Toronto stores to help you experience the great outdoors

Torontonians are a hardy bunch who love to get outside, no matter what the season. Outdoorsy people know that when it comes to back-country adventuring, stocking up on the right equipment ahead of time is key. If you’re heading up north and need some new gear, try out one of these stores specializing in hiking, camping and climbing accessories for the great outdoors.

Europe Bound

1
383 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K1

Don't let the name fool you, this shop has everything you need to explore Canada's rugged landscape. These guys have been in business for a long time in Toronto, and they have pretty much anything you might need for having fun in the great outdoors. You can find sleeping bags for cold weather, camping stoves, great thermals, all-season tents and hiking boots, among many other items.

MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op)

2
400 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K2

This store likely needs very little introduction, but if you don’t know much about it, MEC started as a small outdoor equipment co-op in Vancouver in 1971. They have expanded all over the country now, but are still Canadian-owned and operated, and their selection of outdoor lifestyle equipment is second to none.

Central Surplus

3
579 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z2

Perhaps hunting with guns is your thing, in which case this store will be right up your alley. If you’re likely to be scared off by the hunting and military aspect, try to see beyond the ammo to the great selection of long underwear, compasses, knives and sleeping gear.

Threads Lifestyle

4
950 Kingston Rd, Toronto, ON M4E 1S7

Located in the Beaches, this store has become a great option for those in the east end to stock up on equipment needed for any kind of outdoor traveling or adventuring. Cooking gear, a great selection of sleeping bags, and layering clothing are among the many items you can find here, along with incredibly friendly and knowledgable staff.

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