Peak Performance, the renowned Scandinavian outdoor brand, is opening its first concept store in Canada on November 17.
Situated in the heart of Vancouver, on West 4th Street in Kitsilano, the 1,900-square-foot store will cater to Vancouver’s vibrant outdoor community, offering a curated selection of high-performance outdoor apparel.
Marcus Grönberg, VP Global Expansion at Swedish-based Peak Performance, said the new store is envisioned to be a vibrant community hub.
“We’ve designed the new store to be a gathering place where outdoor enthusiasts can connect, find inspiration, and discover the ultimate technical apparel for their adventures,” he said.
“We appreciate the similarities between Canada and Sweden. Canada experiences the best of all four seasons and can have notably cold winters. This climate, coupled with its stunning and diverse natural landscapes and terrains, creates a need for products like ours, built to withstand extreme conditions and ensure smooth transitions between seasons. Canada also boasts a dynamic community of outdoor enthusiasts, who we’re sure will appreciate our versatile range, whether they’re adventuring on skis, by bike, or on foot.
“Vancouver, with its expanding outdoor community, stunning natural beauty, and proximity to the mountains, stands as the ideal location for an outdoor brand like Peak Performance. The city boasts a thriving outdoor community and draws individuals from across Canada and the world. All of these elements in conjunction create an ideal setting for those pursuing an active lifestyle, aligning seamlessly with Peak Performance’s values and offerings. Our new store finds its home in the bustling Kitsilano neighbourhood, a favourite shopping destination for both locals and tourists. We see immense potential in this area and eagerly anticipate our role in fostering further growth within the outdoor community.”
Peak Performance will open at 2123 West 4th Avenue.
“Following our successful franchise stores in Whistler and Montreal, the launch of our innovative Vancouver concept store marks a significant milestone in our Canadian expansion. Our online platform, peakperformance.com, serves as the central hub for outdoor enthusiasts nationwide. Our future store strategy focuses on major cities near ski destinations such as Whistler, Banff, Blue Mountain, and more, ensuring easy access for the outdoor community,” said Grönberg.
“Born in the small town of Åre, Sweden in 1986, Peak Performance was founded by two passionate skiers, one of them a world-class mogul skier with multiple World Cup victories. While testing a new ski-wear line on a chairlift ride up a mountain, they wondered why no one was creating ski apparel that combined excellent functionality with a simple, appealing design. Initially, their ambitions were modest, aiming to make clothes for themselves and their friends. Their business was driven by what was important to them, designing ski wear for themselves, their friends, and their wider ski community that balanced great design with the perfect technical solutions for their rides. In the late 1980s, as people sought genuine quality over extravagance, Peak Performance’s ski jackets with leather details and flannel shirts gained popularity.
“The overwhelming response to their first mail-order catalogue led to the opening of their first store in Åre in 1987. Today, Peak Performance boasts over 60 stores, including franchises across 20 markets globally, recently expanding to Japan, Denmark, Austria, Shenzhen, China, and soon, Berlin, Germany.”
The new concept store in Vancouver is set to open a Care & Repair section in the coming months, where customers can receive assistance to patch and repair damaged items. Peak Performance will also offer professional wash and laundry services in-store, complemented by staff expertise on the garments. The initiative showcases the brand’s determination to improve longevity by providing high-quality products that can be used over and over again. As a special treat for the Vancouver community, the new Peak Performance store will also offer a cozy hot chocolate bar, allowing customers to unwind while they shop and enjoy a truly ‘lagom’ Swedish experience.
“Our strong roots in freeskiing and our unwavering passion for venturing into uncharted territories have been defining features of our brand from day one, setting us apart as a market leader in our niche to this day. We blend technical excellence with a bold and distinctive style which, in my belief, remains truly unmatched,” said Grönberg.
“In today’s fiercely competitive retail landscape, where numerous brands offer exceptional products, we find motivation to push our creative boundaries and innovate our product designs one step further. Modern consumers seek more than just gear for various outdoor activities; they desire brands that align with their values, engage meaningfully, and provide seamless online and in-store experiences.
“With the launch of our new concept store in Kitsilano, we aim to build a space that fosters community amongst the city’s passionate outdoor enthusiasts. While skiing remains at our core, we understand the growing popularity of year-round outdoor activities and have expanded our offerings to cater to these needs. We’ve leveraged our technical expertise from skiing to create products that enhance outdoor adventures, whether on snow or on the trails.”