Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Fall Sales Season Is Here!

It's that time of year again!
Howdy paddlers!

It's that time of year again! It's time to clear out inventory and pass along big savings to our great customers. We've got several big events coming up in the new few weeks, so here's the lowdown on all your chances to score a great end-of-season deal!

1) Trailhead Paddleshack Ottawa- Fall Demo & Sale
- Saturday Sept 6th ONLY
- 9am- 5pm
- Fall clearout on new in-stock Swift boats, used/demo boats, and lots of other in-store merchandise

For more info check out:
Trailhead Facebook
Trailhead Website
Trailhead Clearance Inventory 

2) Swift Georgian Bay, Swift Algonquin, and Swift South River- FALL SALE & INVENTORY CLEAROUT
- Friday Sept 12th to Sunday Sept 14th
- Fall clearance on demo/rental/used canoes & kayaks. This includes ALL Swift canoes, kayaks, and Pack boats
- Clearance pricing on all in-stock canoes, kayaks, and SUP's. Great deals on the Perception Conduit 13, Wilderness Systems Pungo 120, BIC SUP's, and more!

For locations and store hours, check out:

Swift Georgian Bay 
Swift South River
Swift Algonquin 

3) Collinsville Canoe & Kayak- Collinsville, Connecticut- FALL SALES EVENT

- Saturday Sept 13th (9am-5pm) and Sunday Sept 14th (10am-4pm)
- We'll be on hand with the crew at CCK for their annual fall sale. Discounts on all new and used in-stock canoes, kayaks, and SUP's. All accessories are marked down as well! Limited on-water demo's available.
- For more info check out the CCK website and calendar HERE.


- Friday Sept 26th to Sunday Sept 28th
- Fall clearance on demo/rental/used canoes & kayaks. This includes Swift canoes, kayaks, and Pack boats
- Clearance pricing on all in-stock canoes, kayaks, and SUP's. Great deals on the Perception Conduit 13, Wilderness Systems Pungo 120, BIC SUP's, and more!
- Solid selection of our new Northern Canoe line-up. Check out these great new canoes HERE
- Great discounts with boat purchases on all in-stock gear including paddles, PFD's, tie-down equipment,  and more.

For the latest info and updates follow us online at: 
Event Calendar

5) Mountain Outdoor Supply- Old Forge, NY- FALL SALES EVENT
- Saturday Oct 4th, 9am-5pm
- We'll be on hand with Mountainman helping sell off their entire inventory of canoes and kayaks. Great selection of new and used Swift canoes and kayaks, including new boats, demo boats, and the rental fleet!

For more information check out the Mountainman Events Calendar HERE.
See you this fall!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Spring Cottage Life Show is Upon Us!

We're on our way! 
Got spring fever yet? WE DO!

This weekend is the Spring Cottage Life Show at the International Centre in Toronto. Here's EVERYTHING you need to know!

We'll be on hand with reps from ALL of our brands including Swift Canoe & Kayak, Hobie Kayaks, BIC Sport SUP, Wilderness Systems, Perception Kayaks, BluWave SUP, SupLove, Badger Paddles, Werner Paddles, Paluski Canoe, and more! There will be knowledgeable staff on hand to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

This is one of the first chances to see the new Northern Canoe line-up, so come check out this exciting new line of canoes made by Swift. These new canoes are built to last and meant to use! We'll also have the brand new 2014 lineups from Badger Paddles, BluWave SUP, Wilderness Systems, and SupLove. It's a first hand look at what's in store this year!
Stop by the booth and see the full fleet of Swift canoes and kayaks, and the new Northern Canoe series.

The Spring Cottage Life Show- LINK
Northern Canoes- LINK

Emotion Kayaks- LINK

Werner Paddles- LINK

Hobie Kayaks- LINK

Perception Kayaks- LINK

Badger Paddles- LINK

Wilderness Systems Kayaks- LINK




Paluski Boats- LINK

The 2014 BluWave Lineup!
Mike from Badger Paddles can help you find the right paddle no matter what your paddling style.
The 2014 SupLove Lineup!

Hope to see you at the show!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Welcome to the 2014 Swift Canoe & Kayak Line-Up Unveiling!

2014 is here and Swift is thrilled to announce the unveiling of several exciting new additions to our lineup. We strive to represent the forefront of technological advancement within our industry, and we believe our 2014 designs are a testament to our enduring philosophy. Our customers told us what they'd like to help maximize their time on the water, and we listened. From tweaks and upgrades, to new designs and new boats, these new products are a direct reflection of our customers and their desire for the best watercraft possible. We're confident you're going to enjoy paddling them as much as we've enjoyed building them. So, without further ado.....

1) The Northern Canoe Company 

Introducing The Northern Canoe Company (click to enlarge)
Swift is extremely excited to announce the addition of a new line of canoes for 2014. The Northern Canoe Company will be a new division at Swift, devoted to building the most capable and robust canoes in the industry. Already in production and available to order, the Northern Prospector 16 and Northern Outfitter 16 are two multi-purpose canoes designed to satisfy the needs of families and outfitters alike. Available in Fibreglass or Expedition Kevlar construction, these boats offer an expedition capable canoe at an economical price. 

Each canoe will come available with aluminum or vinyl trim, an ash wood interior, and a shoe keel. Ranging from 68 lbs (Fibreglass) to 54 lbs (Expedition Kevlar), these Northern Canoes can handle whatever the wilderness may throw at them. 

The Northern Outfitter 16

A hearty canoe for the adventurous, the Northern Outfitter 16 is a workhorse. With ample weight capacity and a straight tracking shoe keel, the whole family can travel with confidence wherever the water may lead. Whether you’re planning an afternoon on the lake or a deep woods trek, the Outfitter 16 is an earnest adventurer.

The Northern Outfitter 16 (click to enlarge)
The Northern Outfitter 16 (click to enlarge)
The Northern Prospector 16

If tripping is in your heart, the Northern Prospector 16 embodies the Prospector tradition with a graceful fusion of form and function. A sleek canoe with moderate rocker and sharp entry lines, the Northern Prospector is at home anywhere on the diverse waterways of the Canadian wilderness. Whether you’re headed down the river or across the lake, the Prospector 16 satisfies the robust demands of backcountry trippers.
The Northern Prospector 16 (click to enlarge)
The Northern Prospector 16 with Shoe Keel (click to enlarge)
Northern Prospector 16- Kevlar with aluminum trim (click to enlarge)
Ready for action (click to enlarge)

2) The Kiwassa 14

Our Adirondack 13.6 recreational kayak has always been a hit with paddlers who want a little extra cockpit size without sacrificing performance. Taking that a step further, the all-new Kiwassa 14 offers a roomy cockpit with a narrower hull shape and longer length, creating a balanced hybrid between stability and tracking. At 14 feet it offers the smooth tracking and glide of our Saranac touring kayaks, but with a little more volume in the middle the Kiwassa 14 will accommodate anyone. Available in all our standard laminates and color options, the Kiwassa 14 is available for order for spring 2014. 

Designer David Yost refining the Kiwassa 14 hull shape (click to enlarge)
Prototype testing of the Kiwassa 14 and Keewaydin 14 on Canadice Lake, NY (click to enlarge)
The original Kiwassa 14 prototype (click to enlarge)
The completed layup for the deck (click to enlarge)
An ample cockpit with more leg room for easier access (click to enlarge)
Compared to our standard touring cockpit size, the Kiwassa 14 will have more leg room and easier accessibility (click to enlarge)

3) The Keewaydin 14 Solo Canoe 

The all-new Keewaydin 14 solo canoe. Available in both traditional solo canoe and pack boat configurations (click to enlarge)

Solo paddlers are oftentimes some of the most knowledgeable customers we get, and their desire for a compact and refined solo canoe inspired us to create the Keewaydin 14. Offering a slightly narrower paddling station than its big brother the Keewaydin 15, the Keewaydin 14 has the same dynamic performance of the 15 but with even better responsiveness. Quick on the turn and quick up to speed, the Keewaydin 14 is the perfect fit for smaller paddlers and those who travel light. Even more, it will be available in both the traditional canoe configuration (with a fixed or sliding centre seat), or in a Pack boat configuration with a fixed kayak seat and footbraces. Available in all our standard composite laminates and options, the Keewaydin 14 is in production now!

4) Carbon Fiber End Caps

Carbon Fiber is lightweight, strong, and elegant. For tasteful paddlers who want to add the final touch to their boat, carbon end caps will make your boat a real head turner. Available as a $50 upgrade over conventional vinyl end caps, these new end caps come with an embedded Swift logo and contour around lightweight Carbon-Kevlar trim. 

The first completed carbon fiber Swift embossed end cap (click to enlarge)

5) Textreme Carbon Fiber Hull Design 

Advancements in carbon fiber technology are changing the way we design products. It has changed the approach of the automotive, sailing, hockey, cycling, and aerospace worlds, to name a few, and its effect on the paddlesports industry is growing exponentially. Swift is excited to announce the 'Textreme' Carbon Fusion hull option, which incorporates a uniquely patterned high-tension carbon-fiber cloth. This creates an ultra-lightweight canoe that's got an unmatched strength:weight ratio. Using our signature resin infusion process, the 'Textreme' cloth generates a unique pattern on the hull that's coupled with increased abrasion resistance compared to our standard carbon cloth. If you want a canoe that's as light as it is sleek, there's nothing out there like Textreme. 

Textreme Carbon Fiber Swift Prospector 15 with matching Carbon end caps (click to enlarge)

The products mentioned above will be unveiled at the Toronto Boat Show starting THIS SATURDAY. We'll have more pictures available soon as the first completed boats haven't even been unwrapped yet!

The best  part of all, is that there is even more on the way that we can't release yet! We'll have more information and details soon...(hint: I hope you like carbon-fiber)

The Details:

Toronto International Boat Show Information-

Swift will be there with reps from Badger Paddles, Wilderness Systems, SupLove Paddleboards, BluWave Paddleboards, and Werner Paddles. We'll be doing demo's in the pool for the entire show in canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding, so check out the show schedule and come join us! Click HERE for the show schedule.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show is This Weekend!

Howdy Paddlers,

The Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show is THIS WEEKEND, and we'll be there (as usual) with lots of great stuff in tow. All our new 2013 designs and upgrades will be on display, as well as lots of other gear for the hardcore tripper. Here's everything you need to know:

The Basics

When- Feb 22-24th (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Where- International Centre, Toronto Ontario
Hours- Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm
Admission- Click HERE for all the information regarding admission, directions, and show contact information. You save money if you buy your tickets online beforehand!

Pool/Event Schedule- There are lots of great events at the pool this year. We'll be doing the "Recreational Kayaking" demo on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a "Canoe Tripping" seminar on Sunday where Bill Swift and Hap Wilson will talk about their methods, techniques, and stories about backcountry camping. Click HERE for the full schedule.

Special Guests- Special guests and speakers this year include 'Survivorman' Les Stroud, 'The Happy Camper' Kevin Callan, Canadian Olympic kayak gold medalist Adam van Koeverden, and paddling icon Hap Wilson. Click HERE for a full listing of their events/times.


Hap & Andrea Wilson will be  in the Swift booth from 12-3pm on Sunday February 24th. They'll be signing books, meeting fans, and talking about tripping. Hap will have many of his books for sale, including the following:

- Guidebooks ($22)
- Short Story Books ($25)
- Vintage Temagami Canoe Routes books ($45-$2000, including some awesome limited first editions)
- The Skier ($125- limited edition print)

And best of all, Hap will sign your book! Come on out and meet a Canadian paddling icon (and feel free to ask him about his thoughts on the Swift Dumoine). Hope to see you at the show!

Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for updates and info.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The 2013 Toronto International Boat Show Is Here!

Hey Paddlers!

It's that time of year again, the 2013 Toronto International Boat Show is here! This year we've got some great products, activities, and events scheduled, and we're looking forward to showing everyone what's in store this year. Let's get to it, shall we? 

1) Who's At The Show?

This year we're fortunate to have reps from all our major brands on-hand to answer questions, help you find the right product for your needs, and perform daily demonstrations at the indoor lake inside Ricoh Coliseum. Here's a full list of who you can find in the Swift booth:

- Swift (Skip Taylor, Charlie Wilson, Bill Swift, and Bob Stinson) 
- Hobie Kayak (Brian Smith) 
- Starboard SUP / Werner Paddles(Johnno Foster/Mark Scriver) 
- Badger Paddles (Mike Ramsey) 
- BluWave SUP (Aaron Pilon) 

Note- some reps will only be available on certain days/weekends. Please call us at 1-800-661-1429 if there's a particular rep you'd like to talk to and we'll let you know when he/she will be available!

2) New Products & Upgrades

This year we've made some major re-designs and upgrades to many Swift products. We've also brought some new products on board from Wilderness Systems, Perception, Starboard SUP, Badger Paddles, and BluWave SUP, that we're all REALLY excited about. Here's what you can find at Swift stores this season: 

The All-New Saranac 14 Sport

Swift is proud to introduce the ALL-NEW Swift Saranac 14 Sport. With a smooth new re-design, combined with new composite hatches, the new Saranac 14 Sport now completes our popular Saranac line-up. It's mid-range waterline, roomy cockpit, and smooth chines make the Saranac 14 a popular choice for adventurous paddlers who need a balance of performance and comfort. Standard with our high-back seat with lumbar support, the Saranac 14 is ultra comfortable for paddlers of all shapes and sizes.

The very first 2013 Saranac 14 Sport
Welcome to the Family
Upgraded Carbon-Kevlar Trim

Swift's unique Carbon-Kevlar trim has become a hallmark of our canoe fleet, and for 2013 we've redesigned it with a new braid pattern and options. All Swift canoes can be made with a standard one-piece Carbon-Kevlar trim system, or for those who like a little more style, it can be upgraded to include a black or brown vinyl outer strip at no extra cost. Cherry wood outers and end caps emblazoned with the Swift logo are available as a $200 upgrade, and believe me, they're beautiful.

The 2013 Carbon-Kevlar Braid Pattern
Flax Fusion Eco-Laminate

Released at the 2012 Toronto Boat Show, our Flax Fusion eco-friendly laminate has been a huge success. For 2013 we've refined the process even more, reducing unncessary waste and making a canoe from all-natural flax-fibre cloth that is even stronger than its predecessor. On par with our popular Kevlar Fusion laminate, Flax Fusion is available in both canoes and kayaks and offers a unique mix of traditional aesthetics mixed with modern technology.

Read more about Flax Fusion here HERE.

Flax Fusion Kipawa with Carbon-Kevlar trim/Cherry Wood Outers and End Caps
The 2013 BluWave SUP Series

BluWave SUP has made some major changes for 2013, and this year's lineup offers some brand new board designs that are as easy on the eyes as they are perfect for the water. Building from the popularity of the 'Woody' and 'Easy Rider' series, the 2013 line-up includes the all new Wave Rider and Catalina series boards. The Wave Rider series is perfect for the skilled paddler who wants to ride the toughest water Ontario has to offer, and the Catalina series contains 3 ultra-modern displacement boards that are excellent for touring paddlers. You gotta see these boards, they'll have you chomping at the bit to hit the water this spring!

The 2013 BluWave SUP Lineup

The Wilderness Systems Aspire 100 and Aspire 105 

Wilderness Systems makes some of the best poly recreational and touring kayaks on the market, period. This year they've come out with the Aspire 100 and 105 series kayaks, and these boats are fantastic for multi-purpose users. From their website:

"Great on flat or slow moving water, the versatile Aspire combines easy handling and maneuverability with great stability, thanks to its strong chine lines and volume. The up-swept bow helps shed water and the molded-in console, with a two-position bottle holder, offers plenty of storage options to keep things within easy reach. "

Come by the booth and check out these great new boats! 

For more information on the Aspire series, click HERE

Perception Sport Conduit Series Kayaks 

Perception Sport has expanded its line of kayaks for 2013, and these new designs make a great addition to our lineup. From the Perception website:

"Freedom means plenty of room for comfort and performance to go where you want. The Conduit 13 is a paddler-friendly and unrestrictive kayak with enough stability for beginners to feel confident on a leisurely cruise, but features speed and tracking loved by those wanting longer paddles. A great boat for touring lazy rivers or doing some exploration on smaller lakes."

The Perception Sport Conduit 13

For more information about the Conduit series, click HERE 

Perception Sport Expression Series Kayaks 

The larger brother to the Conduit, the Expression series kayaks are a true touring style boat offers great performance at a very reasonable price. They can say it better than I can:

"The Expression 14.5 is for the adventure-seeker who wants the best of both touring and sea kayaks: a fun, maneuverable day-kayak that remains stable and predictable when loaded down with gear. "

The Perception Sport Expression 11.5
For more information about the Expression series, click HERE

Badger Paddles New Shapes for 2013 

Badger Paddles have been a staple in our stores for several years now, and this year they've upgraded their product line to offer some awesome new paddle shapes. These paddles are not only functional, they're pieces of art. Badger reps will be at the show all week with us too, so if you want to get your hands on one of these beautiful paddles, stop by the booth and ask for Badger Mike!

For more information about Badger Paddles, click HERE

3) Indoor Lake Schedule And Events

We're going to be doing daily demonstrations at the indoor lake inside Ricoh Coliseum, so if you're at the show stop by 'the lake' and check it out! We'll be doing the daily Canoe/Kayak seminar, the Stand-Up Paddleboard Demo, and the Hobie Adventure Island demo. You can check out the lake schedule HERE. Come hit the water with us!

Skip Taylor doing what Skip Taylor does best: sharing his enthusiasm for paddling. 
4) Get Your Tickets

If you still haven't picked up your tickets, you can save money if you buy them online before the show. Hit up THIS link to make your purchase!

5) More Information

Interact with us online and stay up to date with the latest news and information. Even if you can't make it to the show, give us a call at 1-800-661-1429 and we can help you find what you need!