Finding the Perfect Thing for the Outdoor Adventurer on Your List

When you find the right gift, one you know the person receiving will truly cherish, it’s so gratifying. It’s also a win-win when you don’t have to leave #myhaliburtonhighlands for it.

The second blog in the #BuyCloseBy series, had me scoping both experiences and products appealing to the Outdoor Adventurer in your life. And, let’s be honest, living in Haliburton County makes this mission far from impossible.

Especially with an organization like Adventure Haliburton. Learn about 15 different places, boasting bucket list experiences for the wanderer and adventurer. Why not start your brainstorm there for activities and guided tours over all four seasons?

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Snowga outdoor yoga being offered by Yours Outdoors. Photo by: Barrie Martin

One place is Yours Outdoors with new offerings for this winter, like Snowga (a combo of snowshoeing and yoga). A trek through the trails of Abbey Gardens, leading you to the serenity of the retreat centre. Includes a yummy lunch ($69) and will be an adventure for your soul and your soles.

Or give the gift of Winter Camping with Kevin Callan, ($95) the Happy Camper, who will talk map and compass, cold/hot tenting and how to light a fire in a few locations, like Bark Lake or Haliburton Forest.

Like the above two ideas? Hit Minden Hills’ Canadian Tire and pick up a pair of Tubbs Snow Glow Snowshoes (reg price $69.99). They have flashing, light-emitting diode lights that use motion bright technology. Made for life in Canada.

And how can we forget Erikord Survival, paracord creations by Erik Morrison from Wilberforce. A clean water survival kit keychain holds two water purification tablets and a paper filter. Most bracelets and chains range from $6-15 very reasonable and super practical.

Also, in Highlands East, Deep Roots Adventure offers gift certificates for a learn to camp experience ($150/person), or wilderness photography workshops ($85/person). So many skills to learn and many options to choose from.

Don’t forget South Algonquin Trails in Harcourt offers pony rides for kids at $10 or sign them up for Saddle Up Summer Camp early and surprise your wee ones this Christmas.

Algonquin Outfitters is also a great place to find outdoor essentials with stores all over the county (original store in Oxtongue Lake, 1961). They offer rentals for all seasons, so whether it’s a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) in the summer or cross-country skis in the winter, they’ve got your adventurer covered.

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Yeti insulated mugs at Minden Home Hardware. Photo by: Jennifer Hughey.

Taking beverages? Minden Home Hardware is promoting Yeti products, like the Rambler 14oz mug ($34.99) – made of stainless steel with double-walled vacuum insulation and Walker’s in Haliburton has some great Thermos 1L Thermal Bottles to use for bringing a hot lunch.

A quick pop into Outdoors Plus in Haliburton noted ideas for the ice fisher person in your life, like portable propane heaters (multiple sizes) and ThermaCELL wireless heated insoles ($139.99). And for walking out in the bush (or even the sidewalk), Nordic Grips for your boots ($25).

My final stop was Joanne Sharpley’s Source for Sports for skiing and snowboarding ideas. They have cute pairs of Kombi junior gloves or maybe even a new board (priced with bindings) this year? Their staff were wearing Hali apparel, Matt Duchene’s new clothing line where his share of the proceeds goes towards Food for Kids Haliburton and carried exclusively at Sharpley’s. Giving to give back!

Photo of Kombi Gloves available at Joanne Sharpley's Source for Sports

Kombi Gloves at Joanne Sharpleys Source for Sports. Photo by: Jennifer Hughey

Don’t forget, you can contact Haliburton Highlands Land Trust to purchase an acre ($50) or half acre ($30) of land in the Dahl Forest or an acre of the Barnum Creek Nature Reserve ($50). What better way to preserve future Outdoor Adventure for all our adventurer friends and family.

Next up in the #BuyCloseBy blog series, Unique Stocking Stuffers!

Posted: November 20, 2018

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