“I guess you could say my brother and I were pretty much born on the shop's floor; we've spent our whole lives doing what we love, which is to help our customers enjoy the outdoors as much as we do,” says Justin Pardy, part owner of Gagnon Sports. He manages the sports and outdoors shop with his brother Noel, his mother Nathalie and his uncle, Jerry Gagnon.
Justin has been involved in the company for a long time now. “It all started when my grandfather, Jerry Gagnon Sr, moved from northern Ontario, where he had a fishing and hunting lodge, to the southern part of the province. Given his expertise of the great outdoors, he founded Gagnon Sports in 1973 as a way to bring his customers the best gear and accessories for hunting, fishing or camping,” Justin explains. “My mother found herself working for him and eventually bought the shop with my father, so our upbringing revolved around the store, and around being outside, enjoying what nature has to offer.”