Since 1982, AquaSport has equipped competitive and recreational swimmers with suits, accessories, and training equipment. Five brick-and-mortar boutiques carry thousands of trendy trunks, two-pieces, and Victorian-era swimming jackets from more than 100 brands including Nike, Speedo, TYR, and Arena. A large athletic section holds specialty apparel and equipment for watersports such as water polo, triathlons, and professional cat bathing.
The Running Room is proudly a family owned company, which originated in 1984 out of founder John Stanton's wish to purchase quality running shoes from someone knowledgeable about the sport. He opened a small one room store in the renovated living room of an old house in Edmonton, hence the name, "Running Room."
One of the first FlowRiders available in the area, Maeva Surf’s indoor system grants surfing aficionados a place to ride waves safely no matter the season or weather. The double FlowRider’s powerful pumps hurl water, like a schoolchild with a squirt gun, at 40 km/h along a trampoline-like surface made of tightly stretched canvas, creating two waves that accommodate a maximum of six surfers. During the introductory FlowBoard class, students absorb 30 minutes of instruction covering safety techniques and wave patterns, followed by 30 minutes on the waves themselves. Each ride on a flowboard lasts anywhere between 1 and 45 seconds depending on the level of expertise of the riders and whether they believe time is a construct of the mind. Meanwhile, students with reservations can choose to experience bodyboard instead. After class, students can browse the attached shop for beachwear and surfing paraphernalia such as Oxbow sandals ($17), a Rip Curl bathing suit ($50), and an O’Neill belt ($23).
A fifth-generation Pontiac resident, Pure Life Adventures’ owner, Ray Breztloff, stays loyal to his homestead, leading outdoor excursions among the untouched natural surroundings of the Pontiac region and Ottawa Valley. Breztloff and his team of guides train in topics such as canoe instruction, swift-water rescue, and Leave No Trace camping, in which humans depart each campsite as if only a bear had built a fire there. Whether teaching courses or leading expeditions, they help their charges safely enjoy the wilderness with activities such as map-and-compass navigation courses, canoeing trips, and summertime dogsled rides. To make the most of long winters, explorers can strap on snowshoes and trek through the frozen woods or hone their outdoor-survival skills by knitting pine needles into tents on camping trips.
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.