Explore the Outdoors With Our Favourite Family Day Activities

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Family Day is almost here! While everyone loves a long weekend, we particularly love that Canadians are given a day off in order to spend quality time with family. This long weekend is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your fam and appreciate all of the amazing things that Canadian winter has to offer (hello, Winterlude!). Today we’re listing 3 activities you can do with your family this Family Day; whether you’ll be on the slopes, by the fire, or getting outside, we hope that you have a wonderful weekend with your loved ones!

On the Slopes

The ultimate Family Day pastime! We love the idea of spending the whole day on the slopes with your family – whether you’re just starting out or you’re a family of expert racers! Be sure to stay warm and cozy on the hill in order to make the most of your day. Layer up with technical baselayers, and find the perfect ski jacket to get you through the season. (PS – have you thought about taking advantage of our ski & stay pecial with Panorama Resort?)

 

By the Fire

After a long day on the slopes, what’s better than getting cozy in front of the fire? Bundle up in your favourite loungewear and spend some quality time with your loved ones, all while enjoying the crackling heat of a fireplace. We suggest leaving the devices in another room and enjoying each other’s company tech-free!

Get Outside

Is skiing not your thing? No worries. Our new favourite winter activity is snowshoeing! It is the ultimate workout (your legs may be unhappy for a day or two afterwards) and it allows you to experience the slopes without high speed equipment. It’s also a fun way to experience the outdoors as a family – anyone can snowshoe! The leisurely pace of snowshoeing lets you slow down and appreciate the beautiful Canadian winter around you.

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Panorama Resort Ski & Stay Special

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Located just 3.5 hours outside of Calgary, Panorama offers one of the easiest mountain resort vacations you’ll ever experience.

Live your Sporting Life on nearly 3,000 massive acres of terrain across 4,019 vertical feet of fall line perfection. Glide down endless, meandering, corduroy cruisers, or watch future Olympians rip down meticulously manicured race courses. Unleash the hotshot in you and tackle the freshly gladed, powdery paradise of Taynton Bowl. There’s the view of a thousand peaks with iconic Mount Nelson standing tall over the intimate, inviting village. There’s nothing to remind you that there’s a world out there. And in every direction, simply inspiring vistas to wonder at and enjoy.

The best part of this: when you’ve had your fill of fun on the slopes, just ski to your door and relax. Frosty glasses and tale-telling at The T-Bar & Grill. The oohs and aahs in Canada’s largest slopeside hot pools, right next to your ski-to-the-door lodging. Want some cross country skiing? Down the lane. Latte? Down the sidewalk. Pizza? Down the gondola. Everything is right there!

Want more? Check out the Top 10 Reasons to Visit Panorama.

We are excited to offer a Ski & Stay Special in partnership with Panorama Resort!

– Save 25% off condo lodging and 25% off lift tickets on a stay of 4 nights or more.
– Save 15% off condo lodging and 25% off lift tickets on a stay of 2 nights or more.

Click here to book your stay!

 

PACKAGE BENEFITS

– Ski in/Ski out accommodations
– Free exclusive use of the Panorama Springs Pools.
– A wide variety condominium units that all come with a living room and full kitchen.

DATES AVAILABLE

January 23 to February 16, 2017.
February 20 to April 16, 2017.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Promotion subject to change, availability and cancellation without notice. Minimum 4 night stay required to get the 25% off saving or a minimum 2 night stay required to get the 15% off saving. Minimum lift ticket purchase of 2 adults for 2 days each. Package may be extended. Please do not forget to add your lift tickets during the online booking process.

See web for full details.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts Under $50

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Get gifting for the entire family! From ski essentials to outdoor apparel, athleticwear to footwear, classic gifts to the newest and greatest, we’ve got you covered from top to bottom of your list this Holiday season.

Our buyers have rounded up the best gifts for every budget; today we are sharing some of our favourite picks under $50. This price point is perfect for those last minute gifts you need to check off your list. Check out the gift guide for layering necessities, the best stocking stuffers, and gear for the superfan in your life (whether they’re Darkside or Resistance).

Shop for him or for her, and find more great gifts for everyone else at Sporting Life.

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1. Columbia Glacial™ Fleece III 1/2 Zip, $45
2. V Fraas Solid Cashmink Scarf, $19.99
3. Smartwool PhD Check Ski Sock, $32
4. GiftCraft Holiday Red Deer Pillow, $40
5. Hudson’s Bay Co. Double Wall Travel Mug, $24
6. Orage Cultus T-Shirt, $35
7. Rella Oversized Pom Beanie, $45
8. Smith Electra Snow Goggle, $49.99

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1. Herschel Supply Chapter Dopp Kit, $34.99
2. Princeton Tec Helix Backcountry Lamp, $44.99
3. Hudson’s Bay Co. Ribbed Wool-Blend Scarf, $40
4. Patagonia Live Simply® Mornings T-Shirt, $39
5. Stance Force Sock, $29
6. Herschel Supply Abbott Beanie, $22
7. adidas Originals Jersey Logo Long Sleeve T-Shirt, $45
8. Smith Electra Snow Goggle, $49.99

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts Under $100

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Get gifting for the entire family! From ski essentials to outdoor apparel, athleticwear to footwear, classic gifts to the newest and greatest, we’ve got you covered from top to bottom of your list this Holiday season.

Our buyers have rounded up the best gifts for every budget; today we are sharing some of our favourite picks under $100. This price point is perfect for a high quality and thoughtful yet budget-conscious present for anyone on your list. Find fun (and unisex!) pyjamas, cozy winter accessories and the best clothes to complete your friends or family’s wardrobes in our “under $100” guide!

Shop for him or for her, and find more great gifts for everyone else at Sporting Life.

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1. Original Penguin P55 Lambswool V-Neck Sweater, $98
2. Canada Goose Merino Wool Watch Cap, $55
3. Dakine Boot Pack Backpack, $69.99
4. Klean Kanteen 40oz Stainless Steel Growler Bottle, $60.99
5. Woolrich Trout Run Plaid Flannel Shirt, $70
6. BOSS Orange Taye T-Shirt, $85
7. Lacoste Ribbed Scarf, $95
8. Herschel Supply Raynor Leather Passport Holder, $54.99

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1. Nike Roshe One Shoe, $99.99
2. Hatley Plaid Trailing Behind Union Suit, $56
3. Woolrich Motif Mohair Sweater, $95
4. S’well Smokey Eye 25oz Bottle, $57.99
5. Glerups Wool Boot, $99.99
6. Herschel Supply Market Xl Tote Bag, $74.99
7. Kombi La Canadienne Mitten, $60
8. The North Face Half Dome Full-Zip Hoodie, $74.99

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts Under $250

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Get gifting for the entire family! From ski essentials to outdoor apparel, athleticwear to footwear, classic gifts to the newest and greatest, we’ve got you covered from top to bottom of your list this Holiday season.

Our buyers have rounded up the best gifts for every budget; today we are sharing some of our favourite picks under $250. Find the perfect “wow” gift with brand name clothes, high quality winter accessories, or unique statement pieces (we’re looking at you, Herschel Velvet Backpack…)

Shop for him or for her, and find more great gifts for everyone else at Sporting Life!

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1. Sanctuary Plaid Boyfriend Shirt, $139
2. Mackage Pom Pom Toque, $165
3. UGG Dakota Moccasin, $135
4. Patagonia Better Sweater® Fleece Jacket, $169
5. Woolrich Sherpa Rough Rider Blanket, $155
6. UGG Bronte Glove, $175
7. Barbour Tartan Betty Vest, $195
8. Herschel Supply Dawson Velvet Backpack, $129.99

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1. Old Time Hockey Toronto Maple Leafs Vintage Sweater, $130
2. Tubbs Xpedition 25 Snowshoe, $249.99
3. Canada Goose Pendleton Down-Filled Wool Scarf, $225
4. BOSS Signature Leather Watch, $239.99
5. Barbour Harvard Fairisle Sweater, $245
6. The North Face Nuptse Vest, $199.99
7. Kamik William Boot, $189.99
8. Kombi Patroller Down Mitten, $150

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#MySportingLife Back to School Contest

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When it comes to back to school season, we love to talk about the “perfect outfit” for your first day back. Whether you’re off to your first day of Junior Kindergarten or your senior year of University, your outfit should be stylish, comfortable, and true to you.

We want to see YOUR idea of the perfect back to school outfit from Sporting Life!

Share a photo of your first day of school style using the hashtag #MySportingLife for your chance to win a $1000 Sporting Life gift card!

HOW TO ENTER:
– Between August 29 – September 18, 2016, post your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #MySportingLife
– Follow and tag our account on the social platform used:
Facebook – @sportinglife
Twitter – @sportinglifecan
Instagram – @sportinglifecan
– One entry per account.
– Make sure your Twitter/Instagram account is public so that we can see the photo!

To give you some inspiration, our Buyers are sharing some of their favourite back to school looks from when they were kids. Want to gain an extra entry into the contest? Leave us a comment below telling us which buyer’s picture is your favourite! Don’t forget to include your social media username so that we can find you.

ANDREA
Andrea, Outerwear

HANNAH
Hannah, Menswear

JILL
Jill, Allocations

NAT
Natalie, Menswear

ROBYN
Robyn, All Softgoods

SHAWNA
Shawna, Branding

TAYLOR
Taylor, Menswear

VANESSA

Vanessa, Childrenswear

JENN
Jenn, Ladieswear

TERMS & CONDITIONS
– You must be following Sporting Life to be eligible.

– This contest is open to Canadian residents.
– Winners will be contacted via the social platform they used to enter.
– If our team does not hear from you within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected in your place.
– This contest ends at midnight on Sunday September 18th.
– This is not a sponsored giveaway in any way.

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How Do You Hydrate? The Best Water Bottles for Back to School

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Staying hydrated is always important, especially for long days spent at school and extracurricular activities. This fall, we recommend reusable water bottles; they are not only sustainable, but are also unique and offer a touch of individuality. Water bottle brands have taken their designs to the next level and offer a wide selection of sizes, colours, and functions. Below we are sharing key features of some of Sporting Life’s top hydration brands. Take a look at more of the diverse styles that Sporting Life has to offer, and choose the right water bottle for you. How will you hydrate for back to school?

Camelbak may be known for their hands-free systems, however they also offer a variety of easy-drinking bottles that make hydration a breeze. This brand is especially useful when shopping for a younger child- designs are clean, simple, & functional and come in an array of kids sizes & patterns. Camelbak offers insulated and non-insulated options, making this brand suitable for any age group.

S’well bottles are quickly gaining popularity in the world of hydration. This trendy bottle is not only beautiful, but it is designed to keep your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. With a sleek design and two sizes available- 17oz and 25oz- S’well bottles will fit in almost any purse or backpack. With so many finishes, patterns and colours to choose from, S’well allows you to express your personality while getting your 8-glasses-a-day.

Klean Kanteen is a high-quality and durable hydration brand. The best thing about this brand is the variety of sizes and functions that they have to offer. For kids, there are small sized bottles and sippy caps to prevent spills; for long, active days, a 40oz bottle may be the right fit; and for the over-caffeinated university student, Klean Kanteen offers an insulated cup with a café cap. Klean Kanteen bottles come in every colour of the rainbow and- as seen in the image above- are easily clipped onto a backpack. Perfect for the active student!

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Brand Spotlight: tentree

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Photo via tentree.

The concept is simple: buy one item and ten trees are planted. That’s the innovative driving force behind tentree.

Since appearing on Dragon’s Den in 2012, this Canadian-born brand has already grown a significant fan base. With over 9 million trees planted to date, tentree is dedicated to an admirable goal. They strive to inspire consumers to take part in the preservation of the environment while adding stylish pieces of clothing to their closets.

The collection consists of a variety of apparel and accessories, with each item featuring a “treecode.” This code is used to register the product online after purchase. Customers are then able to see exactly where in the world their trees will be planted and how their purchase will benefit the local community.

tentree’s commitment to our planet is based on three pillars: stewardship, transparency, and community. tentree works tirelessly to be both socially and environmentally responsible. The company prides itself on being open and transparent about company practices, and intends for consumers to be informed about the purchases they make. Finally, tentree aims to inspire our generation to adopt an environmentally and socially conscious lifestyle.
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tentree is partnered with various not for profit organizations around the world, including Canadian Wildlife Federation, WeForest, American Forests, Eden Reforestation and Trees for the Future. By joining forces with these organizations, tentree guarantees that their reforestation efforts have the most effective outcome possible. In planting trees, your purchase not only helps to revitalize soil and provide a substantial oxygen supply to the surrounding environments, but additionally creates employment and necessary resources for local residents. In fact, the company often plants more than ten local “pioneer” species per purchase in order to guarantee that ten trees SURVIVE.

Click here for more information on tentree and their relentless commitment to saving our planet.

SHOP TENTREE:

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What to Pack in Your Camp Backpack

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Camp is where memories are made. Days are jam-packed with activities, and it’s important for kids to have the essentials to get them safely and comfortably through the day. Sporting Life is your destination for all things camp; you can find any necessities at one of our stores, whether it be apparel, footwear, or accessories. Want to know what should be in your child’s camp backpack? See below for our essential picks!

The Pack
There are so many cool backpacks out there…how are you supposed to choose?! Sporting Life has plenty of backpacks for any personal style. The Fjallraven Kanken Mini is perfect for kids at camp. The durable, waterproof fabric will keep their belongings safe from the elements, and a name and address label on the inside makes it easy to identify a lost pack.

Summer Outerwear
Living in Canada, we all know the weather can be tricky. Fingers crossed for a sunny, hot summer, but we have to be prepared for whatever wacky weather comes our way. The K-Way Claude Klassic is a tried and true jacket that is sure to keep the wind and rain at bay, and it is incredibly convenient to pack away in a knapsack.

Hydration
You know what’s swell? Staying hydrated. During an active day at camp, a S’well bottle is going to be your kid’s new best friend. These bottles keep liquid cold for 24 hours, meaning a camper will never be without a refreshing drink while playing their heart out. For some added fun, check out the S’well Chalk Ink Pen…it’s a fun way to personalize a S’well bottle, and it won’t smudge until you wipe it clean with a damp cloth.

Footwear
While flip-flops are the easiest thing to wear on a hot summer day, many camp activities require closed toe shoes – you don’t want to be on a ropes course in sandals! Be prepared and pack some Toms Bimini shoes; they’re compact and easy to carry around, and have an adjustable elastic to ensure they’ll stay put during any activity. Be sure to stash some extra socks too; there’s nothing worse than wet, sandy socks! This pair by Living Royal is perfect for summer.

Sun Protection
Camp is all about fun, and the furthest thing from fun is a sunburn. Keep your child’s face out of the sun in style with a funky Ralph Lauren Printed Camp Cap, and make it easy for them to stay protected with some Sun Bum SPF 50 Original Spray Sunscreen. Bonus: Sun Bum is hypoallergenic and water resistant, allowing for longer playtime without disruption.

Gear
It wouldn’t be camp without some fun accessories! Dry off after a day at the lake with a printed Volcom Die Towel, or use it to keep warm on the boat after a refreshing waterski. If a long day of activities didn’t tire them out, a Princeton Tec Bot LED Headlamp helps kids navigate their way back from an evening campfire or unwind in their bunk with a book.

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Last Minute Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is almost here! Struggling to find a gift? Brianna & Lisa- our Sherway Gardens personal shoppers- have got you covered. No need to break the bank…they put together a spread of last minute gifts that Dad will love! Fun socks to spice up his work wear, a new outfit for a summer BBQ, a Frisbee to bring out his inner kid; there are endless possibilities for a thoughtful and stylish gift.

Be sure to stop by Sherway before Sunday and pick up the perfect summery Father’s Day surprise!

Last Minute Gifts

Polo Ralph Lauren shorts (similar online) | Saxx underwear | BOSS Green ball cap | Travis Mathew polo (similar online) | Ben Sherman shorts | HS stripe socks | HS stripe dot socks | Stance Socks | Lacoste teeAerobie Superdisc Ultra frisbee  | Polo Ralph Lauren swim trunks (similar online) | Klean Kanteen water bottle | Polo Ralph Lauren ball cap | Fred Perry polo | Timex watch (similar online) | Havainas flip-flops | Lacoste Croc tee (similar online) | Aerobie Squidgie Ball

 

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