2012 was our breakout year where we really started to fill out our site. Trail Swag covered a lot of events, and started new sections. We have big aspirations for 2013, but we wanted to look back at 2012 first. We posted about 700 blog posts, held four contests and gave away prizes to some very appreciative winners. Ferris Park turned 50 (while Canada turned 145) and it was definitely the year that Adventure Racing took off.

 London's Most Interesting Store

London's Most Interesting Store

 Farewell to Tumblehome

Farewell to Tumblehome

It was a sad year for the independent outdoors store as we had four family-run stores around Ontario close...

 SAIL Burlington

SAIL Burlington

 North Face Yorkdale

North Face Yorkdale

On the flip side, we saw the expansion of a fewer of the bigger stores such as...

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 Northern Park Apparel

Northern Park Apparel

Trail Swag sat down with a blind runner, Mountain Biker extraordinaire Rider Mel, and two innovative guys in Newmarket who are capturing iconic Canadian images on shirts.

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Kevin Callan released a DVD of his movie The Happy Camper's Wilderness Quest which was years in the making.

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Explore Magazine made some changes, is now a quarterly magazine, and ramped up their content in 2012. If you're not reading Explore, you're missing out. It is informative, offers plenty of tips and shows exactly how much Canada has to offer.

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 Kevin Callan explaining how the Kelley Kettle works

Kevin Callan explaining how the Kelley Kettle works

We saw that auto manufacturers were interested in reaching their outdoors community at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, we had another great year at the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show, and we saw the first ever Ottawa Outdoor & Adventure Travel Show

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IMBA Canada announced IMBA Ontario, held the Mountain Biking Trailblazing Festival at Hardwood Ski & Bike, and we had a chance to interview the new Ontario rep, Igor Hoogendoorn.

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We saw technology trickle down into camping gear to offer us advances such as...

There are already things to look forward to in 2013...