It's Our Birthday!

It's hard to believe it, but we are already turning 5 years old at Escape Outdoors!

We've decided to celebrate with a Birthday Sale! All week long enjoy 30% off select men's and ladies' summer styles.

Snag great deals on men's summer shirts, pants and shorts from brands such as Columbia and Toad&Co, and ladies dresses, tops, pants, skirts and shorts from LOLE, Toad & Co., Columbia and PrAna.

A sale like this only happens once a year, don't miss out!

30% off select summer styles this week only at Escape Outdoors.

Fast Times, Slow Food

Come out to our Fast Times, Slow Food evening of great ideas and food, as well as some good news!

We'll kick off the evening with a screening of Unbroken Ground a short film by Patagonia Provisions about the critical role food will play in the next frontier of efforts to solve the environmental crisis. Following the film, Alicia Lake of the Cape Breton Foodhub will give us an update on their work and how you can join the local food movement.

And, the good news will be a presentation of cheque by Mellissa Trudel from Patagonia. The North Sydney Business Improvement & Development Association (BIDA) has been awarded a $2,000.00 conservation grant by their friends at Escape Outdoors in partnership with Patagonia’s wholesale grants program. The project to be funded is a Bee Friendly Organic Garden to be installed in the downtown core.

This event will support the garden project and with a suggested donation of $10, you can enjoy a pint of beer from Breton Brewing Co., light local fare from All Green Organic Farm and Thyme Savour Takeaway Food Shoppe, and a chance to win some terrific prizes from Patagonia.

Limited Seating. Email to reserve your seat and make your donation. This will be an exciting project for the community and your support is appreciated!

Wednesday, May 10th
7-9 PM
Higher Grounds Cafe at Escape Outdoors

Sales/Marketing & Healthy Living Promotion Assistant

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Escape Outdoors is Cape Breton's outdoor store, offering apparel, footwear and gear for those involved in active and outdoor lifestyles.  In addition, EO operates on site, Higher Grounds Cafe, a small coffee shop with seating for 25-30, selling teas/coffees and baked goods.

An important part of our business philosophy is to promote active and healthy living.  As part of that we (1) provide education (2) motivation and (3) access to products/services to facilitate healthy and active lifestyles.  As an example we sometimes provide workshops on various topics (gardening, hiking, etc.) and these sessions educate and get people interested in trying new active activities/hobbies.  We also coordinate and promote various outdoor experiences (snowshoeing, hiking, cycling, etc.).  We are looking for someone to join our team who also possesses the same interests and values and would be excited to work in a like-minded environment.

Job Responsibilities

  • Maintain an understanding of the EO customer and demonstrate a great deal of customer care.
  • Maintain familiarity with EO's product assortment, sales and promotions.
  • Provide product guidance for customers.
  • Assist with visual merchandising, and window displays.
  • Develop next level relationships with customers and initiate proactive communication with them about new product arrivals, events and other store happenings, through social media and other channels.
  • Assist in the organization and roll-out of in-store/cafe events.
  • Help to maintain organization and cleanliness, and restock product.
  • Assist with cafe menu planning.
  • Handling food/beverage service and sales.

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • The successful candidate must be enrolled in post-secondary education. You also must have been a full-time student during the previous academic year and be intending to return to full-time studies in the next academic year.
  • Must be able to work two Saturdays a month and some evenings.
  • Flexible and creative self-starter who is able to work unsupervised within an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Possess a positive attitude, friendliness, and a pleasant demeanor.
  • Excellent communicator, and customer-service oriented.
  • Retail and marketing experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with a point of sale system would be an asset.
  • Interest and experience in outdoor lifestyle activities would be an asset.

Job Details:

  • Nine week term beginning end of June
  • $10.85/hr for 40 hours a week + product discount

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to attn: Sherry or drop off in person during store hours. 

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Deadline to apply is May 22nd.

SaToadDays in June

Every SaToadDay in June there will be a $150 coupon winner!

We know lots of you love your Toad&Co. clothing. You can't be the feel, comfort and special details on these pieces. So, we're excited to announce SaToadDays for the month of June.

For each T&Co. purchase all week (regular price) each customer will get an entry. At the end of each Saturday, we'll do a random draw for a $150 T&Co. coupon for a future purchase.

Check out our new spring/summer line and get your entry in to this amazing contest!

Soup for Seawall: A Fundraiser in Support of Seawall Trail

As soon as we heard about the proposed Seawall Trail, we wondered what we could do to help. We're excited to announce that Escape Outdoors, in collaboration with Higher Grounds Cafe at Escape Outdoors, will be supporting this awesome initiative with a fundraiser, Soup for Seawall!

On April 21st, get a biscuit, a bowl of Soul Soothing African Peanut Soup, and a cup of our kick@ss organic and fair-trade Full Steam Coffee Company coffee for your minimum cash donation of $10.

Our goal is to sell 100 and to raise at least $1000 dollars. 100% of proceeds will go to Seawall Trail. Be part of this exciting development and get your signature on the commemorative poster. Soup is available to eat-in or take-out. Pre-orders required by Wednesday, April 20th. Email to place your order. Pay at the store.

Recap: PJM Knives Presentation

There wasn't a dull moment at last week's talk by Peter McKinley of PJM Knives. 

Peter gave a very informative presentation covering the importance of a sharp knife, and how to get the best edge. There were 17 pretty sharp participants with some excellent questions.

A big thanks to Peter and everyone that came out! Have a suggestion for an upcoming in-store event? Send us a tweet.

Toad&Co + Garments For Good

Toad&Co. makes garments for good. Since 1997, every item of Toad&Co clothing sold contributes to creating opportunity for adults with disabilities. You shop, Toad&Co gives.

We believe, without exception, that adventure and opportunity are possible for everyone. In 1997 T&C cofounded Planet Access Company (PAC) to positively change the lives of adults with developmental disabilities by providing them with job training and work opportunities. Today, 100% of Toad&Co’s inventory is picked, packed, and shipped by the PAC warehouse crew with unmatched reliability and enthusiasm. That kind of dedication deserves a vacation.

In 2001 T&C started Search for Adventure to send adults with disabilities on once-in-a-lifetime trips to the great outdoors. Every Toad&Co garment you purchase directly contributes to sending PAC crew and Search clients on much–deserved vacations. When you shop, they give. 

With more than 80 unique vacations provided to over 200 people, Search for Adventure is one of the programs they are most proud to support. Every year Search clients and Toad volunteers enjoy SFA organized trips to places like the Appalachian Trail, the Bahamas, New York City and an annual trip to Toad&Co Headquarters in Santa Barbara, CA.  

To get a feel for what SFA trips are like, check out this short film produced by the folks at Search, Inc. For more information on Search for Adventure visit 

And, shop and further support the initiative at EO.

Stay Sharp! Presentation by Peter McKinley on the Care of Knives/Bladed Tools

Join local bladesmith and retired chef, Peter McKinley on January 28th at 6:30 p.m. at Escape Outdoors.  Peter will present a demonstration and discussion on the care and sharpening of knives and others bladed tools.  A good sharp tool makes chores faster, easier, more accurate, more enjoyable and most importantly – safer.  This will be an informative, free clinic of interest to many, but especially those who use and appreciate a sharp knife in the kitchen and the outdoors.


Topics to be covered include general care and maintenance of bladed tools, an overview of different blade shapes and angles, and proper sharpening techniques by both hand and machine.  Particular attention will be given to the use of whet stones and leather straps, and their application to knife sharpening. Participants are encouraged to bring in their knives and will receive advice on how to sharpen them effectively and keep them sharp.

Space is limited, so please email to confirm your seat.