More than three decades into its life as the local bike shop the community depends on, Lunenburg Bicycle Barn continues to aid cyclists with everything from repairs, bike sales, gear, and itineraries for tours of the Nova Scotia coastline. The shop’s Trek brand cycles and Louis Garneau kids’ bikes ferry renters and buyers alike across all kinds of local terrain, complemented by gear that outfits riders from helmet to cleat in brands such as Camelbak and Sidi. Cyclists can outfit their rides in wheels that claim to withstand bullets, much less road debris, and the full-service shop’s craftsmen can nurse diverse rides back to road-worthiness under the tutelage of master repairman Al Heubach. Alternatively, the shop arranges single- and multi-day bike tours, the latter of which include pre-booked meals, transportation, and cottage-style accommodations that take the stress out of seeing Nova Scotia by pedal, leaving cyclists free time to convince their handlebars they love them both equally.
Through trials and tribulations, Dacane Surf Shop owner Lance Moore has always strived to provide the best opportunities and gear for wave-tamers. Having hatched the shop's first incarnation in his mother's basement and moved on to locations where break-ins and robberies were rampant, he maintained his focus on learning his trade before finally settling in Halifax. Always looking to stay one step ahead of the sport, Lance and his team seek out the most cutting-edge surfing equipment available from reputable designers such as Channel Islands, Santa Cruz, and Watercooled. His instructors customize surf camps and lessons to help mould burgeoning aquanauts of all ages and skill levels, and hip threads from the likes of Quiksilver and Billabong keep them looking the part. The surf shack also sets up adventurists with stand-up paddleboards, skim boards, body boards, and all the accessories needed to coast the whitecaps or add authenticity to an online dating profile.
Mountain Equipment Co-op gears its customers up for adventure in the great outdoors. The shop stocks hiking, biking, and climbing equipment and accessories, along with all the clothing and footwear you need for excursions in the snow or out on tropical waters. Whether you're searching for a pair of running shoes for a jog around your neighbourhood, or the tools to equip yourself for a weeklong journey through the Alaskan wilderness, Mountain Equipment Co-op is your one-stop shop.
Wicker Emporium’s product buyers scour lands near and far to find elegant home accents for their customers. The practice of travelling to different countries began more than 35 years ago, when the company’s heads joined the crew of a pirate ship to pay off a gambling debt. Today, in 20 stores across Atlantic Canada and Ontario, customers can still browse pillows, quilts, mirrors, outdoor accessories, and shelves imported from local manufacturers and international crafters.
Noble Grape arms amateur vintners and would-be brewmasters with the equipment and supplies they need to craft their own reds, whites, and brews at home. The store's winemaking starter package includes 15 items crucial to turning lowly grape juice into nectar worthy of Bacchus, including a fermenting device, racking accoutrements, a 23-litre glass carboy, a bottle filler, sanitizer, and a moody yet talented wine whisperer to tame the grapes. Oenophiles can choose from a stock of 25 Vintners Reserve wine kits designed to yield 23 litres in varietals ranging from pleasantly acidic chardonnay to bold, palate-blanketing cabernet sauvignon, or opt for a Twisted Mist wine-cocktail kit in flavours such as strawberry margarita and mojito. This option also includes $20 off a future wine-kit purchase.
TAO's cornucopia overflows with a bounty of outdoor apparel and equipment for camping, canoeing, kayaking, and skiing. Lace up your favorite pair of skis and spend 60 minutes soaking in the knowledge of cross-country skiing—beginner's classes teach budding powdersporters the basic manoeuvres, and more advanced sessions are available to help experienced skiers hone existing skills and learn about the latest styles in trans-national snow travel. If skis don't agree with your feet, you can choose to float on frozen water for two days while safely held above snow by a pair of weight-distributing shoes.