The family owned company has been operating for 10 years this April. Though located in Brooklyn, most of their business comes from Kejimkujik National Park. That is changing this May when the company will set up a rental station on the waterfront beside the Visitor Information Centre.
Last month the Region of Queens Municipal Council approved the company’s request to use the dock and three parking spaces next to the Visitor Information Centre
“It’s a great opportunity, it’s a great location and it’s a sin there isn’t more happening on the waterfront,” says Glenn Parlee, owner of Adventure Outfitters.
Adventure Outfitters main store, based in Brooklyn, offers an array of gear for canoeing, camping, hiking, cycling, kayaking and other outdoor sports.
For the past five years company has offered rentals and tours from Jake’s Landing in Kejimkujik National Park. As well, the company offers multi sport tours taking place across the South Shore. Some tours include accommodations, meals, several types of sports and several locations.
The company will continue to do so but will now also include tours more focused on Queens County. Parlee means to make Liverpool and Queens County a starting place where visitors will spend a couple days in the area and then move on to other areas such as Chester and Hubbards.
“There are some other companies who offer tours along the South Shore but we wanted to base ours in Liverpool so instead of just being a stop, this will be our base,” says Parlee.
Adventure Outfitters will offer hourly rentals of kayaks, canoes, bicycles and possibly stand-up paddle board. The rentals will include all the gear and safety equipment. Maps will be provided to show different stopping points up river, such as Pine Grove Park. Canoeists and kayakers who would like to explore the ocean a bit will be able to if accompanied by a company guide.
Parlee’s daughter, Caitlin Nickerson will offer instruction in stand-up paddle board which entails using a surf board and using a long paddle to propel you.
Parlee is pleased with the bike lanes that were created in Milton. He says it will be easier to rent bicycles with a safe area to ride available.
The Parlees started Adventure Outfitters 10 years ago when they noticed a need in the area for canoes, kayaks and camping gear. The business has expanded and offers bicycles, skate sharpening, guided tours and more. The family also has owned and operated a manufacturing company for over 25 years which makes packs, bags and outdoor camping accessories.