Wilderness Supply Blog Updates

March, 2010

Outdoor Shows a Huge Success! Extended Discounts!  Both stores had great outdoor shows over the past week! For those of you who missed the show we would like to announce that we are extending our Show Specials until March 20, 2010.  Visit us in the store or call us to find out more details about our show specials and preseason offers on our canoes and kayaks!

October, 2009

Getting chilly? Visit our stores today to see all the latest fall and winter clothing! New product is now arriving daily!

Get the jump on winter, don't wait because the best styles go fast! Atlas snowshoes are NOW available in our Winnipeg store and online!

A big congrats to all the Swamp Donkey teams who challenged themselves in the race this year. Wilderness Supply staff competed extremely well as Tim and Scott took first in the Advanced Mens and Dawn's team placed first in the Advanced Co-ed category!

September 12, 2009

It's hard to imagine that it is September already! For those who didn't get enough outdoor action over the summer because the weather was poor, the fall forecast is looking great!

Be sure to visit one of our stores over next couple of weeks and sign up for our e-newsletter to get all the details on our upcoming annual Rental and Demo Canoe and Kayak Sales!

Sale Dates

Thunder Bay - Saturday September 12 TODAY!!: 9-5 pm

Winnipeg - Saturday September 19: 9-4 pm

VIEW Winnipeg Canoes for sale HERE.

VIEW Winnipeg Kayaks for sale HERE.

August 1, 2009

July has definitely been an interesting month, the weather has been warm, cold, and rainy. It's hard to know what to expect next. Thank goodness we didn't see any snow! There's nothing we can do about the weather so don't let it stop you from getting out and enjoying the outdoors and doing what you love!

See us in one of our stores today for all the right equipment to get you out on the water or hiking in the back country safely. We have a great selection of paddling and hiking clothing as well to keep you comfortable no matter what the weather conditions are.

From all of us at Wilderness, we wish you a fun and adventure filled August!

June 17, 2009

Tent and Gear Sale Winnipeg!

Don't miss this event running today 4-9 pm and tomorrow 10-9 pm. Nearly 50 models of tents of all sizes and brands will be set up in the field at 471 Hampton St (Just around the corner from the store at Bord-Aire CC). This is the best opportunity in Manitoba to see so many tents set up at one time. Walk through them and find your perfect back country home!

Be sure to visit us instore as well at 623 Ferry Rd. for some great savings! From 10-70% OFF, we have great deals on clothing, footwear, camping gear and more! Don't miss this sale, 2 days only!

May 24, 2009

Due to poor field conditions at this time, we have decided to postpone the Tent and Gear Sale in Winnipeg until June 17 and 18. Please read all the new details here.


May 19, 2009

We hope that everyone had a great long weekend! This week we have new arrivals of Nova Craft and Evergreen Canoes arriving. Both are great quality Canadian canoes starting at $1125. Ask us for more information or to try one out at one of our locations!

New Paddles, PFD's, hiking and camping gear are arriving in the store every day! New North Face clothing and equipment is now instock!

Wilderness Supply has over 5000 exciting outdoor adventure products instock, come down for a visit!


April 23, 2009

New canoes and kayaks are arriving every day. Beautiful kevlar solo and tandem Bell canoes arrived today, be sure to visit next week as well when a truck load of Evergreen canoes arrive! Now is the best time to pick your canoe and kayak - the ice is disappearing - be the first to get on the water!

Paddles, PFD's, hiking and camping gear. New North Face clothing is now in the store!

Wilderness Supply has over 5000 exciting outdoor adventure products instock, come down for a visit!


April 1, 2009

We love winter at Wilderness Supply but we think everyone is getting a little anxious for spring. With even the snowmen getting geared up, you know paddling season is just around the corner!

New product is arriving daily and we are clearing out all of our winter stock at prices up to 40% off! Stop by the store to check out the new arrivals or to pick up that item you were missing all winter at a great price.

Also coming up soon in Thunder Bay are a few Wilderness First Aid courses in May. These courses are geared for those of us who are traveling to places where calling 911 is not an option. Click here for more information.


March 18, 2009

Things are starting to warm up outside! There are many exciting things going on at Wilderness to prepare for warmer weather!

Need some winter clothing? We have great deals on stock we need to clear before the 2009 spring line of clothes arrives. All winter clothing 30-40% OFF!

Pick out or order a canoe or kayak for summer before March 31 and SAVE! 10% OFF on all kayaks over $1000 and save between $50-$150 on your choice of canoe! Don't be stuck without a boat this year. The distance between our 2 stores features some of the best paddling in the world!

Get your klister out! All cross country ski equipment in the Winnipeg store is 30% OFF!


February 20, 2009

Our first ever REEL Film Festival in Winnipeg was a huge success! We had 190 people packing the Park Theatre to watch 7 very cool paddling videos! Thanks to our Wilderness team and prize sponsors for helping to make this such a great event!

Our rivers are at risk! Please visit ISpeakForCanadianRivers.ca to learn more about how Transport Canada is trying to re-write the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA) to eliminate a developer's obligation to consider impacts on navigation when building dams, bridges, causeways or other invasive structures on thousands of waterways across Canada.


February 7, 2009

We would like to remind everyone about the upcoming events. REEL Paddling Film festival will be on February 18 at the Park Theatre (Winnipeg). Doors open at 7 pm for the licensed bar, films start at 7:30 pm. Purchase tickets online or head down to the Winnipeg Store.


January 2, 2009 - Happy New Year!

All of us at Wilderness Supply would like to thank you for a great year in 2008! We want to wish everyone a great new year filled with health, happiness and adventure!


December 21, 2008 - 20% OFF Necky and Ocean Kayaks until December 24, 2008

Surprise your favourite someone with a kayak under the tree! Necky Kayaks offer some great options for touring and recreational kayaks. Enjoy a sit on top at the cabin with an Ocean Kayak. Whatever your choice, your loved one will be itching to get on the water this summer and will be loving you like never before!

Phone us at 204.783.9555 or contact us here for for more details.

Offer available on all instock kayaks until December 24, 2008. Kayaks must be paid in full and taken home at time of purchase.


December 9, 2008 - Announcing REEL Paddling Film Festival in Winnipeg!

Wilderness Supply has teamed up with Rapid Magazine to present an exciting evening of paddling films that will inspire you to get out on the water and enjoy the sport and surrounding wilderness.

Join us at the Park Theatre on Wednesday February 18 at 7:30 pm. Refreshments and licensed bar available. Win some cool prizes and watch some thrilling films!

Limited to 150 tickets only. Available for purchase at 623 Ferry Rd or ONLINE.

Purchase tickets ONLINE here


December 1, 2008 - Snow Donkey Adventure Race Registration Opens

The Swamp Donkey team have joined forces with Fort Whyte Alive to bring you a fantastic frosty event. So shake off those icicles, wax up those old x-country skis and take your bike off the trainer. While you try to remember the last time you strapped on snowshoes, get ready for the latest phenomenon in adventure racing.

This non-stop 3-4 hour event will test the skills and physical abilities of teams or solo competitors.

Disciplines include: Biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, navigation, and special tasks.

Click Here to navigate to the race information page


November 27, 2008 - Fun at Great Big Sea Concert in Tbay

Last night Great Big Sea performed at the Thunder Bay Auditorium. What can I say? Wow! What started out as a romantic dinner and a concert for Mila and Bryan, ended as a staff party at the auditorium.

Out of 3000 seats selected at random, we somehow ended up sitting directly beside Adam O'Connor (our loyal part-timer). It's funny how the staff just keep gravitating towards each other - This is the second time this year that we have randomly found ourselves sitting together at the same venue!


November 26, 2008 - Wilderness Supply Communities Fund Created

The WSCF was created by the staff of Wilderness Supply with a personal investment of $500.00 on November 25, 2008. We recognize that outdoor activities promote healthy lifestyles, promotes awareness of our environment and builds personal character. We would like to encourage others to be leaders in our communities by our example.

Small dollar grants are made available through the WSCF and was created specifically with non-profit, outdoor oriented groups in mind who require complete or partial financing for a specific one time project being conducted in the near future.

Learn more about the WSCF and how we can help your group.


November 23, 2008 - Climbing at Vertical Adventures

Wilderness Winnipeg staff spent a great evening climbing at the newly renovated Vertical Adventures.

The gym looks great and everyone had a blast scaling the walls and working on some tough routes and bouldering moves left over from the competition last weekend.

Wilderness Thunder Bay has the most impressive climbing department of any store in central Canada! Be sure to visit the climbing section on this website. If you live in Winnipeg, just let us know and we will transfer the gear to our Winnipeg store for you!


November 20, 2008 - Staff Team Builder, Donate Blood!

Canadian Blood Services is running a campaign right now to increase their blood stocks as they are getting desperately low! Call 1.800.TODONATE today and book your appointment to donate blood!

A big thanks to Dave for organizing our first trip to CBS. Although we had good intentions this morning, we were only 1 for 5. They wanted Dave's blood but not ours! Be sure to call ahead on the 1.800 number if you have any questions about whether you are able to donate blood. Within the last year, Rick and Barry were in rural Mexico, Dawn was in Morocco and Nepal and Shippy was in India.

Thanks Dave for organizing this team builder, maybe our next one will be more successful! I'm sure you enjoyed our moral support and the 5 nurses swooning over your chair while you donated!


November 18, 2008 - Ice Trekker Studs

The streets of Winnipeg are pretty icy after our first snow. Tbay, it won't be long until you are in the same boat!

Pick up some metal studded Ice Trekkers from either store today and get a grip while you're walking outside. How many times have you slipped on an icy sidewalk or fallen on your butt when getting out of your car? You would be surprised how much traction these provide. Ice Trekkers are rubber and can slip on right over your shoe or boot.


November 11, 2008 - CLOSED on Remembrance Day

Take a moment at 11 am this morning to remember those who served for our country and the great sacrifices they have made Both of our stores will be closed today but will re-open on Wednesday at 10 am. Have a great day and we will see you tomorrow!


November 3, 2008 - GV and Atlas Snowshoes INSTOCK

The weather is beautiful outside, enjoy it by going for a paddle or a hike. Dawn from the Winnipeg store ran the Hunt Lake trail near West Hawk Lake and said it was in beautiful condition. If you are out and about enjoying the nice weather in the city, stop in to one of our stores - all of our 2008 snowshoes are instock now!

Thunder Bay has a great selection of GV snowshoes and Winnipeg has tons of Atlas snowshoes. Wilderness sells out of snowshoes every year as this is a very fast growing winter sport so be sure to get here quick and pick yours out today. We have cold winters but the winter can be a super fun time of year, get out and enjoy it!


October 29, 2008 - Rent a Canoe for the Fall

The weather has been great for the last few days! Take advantage of the nice fall. We still have canoes for rent! All canoes will be $25 per day until there is ice on the water - even our ultra light Souris River Canoes.


October 17-19, 2008 - Staff Training Retreat

The full time sales staff from both the Winnipeg and Thunder Bay store met at Falcon Trails Resort this weekend for some fun and training. We spent 10 hours training to help us provide even better customer service to make your experience at our shop the best ever! We brainstormed many ideas on courses and programming that we would like to provide you to learn and better connect with other adventurers. Other topics included making our store processes more efficient, building better relationships with our customers, how Wilderness can lead by example in our community and industry. All of the Wilderness Supply staff are deeply passionate about encouraging others to participate in outdoor activities. It is our goal to help you have the best experience both in our stores and in the great outdoors!

We had a ton of time to get to know everyone from both stores this weekend through our hot tub parties, Cranium games, awesome meals (thanks Dawn and Mila for picking up the food!). We biked the trails at Falcon. See Scott below (our newest team member in Winnipeg) who did his first ever rappel when we set up a 100 ft rappel on Falcon lake and rappeled into a canoe.


October 16, 2008 - LaSalle River Paddle

Mila, Bryan, Rick and Elysia went for a paddle last night on the La Salle River in Winnipeg. The water is starting to get a little chilly but if you dress for the weather, there is still a lot of quality paddling time left. Come visit us if you would like to know more about the type of clothing and gear that makes cold weather paddling enjoyable. Of course it also gets dark early these days and paddling in the dark can be quite exciting and relaxing. Don't forget to take your headlamp! Finishing up at the nearest pub with beer and wings is always fun too!


October 14, 2008 - Winter Clothing Arriving at Wilderness Supply

New Winter 2008 clothing is beginning to arrive and we have more than ever before. We have tons of Smartwool socks in many different styles (if you have tiny tots, make sure you check out the baby socks and hats!) North Face, Mountain Hardwear and Mammut winter outerwear is hitting the shelves right now!