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MEC Victoria

About the Store

Located in the heart of Victoria, our eleventh store is a conversion of a heritage structure, originally built as a hotel in 1892. The timber post and beam structure underwent significant mechanical, electrical, and structural upgrades to become a distinctive retail space.

Learn about Victoria's green building systems.

Summer hours

  • Monday9:30am - 9:00pm
  • Tuesday9:30am - 9:00pm
  • Wednesday9:30am - 9:00pm
  • Thursday9:30am - 9:00pm
  • Friday9:30am - 9:00pm
  • Saturday9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday11:00am - 5:00pm

Also see our holiday hours.

Regular hours

  • Monday10:00am - 7:00pm
  • Tuesday10:00am - 7:00pm
  • Wednesday10:00am - 7:00pm
  • Thursday10:00am - 9:00pm
  • Friday10:00am - 9:00pm
  • Saturday9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday11:00am - 5:00pm

Also see our holiday hours.

Location and Directions

MEC Victoria
1450 Government Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1Z2

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Parking: MEC participates in the City of Victoria parking program. If you park at a City of Victoria parking garage and shop at MEC, ask for a 1 hour parking voucher at the checkout. Take the voucher back to the parking garage and give it to the attendant when you exit. The program runs Monday to Saturday till 6:00pm except holidays. Sunday parking is free at City of Victoria parking garages. We have preferred parking set aside for hybrid vehicles and car co-ops.


Grants, Support, and Product Donations

MEC supports grassroots organizations and their efforts to conserve ecologically and recreationally important places and to inspire and enable Canadians to be active outdoors. Through our Community Contributions program MEC donates gear, funding and in-kind support, helping us all keep space for adventure.

See our Community Contributions programs for details and information on how to apply.

Green Building Tours

Recycled building materials, re-circulated rainwater, low energy usage – what does it all look like, and how does it work? If your group is interested in taking a tour of our green building, please email the outreach coordinator for information:

Display Space

Not-for-profit groups that have similar values to MEC can use our floor space free of charge to educate the public about current environmental or outdoor issues, or to collect public input regarding future park or government initiatives. Local clubs can also spend time here, letting people know they exist and what they have to offer.

Community Meeting Room

Our meeting room can accommodate small groups, and is available to local outdoor clubs, ENGOs, or NGOs that have a similar mandate as MEC.

We have audio visual equipment (not including laptop computers), white boards, and flip charts. Use of our space is free. If interested, please email our outreach coordinator at least a month in advance of your event.

Seminars and Store Tours

We offer free presentations and informational store tours to interested student groups, outdoor organizations, environmental organizations, or business. Topics range learning about outdoor gear and trip planning to corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability practices.