Atmosphere Sports-Outdoor is a big-box concept store specializing in outdoor sports, including cross-country and telemark-skiing, snowshoeing, camping, cycling and clothing. The store also features kayaks and hiking and climbing equipment in some of its stores.
Atmosphere carries a large selection of camping equipment, mountain climbing equipment, kayaking equipment and assorted accessories. They also carry a large selection of footwear, snow boots, hiking boots, trail running shoes, running shoes, sandals and fashion shoes. Specialty brands include Salomon, Merrell, Keen, Columbia and Crocs. Atmosphere also stocks a large selection of men’s and women’s apparel featuring a large selection of hats, gloves, shirts, shorts, pants and undergarments. Heavily featured brands include The North Face, Arc’teryx, Merrell and Woolrich.
Atmosphere operates stores in Quebec and Ontario and features its products on its website, Atmosphere.ca; however, the website serves informational and display purposes only. As of 2015, Atmosphere does not sell products online.
Sport Experts began in 1967 and operated independently until Provigo purchased the company in 1981. In 1985, Sport Experts merged with Arlington Sports, a chain with a strong retail presence in Quebec and Ontario. Provigo sold the company to the Forzani Group in 1994. When a series of supermarket failures vacated large stand-alone stores in the early 2000s, Sport Experts moved into some of these larger spaces and unveiled the Atmosphere banner.