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Winter sports gear in high demand

Gatineau Park winter passes on sale

The Gatineau Hills is home to some of the most premier cross-country ski trails in this area, possibly in all of Canada, and local ski vendors are gearing up for the coming season in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This summer, sports equipment for outdoor activities that allow for proper social distancing, such as bicycles and stand-up paddle boards, were in high demand and sometimes difficult to find. Local cross-country ski vendors took note of this and have adjusted their stock accordingly for the upcoming season.

“We’ve definitely seen an aggressive start to the season,” Kunstadt Sports Chelsea store manager Eric “Bernie” Bernard said.

And it’s not only been cross-country skis in the newest Kunstadt location that have been flying off the shelves, he said, but also downhill skis, snowshoes, fat-tire bikes for winter riding and associated equipment.