Frontenac Outfitters Spring Sale
With spring upon us and the lakes beginning to shed their winter coats the 33rd Annual Frontenac Outfitters Spring Sale & Open House is just around the corner!
With hundreds of boats in stock already, our shop is loaded with canoes, kayaks, and SUP’s from the world’s leading manufacturers and they’re eager to find homes. The Frontenac Outfitters Spring Sale is the perfect opportunity to buy with the season’s best prices and widest selection available.
And here’s the cool part… you get to test paddle everything (boats, boards, and gear) for free! I can’t think of a better way to determine what’s right for you than trying before buying, can you?
At the 33rd Annual Spring Sale, we will be unveiling the new Storm series and Greenland thermoform kayaks from Boreal Design! The Storm series is a great compliment the best selling thermoform boats from Delta Kayaks, and the Greenland is an excellent choice for those looking to expand their paddling skills without having to pay the premium price of composite builds.
Here’s what else to expect during the Frontenac Outfitters Spring Sale:
- Over 80 different models of Kayaks, Canoes, and Stand Up Paddle Boards
- See What’s New and Paddle New & Improved 2017 Models
- Greenland Paddle Building Workshops – Two Classes
- FREE Coffee and Donuts
- Save 15% on cool Level Six Paddle Gear & Clothing purchases
- Meet Reps from Leading Paddlesports Manufacturers
- FREE Wooded & Waterfront Campsites (must pre-register)
Event Time & Date
- Fri. April 28th – 9:00AM – 6:00PM
- Sat. April 29th – 8:30AM – 6:00PM
- Sun. April 30th – 8:30AM – 6:00PM
Meet the New Owners
As many of you may know by now, long time owners, Larry & Christine Showler, have made the decision to paddle off into retirement. This means Frontenac Outfitters will be under new ownership for the 2017 season!
The Frontenac Outfitters Spring Sale is the perfect opportunity for new and old customers alike to come out and meet the new owners, Zack and Kiley Fiddis. It’s also a great chance for those to give a fond farewell to Larry and Chrissy as they transition to the next stages of their lives.
“Frontenac Outfitters has given us not only a great quality of life for the last 23 years, but it’s also allowed us to meet the finest, genuine people over the years. While many started as customers, they have all become friends, and that’s something we wouldn’t trade for the world. The great folks we’ve had the honour to meet will be one of the things Chrissy and I will miss the most. We can’t thank you enough for all the fond memories!” – Larry Showler
Meet the Makers!
As this is the region’s most popular paddlesports event, reps from leading manufacturers go out of their way to attend the sale. This includes flying across the country just to be sure they are present to answer any questions you may have about their products!
Here’s a look at who’s coming:
Mark Hall – Kayak Distribution
Mark oversees all of Kayak Distribution’s brands (Boreal Design, Riot Kayaks, Beluga Gear, and Riot SUP) as their Director of Sales & Marketing. As a longtime friend and colleague, Mark understands the unique needs of Frontenac Outfitters and our customers and has been a huge help to our success.
Always willing to listen to feedback and provide insightful advice, Mark listened to our need for a lightweight kayaks that fit paddlers properly. With that in mind, he spearheaded the design and manufacturing of Boreal Design’s Storm Series of thermoform kayaks which will be unveiled during our spring sale.
Mark will be available throughout the weekend to chat with customers and answer any question regarding Kayak Distribution’s products.
Patrick Quinney – Level Six
Pat is Level Six’s Director of Sales for all of North America, and we are lucky to have him as our personal rep. from the company. Level Six is homegrown, Canadian business that offers quality paddlesports gear, clothing, and stand up paddleboards.
Pat will be on-hand throughout the weekend with Level Six clothing such as dry tops & pants, gloves & booties, and a number of other related gear items. These products are available for purchase during the sale with 15% off on everything he brings! Quantities are limited to what Pat can load on the trailer, so be sure to take advantage of his expertise during the sale.
Jill Ellis – Adanac Paddles
Jill is Adanac Paddles’ Master Carver and a world-class woodcarver with over 40-years experience. She also shares our passion for paddling with a love for traditional Greenland style kayaking and the history of paddle making.
Last summer, Jill held a Greenland Paddle Building Clinic at our shop that was met with tremendous success. This year’s sale features two workshops with one on Friday and one on Saturday! While all the details have yet to be carved out, send us an email to let us know you’d like to sign up! Spaces are limited, so be sure to sign up early in order to guarantee your spot.
Cost: $175 + 13% tax
Date: Friday, April 28th & Saturday April 29th
Deadline to Register: April 15th
Jeff Hill – H2O Canoe Company
Jeff is the owner and manufacturer of H2O Canoe Company who in our opinion makes some of the best canoes available in North America. With a background in boat building, seeing firsthand the benefits of high grade materials, resins, and advanced manufacturing processes, Jeff has rejuvenated the industry with innovation.
Andrew Stirling – Confluence Outdoors
Andrew is Confluence Outdoors’ Sales Rep. for all of Eastern Ontario, and he has been part of Frontenac Outfitters’ success throughout the years. By representing all Confluence Outdoors’ product lines (Wilderness Systems, Perception Kayaks, Dagger Kayaks, Mad River Canoes, and Harmony Gear) and knowing our business philosophy, he steers us towards the best models from each brand for our shop.
Michael Squarek – Delta Kayaks
Michael is the Sales & Marketing Manager and an integral part of Delta Kayaks. With his vast knowledge of the industry and willingness to listen to and deliver feedback, Frontenac Outfitters has been able to help Delta Kayaks reach the pinnacle of thermoformed kayaks.
Mike will be on hand both Friday and Saturday of the sale to answer questions and provide additional insight to help with your paddling purchase.
Jim Biggers – Aqua-Bound/Bending Branches Paddles & Salus Marine Wear
Jim is our long-standing rep. from Aqua-Bound / Bending Branches Paddles and Salus Marine Wear. His advice over the years has been invaluable when it comes to selecting the best paddles and PFD’s for our customers.
Jim will be attending the sale on Saturday, April 29th, and will happily assist you with choosing the right fitting PFD and ideal choice of paddle for your needs!
With spring being one of the busiest times of the year for those working in paddlesports, not everybody who would like to make it to our Spring Sale can. And certainly coordinating schedules with a lot on their plates is challenging at best!
However, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Some of our manufacturers have yet to confirm, but they are hoping to make an appearance if they can. Keep a look out for updates on this page regarding the arrival of:
- Guillaume Leblanc & Jean-Nicolas Turpin – Owner & Marketing Manager, Abitibi & Co. (Impex Kayaks)
- Mauricio Di Bartolomeo – Owner, Tuga SUP
- Guillaume Morin – Owner, Select Paddles
Keeping Afloat with our Volunteers
If you make the trek out to our Spring Sale you’ll quickly become engulfed into a fun, educational, and truly unique experience! The 30+ volunteers we’re so blessed to have help us will greet you upon your arrival and are happy to share their experiences as paddlers and lend unbiased advice.
Many of our volunteers started as customers, but through their introduction to paddlesports they have become close friends and an essential cog in the Frontenac Outfitters’ wheel! Some are ex-employees who have gone on to greater job pursuits, but just like the Canadian Geese, they return each spring to catch-up and help out.
All share a genuine love for paddlesports along with a strong passion and respect for protecting our waterways and wildlife for future generations! Like us, our volunteers strongly believe in taking the time to properly educate folks as to the pros, cons, and compromises one makes in choosing the ideal boat for their paddling needs.
What does all this mean to you?
It means you don’t deal with high pressure salespeople. Instead you’ll be chatting with people just like you!
We Look Forward to Seeing You Soon!
Offers are available on in-stock items with special orders subject to additional fees.
Looking to get started on your search prior to the sale? Contact Us today to discuss what’s best for you, Canoe, Kayak, or SUP, or with any questions you may have!
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