In the 1970s the only way to obtain outdoor clothing adapted to our climate was to make it yourself. It was during this era Kanuk was founded in 1970 in Montreal, Quebec by Louis Grenier, an avid winter outdoorsman. Surrounded by a team equally as passionate about winter and winter activities as he was, Mr. Grenier and Kanuk created the company’s first design: the Kangaroo anorak, with zippers under the arms for ventilation. Kanuk's first parka arrived soon after, insulated with synthetic materials to repel humidity. Everyone held firm to the conviction that Quebec's Infamous winters, with their extreme temperatures, biting winds, frequent storms, and dampness brought on by proximity to the river, required well-made, flawlessly-tailored outerwear that delivered warmth, worked as it should and exhibited a timeless style. Interestingly our earliest customers, people who loved the great outdoors, also began wearing their Kanuks in urban settings, which in itself spoke volumes about these warm and comfortable parkas. Through word of mouth, Kanuk gradually became the outdoor clothing reference it is today.
Now, more than 40 years later, Kanuk continues to display its unrivalled expertise. And strive to constatly improve and stay at the forefront of the industry.