I am not really an outdoorsy-type of girl.
Surprising statement, I know!
I grew up in Saskatchewan, but still somehow, was always more of an urban girl rather than an outdoor girl. It’s only since we have moved to BC that I have enjoyed nature more like White Rock beach and the other things this beautiful province has to offer. I remember reading an interview with celebrity Rose McGowan who was raised travelling Europe in communes with her hippie parents, and she said that she always knew from a young age that she was different then them. She said that at around 10 years old she saw a woman putting on red lipstick and she immediately thought….”My people!” I have always related to that statement, because I think I knew at a very young age that I was that girl too.
So it was kind of ironic that I was invited to visit the new Cabelas store in Abbotsford with other bloggers prior to it’s grand opening this upcoming June 23rd. Given what I have said above, I am not really a Cabela’s target customer, or so I thought. However my husband is, and he has been dying for a Cabela’s store to open nearby. This 70,000 sq ft store is only the second location in BC and 10th in Canada. I appreciate good retail design, since I did some store planning in my past career as an interior designer, and so I was interested in seeing what cool things they had as part of the new store. We decided to make it a date night, go for dinner and then tour the new location.
Each Cabela’s store has been planned to fit the area, and the Abbotsford store has a lot of photos and memorabilia that depict things from BC. There are hand-painted murals, lots of wildlife displays, an indoor archery range and archery tech room, and literally thousands of products. There is a Sasquatch hidden in a tree somewhere in the store too.
While I have learned to appreciate the outdoors, I am still not really a camper because I’ve never had great experiences camping. Perhaps because of my own bathroom issues (!) plus I like showering everyday in a hot shower. However, the camping section was pretty cool, and we both found some things that we liked. With all of the deluxe gear now available, I may have to give camping a try again – my experiences as a young person were things like waking up wet in a canvas tent, among other childhood disasters (I’m sure my cousins will remember our experiences at church camp in tents!).
I had never shot a bow and arrow before, and was able to give it a try in the indoor archery range. Just call me Katniss Everdeen.
Their is also a lot of clothing at Cabela’s, including brands like Northface and Columbia. Although I have labeled myself as ‘urban’, I am also a pretty casual dresser for the most part, and there were a lot of cute things that I could see myself buying.
While my husband and I have some very different interests, there was really quite a few things that both of us liked at Cabela’s. You won’t catch me in camo anytime soon, but with all of the new fancy gear available since my last time camping, I just might end up trying it again sometime this summer.