Canadian anglers and hunters love their gear. Or at least major outdoor retailers seem to think so, judging from the flurry of new hunting and fishing stores unveiled this autumn.
The latest announcement is from Bass Pro Shops, the giant U.S.-based outdoor retailer, which will locate it’s fifth Canadian store in Kanata, Ontario, just outside Ottawa.
Scheduled to open in mid-2015, the new 120,000-square-foot store will be located at Highway 417 and Huntmar Drive, directly across from the Canadian Tire Centre arena, home of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. Along with hunting, fishing, camping and other related outdoor recreation gear, it will also feature an Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill, with family dining and bowling lanes.
In October, Bass Pro Shops announced a similarly sized new store in Moncton, New Brunswick, set to open in early 2015. Other Canadian Bass Pro Shops store locations include Vaughan, Ontario, and Rocky View, Alberta, with a Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, outlet opening in spring 2014.
This new location “will allow us to serve the area’s many sportsmen and women as well as those visiting Ottawa,” said Bass Pro Shos founder Johnny Morris. Ottawa mayor Jim Watson also applauded the announcement as “great news.”
Bass Pro Shops competitor Cablela’s Inc. has also been expanding rapidly in Canada. Just a day earlier Cabela’s unveiled plans for a competing 50,000 square-foot store in Moncton, and in October the company announced a new outlet in Nanaimo, B.C. There are currently four Cabela’s stores in Western Canada—Saskatoon, Regina, Edmonton and Winnipeg—with a second Edmonton location to open in spring, and a Barrie, Ontario, location opening in fall 2014.
Specializing in hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor recreation gear, Bass Pro Shops’ 79 outdoor stores are known for combining retail with entertainment, conservation and outdoor education. Outdoor World stores feature massive interior log and rock work, large indoor aquariums and water features stocked with native fish species, as well as an extensive collection of fish and wildlife mounts.