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Hunting/camping Stores

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Sydney, Australia
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Hunting/camping Stores

We will be in Toronto mid Dec and my partner would like to visit a hunting type store, something like Big5 ( I think it was) in the USA

any ideas of where to find the?

We will have a car

Thanks

Haylee

Toronto, Canada
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1. Re: Hunting/camping Stores

Downtown, you could check out Canadian Tire (at Bay and Dundas, attached to the Eaton Centre) and Mountain Equipment Co-Op (on King St West near Spadina). I'm not sure if the latter does hunting, but they're famous for their camping gear.

In the suburbs, Bass Pro Outdoor World at the Vaughan Mills mall is probably the biggest, followed by Sail (which has a Vaughan-area location as well).

Big 5 is a Western US thing and does not have locations in Canada.

Almaguin Highlands...
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2. Re: Hunting/camping Stores

I second mattInTO's recommendations for MEC and Cnd Tire in Toronto, and Bass Pro and Sail in the suburbs north of the city.

If you'll be heading even further north into cottage country or Algonquin Park, stop at Elwood Eps hunting and sporting goods store. It's definitely an old-time hunting store that's been there since just about forever. It's on the east side of Highway 11 just north of Orillia, so about an hour and half from Toronto.

Toronto, Canada
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3. Re: Hunting/camping Stores

I addition to Canadian Tire stores, you can find hunting/camping equipment at Walmart stores, in and around the GTA...................Mountain Equipment Co. specializes in camping equipment, and for "The grandaddy of all outdoor stores" (which is how they bill themselves), there is nothing bigger than the Bass Pro Shops at Vaughan Mills, north of Toronto in the city of Vaughan, approx. 30 min. drive via Hwy 400.................they sell virtually everything there is to sell for the outdoor enthusiast..............

Toronto, Ontario
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4. Re: Hunting/camping Stores

Definitely Bass Pro for hunting. An amazing ref from Joyojac -- Elwood Eps is an amazing place, but it's about 1.5 hours outside of Toronto, so not that easy to get to.

More in outdoor camping gear is Mountain Equipment (aka MEC). They are also climbing gear.

Niagara
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5. Re: Hunting/camping Stores

I'm surprised that LeBaron has not been mentioned. There are 2 stores in the Toronto area, Markham and Mississauga (both just across the border from Toronto) which specialises in hunting, fishing and camping.

They have their catalogue on-line at http://www.lebaron.ca/ and the fall supplement especially covers hunting.

Toronto, Canada
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6. Re: Hunting/camping Stores

For proximity, Sail and Bass Pro in Vaughan are so close together that it may be the option to check out...

Sydney, Australia
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7. Re: Hunting/camping Stores

Thank you for your help, it really is more the hunting type stuff, he loves to look at the guns etc even though we cant bring them home, the price difference is amazing

Toronto, Canada
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8. Re: Hunting/camping Stores

You're welcome!

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9. Re: Hunting/camping Stores

There is also a place called Al Flaherty’s Outdoor Store, which has been open in Toronto since the 40's.

https://alflahertys.com/

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10. Re: Hunting/camping Stores

You won't find much hunting stuff in Canadian Tire or Walmart stores in the downtown core, though you will at branches in suburban and rural areas. I was actually just in the hunting section of the Bay and Dundas Canadian Tire and it was pretty small and lacking. Mountain Equipment Co-op strictly deals in equipment for self-propelled travel -- ie. hiking, paddling, climbing, cycling, and the camping that goes with it -- they do not have hunting or fishing gear.

The one good hunting/fishing type outdoors store within the city of Toronto proper is Al Flaherty's, as northerndecorator points out. If you have a car it will be easy to get to from downtown, located on Dufferin north of St. Clair. Out in the suburbs you have the two locations of Le Baron as gpx pointed out, both of which are close to major highways that you can take from downtown. (I prefer the Markham location personally.) And then of course there's Bass Pro in Vaughan, a major international chain with a department store type format. All of these stores sell general camping gear as well as hunting stuff.

These stores tend to require you to have a firearms Possession and Acquisition License before handling firearms or purchasing ammunition, so I'm not sure how that would work for non-Canadians. Not an issue if you're shopping for anything else.