Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.
— Jack Kerouac

why escape outdoors?

Escape Outdoors opened its doors in 2012 because we’re enthusiastic about outdoor living. We also believe in quality products that last. We decided to marry the two.

A secondary purpose of Escape Outdoors is to bring a needed business to the Cape Breton community. Sustainability begins with locally owned and locally supported business, and a business that supports and promotes active living seemed like a perfect choice. We also strive to bring you products that are unique and not necessarily found at other local retailers. Over time we will expand on this goal, and you can help us along the way. We’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions.

Finally, Escape Outdoors fosters the creation of outdoor/active living interest groups no matter how niche. We want to bring like-minded people together to help them feed their passions. Sure, there are the more common-place activities like running, cycling, and hiking, but people get outdoors for lots of other reasons. Are you keen on birding? What about fossil-hunting? Have fervour for wildflowers? Or do you love seeking out remote historic sites? Our interests are as varied as we are. Our community workshops offer small, informal gatherings on a range of topics.

Escape Outdoors is located in North Sydney, on beautiful Cape Breton Island, adjacent to the Marine Atlantic Ferry Terminal and the gateway to Newfoundland. We cater to locals and tourists, alike. Our store contains a wide range of gear, clothing and footwear.