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“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

I'm a cool product that's coming soon!

And you`re gonna love me! We have lots of Yeti in stock, but will soon have more 20 oz tumblers in this awesome brick red! Want to know when it arrives?


Escape Outdoors (EO) is Cape Breton’s outdoor retailer focused on helping you get out into the great outdoors, because quite simply, life is better when you do.

What’s your passion? Do you like to take man’s best friend and run the trodden paths of your favourite forest? Are you a birder still looking for your next great rare sighting? Perhaps your passion is for places and you want to go where you haven’t yet been. Or, maybe you’re still looking for that something that makes you want get outside everyday and experience life a little more closely with nature. Whatever your passion, we're here to help. Through our events, sponsorships, and partnerships we educate, inform and bring like-minded people together to help fuel that passion! And, with our product offering, we make it possible for you to engage in that passion with the apparel and gear to keep you comfortable, safe, and stylish!

Escape Outdoors is happy to represent some of the best brands in the outdoor industry. These companies are not only leaders in the innovation and design of outdoor clothing, gear and footwear, but equally important, many are gamechangers when it comes to doing what they do in an eco-friendly manner. That means something to us and we hope it means some thing to you. Some of our brands include...Patagonia, YETI, Lolë, Columbia, PrAna, MSR, Petzl, Vasque, Herschel, Hotcore, Thermarest, DUER, Naturmania, Opinel, O'Neill, NUUN, Aquatabs, Blundstone, Primus, GSI, Gerber, Backpacker's Pantry, Glerups, SAXX, Sorel, Tilley, Yaktrax, Half Moon, Salus Marinewear, Klean Kanteen, Merrell, Redwing, Sugoi, LOWA, the North Face, Life is Good, Lifestraw, Toad & Co, Chacos, Smartwool, Louis Garneau, Saucony, Nathan, Ruffwear, Osprey, Buff, Kuhl, Darn Tough, Dryshod, Redback, among others.

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.


Very often a business reflects the values and personality of its owners and team. That's our goal at EO. We firmly believe in the philosophy of working hard, doing good and caring for the environment. As well, it's equally important that we foster a workplace of mutual respect, and most certainly, as little stress as possible and some fun! We model the same behavior in our interactions with you, our customers. Here is our promise and what we stand for. By the way, that's George, our shop dog. He's especially customer service focused and is our best greeter :)

Quality Comes First

At EO quality comes first and we're learning more and more that our quality brands are also very often environmentally focused. And, that's important to us. We don't do a "hard sell" at EO because we really don't have to. Our brands speak for themselves.

Customer Service Focused

Professional and friendly service is the gold standard. We aim to greet everyone with a smile and offer our help. We may not have answers to all your questions, but we promise to try and find them.

Oh, we also like it if you just stop by to say, hi, because we consider our customers our friends, too!

Award Winning

Some of our work that has been recognized...

2017 - Patagonia Conservation Grant Recipient for Bee Friendly garden project

2017 - Rising Star Award - Chamber of Commerce

2016- NS Heart & Stroke Walkability Award

2014- Best Active & Healthy Living Award - Chamber of Commerce

Just Play

We provide opportunities to learn and play at EO. Whether it's a Big Foot Snowshoe Meetup, a free Patagonia Film screening, a Try Archery Night or a travel talk from a community member, we really dig coming up with ideas to get people together to learn and fuel their outdoor passions.

Consciously Sourced

Increasingly, we’re seeing many of our brands making a step in the right direction toward a sustainable mandate, but a few of our clothing brands stand out from the others; they are Patagonia, Prana, and Toad & Co.

We promise to continue to monitor our own eco-footprint, as well as that of our brand partners.

Socially Minded

We believe it is the responsibility of a business to support the community that supports it. Since day one of opening our doors, we have worked very hard to give back in many ways. We are proud to have spearheaded lots initiatives and partnered with community groups on others. Check out our blog for some of these stories.


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