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Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Twelve Days of Muskoka - Christmas & Holiday Local Gift Guide :: Day 8

We really dig living in Muskoka. The area is home to many beautiful iconic features and creatures that have come to help symbolize Ontario and Canada as we know it. But one of features that we like the most is how inspiring it is to live amongst the many artisans and crafters - that have made this land of rock and water their home - as well the smaller businesses that have come to be part of the personality and character of the Muskoka we have come to know and love. Thus Twelve Days of Muskoka, inspired by Suburban Tourist's Twelve Days of Holiday Gift Giving, is meant to celebrate these people and their businesses as well as introduce you to some new gift giving ideas and remind you of some old favourites.

The Eighth Day of Muskoka Christmas & Holiday Gift Giving Guide
The Swift Family - Algonquin Outfitters & Swift Canoe too!

Anyone who as spent anytime around Muskoka knows or knows of the Swift family and their outfitting and canoeing business. And if you don't know of them, chances are that if you have visited the region in the last 50 or so years, you probably visited or passed by one of their many locations. The Swift family, passionate about the outdoors, have been offering outdoor adventures and equipment to the public for decades. From camps to outfitting, from guiding to renting, and then later as a leading canoe manufacturer, the name Swift has come to stand for quality gear and service. Even into the next generation.

So... If you are feeling really generous, a Swift canoe would make for a wonderful family gift or surprise for your paddling spouse. (You had to have known we couldn't compile a gift giving list without including a canoe, right?!) They also sell kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and all the accessories you need for your paddling adventures. So does Algonquin Outfitters. But AO also carries gear and equipment for the other sports and seasons too; like bikes, skis, snowboards, skateboards, coats, jackets, foot ware, plus camping equipment, maps, and more. As a bonus, AO has gift certificates available for those who are too picky to purchase for.

Badger Tip: For the record, Algonquin Outfitters is a great company to keep in contact with via their social media channels. Not only do they keep you frequently updated, but they have so many great contests and giveaways too. You will totally dig them, after all their near 7000 Facebook fans can't be wrong!!!

P.S. You might dig Swift on Facebook too!.

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