7:00 PM19:00

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

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6:00 PM18:00

Bigfoot Meetup 2017

It's not long now until the Bigfoot Meetup - Saturday February 11. Mark the date! We'll snowshoe under the full moon! Hot chocolate and a treat will be provided! This is a free event, but non-perishable food items & cash donations will be accepted in support of the North Sydney Food Bank.

Place: Seaview Golf Course, North Sydney (please carpool). 
Time: 6 - 9 p.m. 

6 p.m. - X-Country Skiing for Absolute Beginners - Cape Breton Nordic Ski Club will be on hand with 40 pairs of skis/boots for adults and children to give it a try.
7 p.m. - Guided Snowshoe Hike Under the Moonlight!
6 - 8 p.m. - "Thrill on the Hill" Sledding

Bring a headlamp and your snowshoes, x-country skis, and sleds and choose your favorite winter sport!

This event is supported in part by Northside the Lakes Community Health Board. It is an informal meetup and no participating organization can be held liable for any personal injury or illness, loss or damages incurred as a result of your participation in this event. Participation is at one's own risk.

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6:00 PM18:00

Holiday Hygge

Please join Escape Outdoors and La Quaintrelle for a Holiday Hygge: A private in-store shopping event.

Hygge (Hyoo-gah): comfort and coziness. The feeling of enjoying food and drink with family and friends. Shop at a discount. 

Kick start your holiday shopping with 15-25% off*. This is a private, invite-only shopping event and the store will be closed to the public. 

*15% off store wide at EO and 25% off winter coats, BOGS & Sorels. 25% off storewide at LQ. Excludes sale items and layaways.

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6:30 PM18:30

The Great Tartan Ramble

You know you've always wanted to wear your favorite piece of tartan clothing, while riding a bicycle around town!! We knew it, too! So, Escape Outdoors is hosting the Great Tartan Bicycle Ramble on July 21st. 

This is an event for the whole family, groups or come on your own. Just a $5 registration fee (proceeds donated to Bartown Festival) and EO will provide the snacks and refreshments. 

Wear as little (tie, tam, or socks) or as much tartan as you like (head to toe - kilt, vest and the whole shebang!) and there's a prize for the best, tackiest, tartan Highlander, to be decided by you. 

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Stay Sharp: Presentation by Peter McKinley on the Care of Knives/Bladed Tools
6:30 PM18:30

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

Join local bladesmith and retired chef, Peter McKinley of PJM Knives 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. Space is limited, so please reserve your seat by emailing

Pictured is Peter at his forge. Read more here.

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