About Us

About Paths Peaks & Paddles, Inc. and the people behind it:

Looking back, as a son of a guide traveling around New York and Canada in the late 50”s and early 60”s, with my father and his groups seeing all the wondrous sights; I grew up with a canoe paddle in my hand and a backpack on my back.

As we all do, I drifted away from the outdoors, for girls, cars and a family. Then came the words from my son,” Would you go camping with my Boy Scout troop?”

And so it began, one night a week, one weekend a month, teaching our youth cooking, camping, outdoor skills and going on canoe trips again. I met all kinds of great kids and adults who wanted to learn about the great outdoors, but didn’t know where to get first hand knowledge.

I longed for more challenges and more knowledge. Then I heard about man who, in a downpour, portaging a canoe in the Adirondacks, was singing his heart out. A man I had to meet. So entered my partner, a man with a passion for the outdoors bigger than the outdoors itself. We paddled and hoofed our way through New York, Pennsylvania and Canada. With a very early retirement the question was posed “are you going to be a detriment to society or do you want to do something with our knowledge?” And so Paths Peaks & Paddles was born.

We are New York State Guides licensed in Camping, Backpacking, Canoeing (flat-water and whitewater) and rafting.

Since 1991, Paths Peaks & Paddles has grown from a canoe rental shop to a full service outdoor specialty store. We specialize in paddling, backpacking & camping in all four seasons.

Our Mission Statement

It is the mission of Paths Peaks & Paddles to serve others by promoting environmental understanding to help form an awareness of the earth and its community of life, and our responsibility to it. To make ethical choices in an appreciation of the wilderness and its specific values of solitude, physical and mental challenge, inspiration and primitive recreation.

Our Return Policy Regarding Items you have purchased from us: 

If you are not fully satisfied with your purchase, items must be returned within 15 days. Items must have the packaging and receipt of purchase. If the item is damaged by the purchaser, we cannot guarantee you will get your full return.

We will be happy to make special orders for you under the following conditions: deposit of $100 or 25% of the purchase price must be paid at the time of the order. A signed receipt with a phone number and address will be filed. We will contact you as soon as the items arrive in our store.  If you have any questions, please reach out to us either by phone: 716-213-0350 or via email: pppinfo@pathspeakspaddles.com 

We offer the following services:

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Paths, Peaks, & Paddles, Inc.
1000 Elicott Creek Road
Tonawanda, New York 14150

Daily: 9AM – 6PM


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Paths Peaks & Paddles
1000 Elicott Creek Road Tonawanda, New York 14150