For many, the myth of a Canadian winter spent enjoying the great outdoors is a snowy fantasy that slushy streets and minus 40 temperatures can never live up to. For others, such as Canadian actor Yannick Bisson, it’s very much a reality. The Murdoch Mysteries star splits the season between Toronto and Los Angeles, scheduling plenty of time for mountain biking and skiing all winter long. “I’ve built my schedule so that I can enjoy the outdoors everyday if I choose,” he says. When he does, he often comes equipped with a stash of gear and everything he needs to document the experience. “I mount [my phone] to just about anything, including a tree branch,” he says.
Bisson recently wrapped filming on the 12th season of the wildly popular period series. “I’m amazed that it resonates with so many people from all walks of life,” the actor says. “I’m very fortunate to be part of something like this and for so long. It makes me really proud.” Here, the actor shares a few of his favourite winter gear essentials to enjoy the tail end of the season.
Garmin Edge 820 GPS
“In the winter I mountain bike and ski on the West Coast of Canada and California. The Garmin is compact and great to log training data and find my way around.”
Garmin Edge 820 GPS, $470 at MEC.
“[This] became my everything companion for travel abroad and day trips. It’s durable but not ‘gear-ish,’ so I don’t look like a post-grad student even though it protects my laptop.”
Tumi Alpha backpack, $499.99 at Hudson’s Bay.
Blistex Lip Medex
“I carry this everywhere I go. I find it’s the only thing that instantly helps chapped, dry lips. (Not a good thing when you are stepping into a casting meeting or on the slopes).”
Blistex Lip Med Ex pot, $4.49 at Shopper’s Drug Mart.
Joby compact tripod
“It’s durable, foldable and easy to stash. I use it for social media recording, audition taping and phone/GoPro stills or video when out on the hills.”
Joby JM3-01WW GripTight Stand, $39.48 through amazon.ca.
“I can pack it up in a tiny bundle, layer it for any weather conditions. It’s waterproof, but not too hot, I can wear it while I ski, bike or hike. And it’s Canadian!”
Arcteryx Cerium LT jacket, $430 at Arcteryx.