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We help people get outside, with the right gear

Feel at home shopping

We are famously known for our homely feel inside of our stores.  Our team aim to make every person who enters our store feel welcomed and comfortable. We look to extend this experience in the online world to give you the best shopping experience possible.

Highest quality gear

As a small business we have to be selective about the products we bring in. Our buyers; Wendy for soft goods and Andrius for hardgoods work tirelessly year round the seek out high quality products that they think our customers will enjoy.

Tested in the coast mountains

We are nestled in a corridor with easy access to backcountry terrain. Because of this and our passionate team, we test our gear. From the rugged alpine terrain of the Tantalus to the many alpine lakes around Whistler. If we sell it, you can believe we trust it in the backcountry.

Our story

Founded in 1987, the Escape Route has grown to become the premiere  destination for backcountry gear in the Sea to Sky corridor. With two retail locations in Whistler and Squamish we have everything you need to get out and explore the backcountry. 

Our team

We take work-outdoor balance seriously. Every staff member works 4 days and has 3 days off to maximize their opportunity to enjoy the activities they love. Any team member of the Escape Route you can guarantee they are serious about gear, passionate about the mountains and always a pleasure to be around.

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