up to severe heat, cold, or icy conditions, so you can focus on taking in the sights rather than where you’re walking. $198

Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoody

Streamlined and lightweight, this Arc’teryx puffer features 850 grey goose down that will keep you warm and is easy to pack. The puffer conforms to the body, trapping heat close against the torso to retain warmth, even when wet. $450

Victorinox Expedition Kit

This pocketknife combines a cool 44 functions—including an alarm, a pressurized ballpoint pen and a metal saw—into four inches of pure power. The kit also comes with a ruler with compass and a thermometer, all packed into a Victorinox pouch, ready for your expedition.

Julbo Vermont Mountaineering Sunglasses

Your face can’t get more protected than this. These technical shades don’t just look cool; they’re also incredibly effective. The Julbo Vermont Classic mountaineering sunglasses feature a round lens with leather nosepiece and side shields to block out the elements. The arms can be bent in every direction for a custom fit, and the look takes its cue from the traditional mountaineering style that the brand has become known for. $170

Leica Ultravid Binoculars

As always, Leica offers high-quality optics and mechanical excellence, all packaged into an easy-to-use, beautiful design. The lenses keep flare at a minimum, guaranteeing incredible imagery with outstanding clarity and optimum resolution of details. The shock-absorbent binoculars are all- weather protected against abrasion by an AquaDura coating just in case you happen to drop them while hiking or climbing mountains. $2,200

BioLite CampStove

A phone charger and stove all in one? If there were one outdoor essential geared toward today’s tech-obsessed generation, this would be it. With a lightweight aluminum casing and legs, the BioLite CampStove generates usable electricity from the fire to charge all your camping electronics, like your phone or LED lights. The wood-burning stove can simultaneously boil water and cook food, using the thermoelectric generator. $130