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On-water safety: mandatory gear

Transport Canada requires that paddlers carry certain safety items on canoes, kayaks, and even kiteboards and stand-up paddleboards. The minimum you n…

MEC iPhone app

Shop over 10,000 products. See what’s new, search by activity or category, or browse photos to find what you want. Find detailed product info, view sp…

MEC Events

Shared connections and shared passions keep us humming and keep us inspired. Find stuff to do, places to go, and people who fuel your fire. Looking fo…

The art of open-fire cooking

Date May 18, 2017 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" Wieners on a stick are just the start of what’s possible with campfire cooking. If you’…

How to choose bike tires

Having the right tires on your bike lets you ride faster, corner harder and adds confidence for tackling different types of terrain. Choose tires that…

MEC Drishti Jacket

The MEC Drishti Jacket has an elastic drawcord with metal ends, and there’s a small risk of the ends catching on something and snapping back into your…

Filzer DOT Disc Brake Fluid (January 2017)

Health Canada recently issued a recall of four styles of Filzer DOT Disc Brake Fluid, stating that these products “are not provided with the required …

6 habits of highly successful athletes

Date March 29, 2017 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Beyond natural physical abilities, what makes skilled athletes so impressive is their commi…

Essential camping gear for Quebec parks

Date August 25, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear" It’s no wonder that Quebec – with its countless lakes, hundreds of kilometres of trails, lush forests…

Your guide to canoe trips in Algonquin Park

Date April 19, 2017 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips, Travel and places" Algonquin Park is not only Ontario’s first provincial park, it’s also th…

Winter camping tips: 26 things beginners should know

Date February 27, 2017 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" Many people think winter camping is something impossible or extreme. But in realit…

7 things to look for in a quality tent

Date March 22, 2017 Found in "Activities, Gear" A tent is your home away from home. You want it to be a dry, comfy shelter – and you don’t want to hav…

Discipline: Hometown Resides

The ultimate guide to keeping your kids warm all winter

Date December 16, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" As a parent, there’s no denying the annual daydream: a carefree vacation away from…

Campus survival secrets

Date July 25, 2016 Found in "Skills and tips" Semester one. It’s just around the corner. Maybe it’s your first school semester ever, or maybe you’re d…

Bike review: Intense Recluse with Forrest Riesco

Date September 8, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear" Intense Cycles recently released their 2017 lineup, including the totally new Recluse. Purpose-buil…

IOU: 7 priceless gifts for kids

Date December 12, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" The best presents are often things that can’t be wrapped or put in a box. Yet amid the f…

9 easy meal hacks for family camping

Date July 18, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Camping is a simple way to vacation with your family, but trying to prep food while setting …

Where to polar dip (and why)

Date December 7, 2016 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Looking for a fresh start in 2016? Look no further than the polar dip, the popular annu…

Full season: Ghost Cagua bike review

Date January 31, 2014 Found in "Gear" I’ve had a fantastic season on my Cagua series Ghost Bike, riding quite aggressively in multiple disciplines. It…

How to make your kids hate skiing

Date November 5, 2015 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Growing up skiing, I went on to become a ski-a-holic and CSIA Level II instructor while m…

Why MEC Ambassadors train in Kelowna

Date April 18, 2016 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" At the heart of the Okanagan valley, along the edge of the Okanagan Lake sits an opportun…

True north: A guide to Canada’s remote national parks

Date March 2, 2017 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Canada has no shortage of natural places to visit – with nearly 50 national parks and rese…

The real deal behind Fair Trade at MEC

Date May 13, 2016 Found in "Community, Gear" In a global marketplace where consumers are looking for responsibly sourced products, Fair Trade Certifie…

6 inspiring women who are crushing winter

Date March 8, 2016 Found in "Activities" International Women’s Day happens every year on March 8, drawing attention to the need for gender equality wh…

Where to go winter camping near the Rockies

Date February 28, 2017 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" A little cold weather is no reason to pack up your camping gear – especially when you …

Kitchener

Make favourite Address: 10 Manitou Drive Kitchener, Ontario N2C 2N3 Phone: Call (519) 896-4972 Manager: Geovanni Pabillar Community Community Play   O…

North York

Make favourite Address: 784 Sheppard Avenue East North York, Ontario Free underground parking Phone: Call 1 (416) 221-0030 Manager: Sean Blackwood MEC…

Shares and credit notes

MEC is owned by members. The $5 lifetime membership you buy to become a member represents your part-ownership in the Co-op. Each share can only be in …

Our own products

We live in the real world, in all its fun, cool, weird glory, and we design for anyone who takes the scenic route, or drops down the fall line, who li…

Service notices

Occasionally a product we sold is missing a part, needs a minor upgrade or must be removed from our assortment. This page includes links to service no…

Backpacking checklist

Date July 27, 2016 Found in "Gear, Skills and tips" Wondering what you need for a hiking trip? Use this backpacking checklist when planning an overnig…

Cheers to the cheerers

Date May 8, 2017 Found in "Activities, Community" Thank you for being our witnesses. Of every second wind, kilometre crushed, shin iced, knee braced. …

Bluesign

Quick-drying cycling jerseys, waterproof-breathable alpine jackets, even merino wool base layers – they all involve yarns, dyes, and sometimes special…

Bike workshops

Whether you’re looking to learn how to repair a flat or you want to get up close and personal with derailleurs, these workshops help you graduate from…

MEC Paddlefest

At stores across Canada, we throw a summertime party with water and waves. At Paddlefests you’ll find gear and tips for stand-up paddleboarding, kayak…

MEC Race Series

The MEC Race Series is now the largest series of races in Canada and includes beginner-friendly 5K courses, gnarly trail runs, 55K ultra runs and Cana…

A coffee addict's guide to camp coffee

Date May 4, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" Some say camping without beer is just sitting in the woods. Most MEC staff feel the same…

Essential gear for summer camping in Ontario

Date July 20, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear" There are a few factors that make for a stellar camping trip: an awesome crew, some gorgeous scenery an…

South Chilcotins: gear list

This mountain bike trip is tailored to intermediate and advanced riders, so we assume you have a solid awareness of the clothing, gear, and bike neede…

South Chilcotins: FAQ

Info to help you pack and prepare for this week-long mountain biking trip.   What’s the riding like? The trip is cross-country/all-mountain style. You…

Sea to Sky: gear list

This MEC mountain bike trip is tailored to intermediate and advanced riders, so we assume you have a solid awareness of the apparel, gear and bike nee…

Sea to Sky: gear list

Please note: there are currently no 4-day Sea to Sky bike trips available. Check out the 3-day mountain bike trips through this stunning corridor inst…

DWR and PFCs

The durable water repellent (DWR) finishes applied to many outdoor products require complex chemical technology to make them effective. A class of che…

Microplastics and marine environments

The world’s oceans are awash in plastic pollution. It’s an issue many of us are familiar with, one that’s exemplified by the Great Pacific garbage pat…

Triathlon events

Ever wanted to try a tri? Or are you feeling like a triple threat? Give MEC Sprint Triathlon races a go. To get ready for the rush, sign up for a tria…

City cycling culture: Canadian cities great for urban riding

Date May 4, 2017 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" As Canada’s bike culture continues to grow, more and more cities are investing in cycling in…

Expedition Support

We support expeditions to pioneer new routes, touch summits, paddle rivers, cycle or ski – across the country and across the globe. We want to help Ca…

How to choose a bike helmet

Essential for cyclists, bike helmets protect your head against impact. They reduce peak energy of an impact and help your head decelerate slowly. Like…

Media

Find an MEC spokesperson for interviews, locate specialized gear or discover the latest trends in outdoor and fitness. Kathleen McDonald at NKPR kathl…

Advice, tips & how-tos

Stone, snow, surf, dirt – our staff are into it. If you’re not sure what you need, explore. Ask us anything. You’ll find real-world experience and pas…

Be a better runner: get the tempo run 101

Date August 17, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Tempo runs appear on training plans and get chatted about at run groups. But what exactly …

A gift for you: ski wallpaper to get you stoked for winter

Date December 8, 2016 Found in "Activities" Every year, we show a little love to our members by offering a digital download of a rad photo captured by…

MEC Laval

Download PDF MEC continues to inspire Quebecois to stay active by opening new store in Laval Fifth store in Quebec for outdoor retailer to support 69,…

MEC Edmonton relocation

Download PDF MEC Edmonton gearing up to move to city’s Brewery District in spring 2017 New two-storey 38,000-sq-ft location will enable Co-op to bette…

Types of kayaks

Find fresh ways to explore coastlines, lakes and fast-moving rivers. Open water, touring, whitewater or racing, there’s a boat for every aquatic setti…

How to choose climbing shoes

Climbing shoes fit differently than any other type of shoes you own. You want them to support your foot, allow lots of sensitivity and stick to surfac…

Cycling events

Join fellow roadies, mountain bikers and all-around two-wheeled aficionados at MEC biking events. Enjoy easy-to-follow bike maintenance workshops and …

Making our products

When MEC creates a backpack, tent, or pair of running tights, a complex decision-making process happens before that product is available for you to ow…

Fartlek and 9 other must-know run terms

Date July 12, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Run crews are teeming with veteran racers and pace bunnies bonding over tempo work, PRs and …

How to après like a pro

Date November 10, 2017 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Après skiing is all about connecting with your buds and reliving the best moments of you…

How to start winter running: tips and gear

Date February 20, 2017 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" As more and more people take up running each year, running when it’s cold and snow…

What not to do when fall bike commuting

Date September 12, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Fun fact: I’m a born-again bike commuter. I ride a lot of bikes, but I once loathed com…

MEC launches ski and snowboard resort collection

Download PDF MEC launches first resort ski and snowboard collection after decades in backcountry snowsports Olympian Roz Groenewoud and pro-snowboarde…

MEC and Vancouver Aquarium to study microplastics

Download PDF MEC and Vancouver Aquarium embark on study of microplastics in BC marine environments Research will map microfibre profiles against commo…

MEC south Calgary and west Calgary

Download PDF MEC to open new stores in south Calgary and west Calgary within three years Outdoor retailer gears up to open new locations in Seton in f…

How to choose and fit ski boots

Your ski boots may be the single most important piece of gear for comfortable downhill or backcountry runs. When you’re buying ski boots, it’s crucial…

How to choose downhill skis

Choosing new downhill skis might feel overwhelming when you’re looking at all the different types of skis (especially if you’re a new skier or are shi…

How to choose and fit a pack How to fit a backpack Care and repair

When choosing a pack, the first thing to consider is how much capacity you want. Carrying a pack that’s bigger than you need means you’ll be carrying …

How to choose a canoe

Canoes are versatile boats, and can handle a variety of lake and river conditions, but the shape, materials and design features influence how they per…

About climbing gear and carabiners

There’s more to climbing than just going up. When a climber leads a pitch from the ground up, they clip the rope either to pre-placed bolts drilled in…

MEC One Buoyant Heaving Line

MEC has discovered three problems with the 2015 (dark citron) version of this product. If you purchased this product, please look at your heaving line…

SoLo GI Lemon Lift energy voluntary recall (March 2017)

SoLo GI Lemon Lift energy bars sold at MEC after October 4, 2016 may be subject to a voluntary recall recently initiated by the manufacturer New Era N…

Black Diamond Camalots, Camalot Ultralights, and Index ascenders, specific models

Certain models of Black Diamond Camalots, Camalot Ultralights, or Index Ascenders are subject to a manufacturer’s voluntary recall. According to Black…

Black Diamond nylon runners

Certain models of Black Diamond nylon runners (slings) are subject to a manufacturer’s voluntary recall. A small number of runners have been found tha…

Black Diamond Carabiner/Quickdraw, specific models

Certain models of Black Diamond carabiners/quickdraws are subject to a manufacturer’s voluntary recall. According to Black Diamond, the recall is beca…

Dynafit Khion and Khion Carbon ski boots (July 2016)

All Dynafit Khion women’s ski boots or Khion Carbon men’s ski boots are subject to a recall. Dynafit has identified significant concerns with all Khio…

G3 Carbon Avalanche Probes

G3 recently informed us that three styles of probes are affected by a voluntary recall. According to G3: In rare instances… an internal ferrule can lo…

BOB Motion Travel System (February 2017)

The BOB Motion Travel System is subject to a recall and requires a free part upgrade. Although you can continue to safely use your stroller and car se…

Social & environmental accountability

We believe a quality product has the smallest possible footprint, that it’s made carefully and with respect for the people who produce it.

Animal welfare

Being able to trace down and wool back to the farms they come from is a large part of making sure animal welfare standards are being upheld. Responsib…

Special offers

Package discounts at MEC: phone and in-store purchases Multi-product discounts are awesome when you’re getting into a new activity – but currently can…

Just add sun: our favourite solar powered products

Date May 16, 2017 Found in "Activities, Gear" While getting outdoors gives us the chance to disconnect from our phones and screens, there are also ple…

Hiking and camping

Want to get off the beaten path or try camping for the first time? Learn just what to pack for a camping trip, how to navigate by GPS or compass, or w…

Inside MEC

Play Show up Before any mission: race, long ride or big route, there’s the moment when the alarm goes off and you kind of hope it’s raining, or too ho…

Les roues Black inc. arrivent chez MEC

Our website is a bilingual place, but some regional content is available in just one language. En exclusivité chez MEC : les roues Black inc. arrivent…

MEC Provincial Road 222 Bikes (July 2016)

MEC Provincial Road 222 bikes may be missing a set screw on the fork through-axle. The through-axle set screw holds the axle nut in place when the axl…

Our corporate & group sales

We outfit Search and Rescue groups, clubs, schools, teams, government agencies, as well as private and public companies with outdoor clothing, gear, g…

Paddling events

Make the most of Canada’s lakes, rivers and coastlines. Whether you’re an experienced paddler or someone who’s interested in trying SUP for the first …

Ortovox S1+ Avalanche Transceiver

Ortovox has issued a precautionary recall of its S1+ model due to a problem with the transmission function of the transceivers, which may fail without…

Trango Vergo belay device (April 2017)

Belay devices sold after October 1, 2016 may be subject to a voluntary recall recently initiated by the manufacturer. Recalled Vergo belay devices are…

Annual general meeting

MEC holds this meeting every year. Any member can attend. You’ll discover what MEC has been up to for the past year, meet the Board and leadership tea…

Archived reports

You can download the following reports: 2016-2017 2016-17 MEC Annual Report (pdf) 2016-17 Scorecard (pdf) 2016-17 Materiality Matrix (pdf) 2016-17 Fin…

South Chilcotins: Guides

Epic trips and rugged terrain need expert guides.  Meet the experienced riders who will keep the stoke high as they lead you on an unforgettable adven…

Québec City

Make favourite Address: 1475 Boulevard Lebourgneuf Québec City, Québec G2K 2G3 Phone: Call (418) 522-8884 Manager: Marie Claude Asselin Community Comm…

MEC South Edmonton Grand Opening

Download PDF MEC to open second store in Alberta capital, at South Edmonton Common Outdoor retailer’s new 35,000-sq-ft location set to host community …

Infographic: Canoe, kayak or SUP?

Date May 12, 2017 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" Curious about what makes paddleboards popular? Wondering whether a canoe or kayak would…

Cyclocross races

Take to the hills (and grassy fields, forest paths and muddy trails). Cross races are just the thing to mix up your regular cycling routine, and a gre…

5 ways to stay active in the city during winter

Date December 21, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, you may start to feel like you’re stu…

How to do anything: navigate using the stars

Date December 19, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Every so often, you wind up outside on one of those perfect nights – when the moon is sh…

The best of MEC in 2015

Date January 1, 2016 Found in "Community" From standout member moments and adventurous canines to being named the top brand in the nation, 2015 was fu…

Must-hit stops on an Eastern Canada outdoor adventure

Date January 11, 2017 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" An Eastern Canada road trip is a must for serious Canadian adventurers. The variety of …

Hidden gems: 5 awesome Quebec campsites

Date March 15, 2017 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Looking to get away to a new Quebec campground this year? La Belle Province is full of pa…

23 vintage Canadian ski photos

Date November 24, 2015 Found in "Activities, Community" Ah, the Great White North. Not just a hilarious 80s SCTV skit featuring everyone’s favourite h…

Chasing Sunrise: 36 hours in the unknown

Date May 18, 2016 Found in "Activities, Community" “You hear us talk about it all the time, but this is really about just making it count – and that’s…

10 ways to protect your fave paddle, surf or swim spot

Date August 31, 2016 Found in "Community" Whether you’re an avid kayaker, a Great Lakes surfing newbie, or a hiker who just likes a good lake dip, fre…

Trail tips: Where to mountain bike in North Vancouver

Date March 9, 2017 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips, Travel and places" Vancouver’s North Shore is one of the most famous riding areas in the wor…

Wednesday night camp-out: 7 items worth the weight

Date August 22, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear, Stories" When you surround yourself with outdoorsy types, your notions of what’s normal become skewed…

10 tips for great ski photos

Date October 7, 2015 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" How do you capture the brightness of snow, keep your ski photos from falling flat on an ov…

Why being active outdoors matters more than ever

Date October 2, 2016 Found in "Community, Stories" Not so long ago, Anna Pearson woke up at 2:45am, walked 8km up to Cascade Lookout in Manning Park, …

Jim Willett's record run of the Bruce Trail

Date October 7, 2014 Found in "Community, Stories" MEC works with a group of athletes who inspire people, strive to innovate, and set benchmarks withi…

Bike Review: The Ghost 2016 SL AMR

Date March 4, 2016 Found in "Gear" As a staff gear tester at MEC and a rider who gets in 100+ days a year, I’ve had a chance to try out many different…

Fairweather: inappropriately named mountain of dreams

Date January 24, 2013 Found in "Stories" You dream, you plan, you negotiate with your significant other for sufficient time, then you just hope for go…

Road to Rio: 48 hours in Kenya with Reid Coolsaet

Date April 12, 2016 Found in "Stories" For the past six years, Canada’s current fastest marathoner* and New Balance athlete Reid Coolsaet has spent 4–…

Why we go outdoors

Date May 24, 2016 Found in "Stories" We go outside, initially, because our parents make us. We protest of course, longing to stay inside and watch TV …

Joshua Lavigne

Discipline: Climbing Ambassador Hometown Paquetteville, QC Resides Canmore, AB For over a decade, Joshua has committed his life to climbing. He’s clim…

Awesome run routes in Ottawa-Gatineau

Date September 16, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips, Travel and places" Whether running’s part of your weekday schedule or your weekend fun,…

5 tips you need for backpacking in Vietnam

Date July 12, 2016 Found in "Travel and places" If you’ve never travelled to Southeast Asia (or Vietnam) then you’re in for an unforgettable trip. Be …

Product recalls

Making sure the products we sell are safe for members is a top priority for MEC. This page includes links to information about recalls that affect pro…

Elections and nominations

BOARD NOMINATIONS MEC is Canada’s go-to place for outdoor gear, know-how and inspiration: a large retail cooperative with over 5 million members in Ca…

4-Day South Chilcotins

Check “epic mountain bike trip” off your bucket list, and discover the South Chilcotins of British Columbia. These guided trips give you a chance to u…

3-day Sea to Sky corridor

Find out first-hand why the Sea to Sky corridor attracts so many mountain bikers from around the world. This trip has some of the sweetest singletrack…

4-day Sea to Sky Corridor

Find out first-hand why the Sea to Sky corridor attracts so many mountain bikers from around the world. This trip has some of the sweetest singletrack…

Camp kitchen secrets

Date May 12, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" Want your camp-chef repertoire to consist of more than hot dogs, chips, tang and warm b…

Craft s'mores: Boost your camp snack game

Date May 19, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Can we take a moment to discuss the genius of the camp s’more? Melty, crunchy and beautifully…

Which Runner Are You?

Date May 3, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear" Regular runners know that Canada’s pathways, roads and sidewalks are a never-ending parade of pace-chasin…

12 favourite Canadian campsites

Date August 1, 2014 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" We asked you to tell us your favourite Canadian camping destinations on Facebook, and the…

6 amazing outdoor projects debuting in 2017

Date December 14, 2016 Found in "Community" Q: Where do great outdoor ideas come from? A: The next generation of outdoor lovers. This year, MEC Outdoo…

A first-timer’s guide to mountain biking

Date February 17, 2017 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" I ride bikes, but until recently, they weren’t the mountain kind. Instead, they were the…

Surf the Greats: catching winter waves

Date November 8, 2016 Found in "Activities, Community, Skills and tips" Late October and early November often signal the start of Canadian winter (the…

How to do anything: make art in the wild

Date November 4, 2016 Found in "Community, Stories" Chances are, throughout your workday, your left brain does a lot of heavy lifting. You’re setting …

5 great SUP exercises

Date July 2, 2014 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" You might not guess it from looking at serene paddlers, casually gliding along, but stand up …

10 weird ways to recycle your ski gear

Date September 27, 2016 Found in "Gear, Skills and tips" Are you hanging onto downhill skis so skinny they’ve been mistaken for cross-country skis? Is…

Portrait of a pro: Ski cross athlete Brittany Phelan

Date October 24, 2016 Found in "Activities, Stories" Like many people, Brittany Phelan gets pumped by the experience of speed and facing challenges he…

17 weird ways to train for an obstacle course

Date May 18, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Sure, you can hit the gym and up your reps – or you can take your training closer to a real o…

The world of under over photography

Date June 1, 2013 Found in "Skills and tips" Years ago, when the MEC spring catalogue arrived in my mailbox, the cover immediately caught my eye. It s…

Bluebird to whiteout: what to wear when you go skiing

Date October 12, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" Wherever you live in our beautiful nation, one thing is pretty much guaranteed each…

The Edmontonian guide to winter hikes

Date January 13, 2017 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Winters in Edmonton can get pretty cold, with plenty of snowfall blanketing the city. T…

Beat the heat: tips for running in summer

Date August 2, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Ah summer – glorious sunshine, birds chirping and long days. No better time to run, right? …

Essential gear for camping in the Prairie provinces

Date August 9, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear" The Prairie provinces are incredibly vast, comprised of everything from grasslands to mountains. There…

Review of the 2015 Ghost bikes Riot LT

Date February 26, 2015 Found in "Gear" I had the chance to take Ghost Bikes’ latest all-mountain machine out for a test ride. After a successful year …

Tarp + tent = the ultimate camp set-up

Date July 28, 2014 Found in "Gear, Skills and tips" Most people think about tents when they think about camping, only a few hardcore minimalists pictu…

Winter adventures to try near the GTA

Date January 3, 2017 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Step outside and you’ll find the city blanketed in crisp white snow – a familiar sight f…

Dirt Search: who won the grant gold

Date April 4, 2016 Found in "Community" We’re pumped to announce the winners of the MEC Dirt Search. Each winning organization receives $10,000 for tr…

Rock climbing checklist

Nothing cuts a day at the crag short like showing up without your rock shoes. Use this list to get organized, so you can be ready to go whenever the r…

How to transport a kayak or canoe

Before you can start paddling, you’ll have to negotiate the trip from the garage to the water’s edge safely and securely. Once your boat is on your ve…

AGM archived reports

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE FOLLOWING Meeting minutes: 2017 AGM Minutes (pdf) 2016 AGM Minutes (pdf) 2015 AGM Minutes (pdf) 2014 AGM Minutes (pdf)

What’s new this week

Date April 27, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" Have a camping trip coming up? Or maybe the spring rainy season is still in full swing in your city? C…

Mission and values

We inspire and enable everyone to lead active outdoor lifestyles. We do that by selling outdoor gear, clothing and services. We match our members with…

The best camp gear for your small apartment

Date May 19, 2017 Found in "Activities, Gear" The only dark side of camping and slowly building your collection of rad outdoor gear? Inevitably, you’l…

Spin sessions

Don’t let your training drop off just because the weather isn’t cooperating. These indoor spin trainer sessions roll through drills, pedaling efficien…

Community investment

Our vision is to build a community of active outdoor enthusiasts. Taking the lead from our purpose – to inspire and enable everyone to lead active out…

Website terms of use

For information on privacy issues please also see our Privacy policy. Terms and conditions By accessing our website, you, the user, agree to the terms…

Ski service

Looking for a reliable place to get your skis or snowboard serviced this winter? Most of our stores offer professional ski shop services at competitiv…

Gear rentals

Want to try a new activity without breaking the bank? Don’t know which kayak to buy and want to test one out? Most of our stores have rental gear on h…

Our roots

In 1971, a group of west coast mountaineers made a decision to do business differently, and they turned an unconventional retail model into a thriving…

Governance and leadership senior managers

In our 40+ years, MEC has grown into a complex organization. But as a democratically owned business, each of us influences its direction. On behalf of…

Partnerships

With our noteworthy projects and national partnerships we can amplify our efforts and extend our reach across borders, connecting the local environmen…

Photography submissions

We use images in many ways (store displays, mec.ca, email communications, ads and promotions). We choose images based on the design and layout require…

MEC Ambassadors

MEC Ambassadors are aficionados for the sports we love, working to set new benchmarks in their chosen fields and pushing themselves beyond their indiv…

Press releases

Release Date MEC to open new store in Saskatoon 20/11/2018 MEC CEO David Labistour to step down 06/11/2018 CEC and MEC sign sport climbing agreement 0…

Demo an Intense bike

Test ride it before you buy it. Talk to an MTB Specialist in any store, or get in touch below. The cost is $50 (which you get back if you buy an Inten…

MEC Kelowna

Download PDF MEC is coming to the Okanagan; employees say ‘Finally,’ ‘Awesome,’ ‘Yes!’ MEC Kelowna will open spring 2016 at the Orchard Plaza Shopping…

MEC rebrand

Download PDF Mountain Equipment Co-op rebrands to inspire and motivate more Canadians to get outside National search for inspiring outdoor enthusiasts…

Recycled fibres

When you choose something made with recycled polyester and nylon, you’re diverting waste out of the landfill and keeping it out of oceans. Recycled po…

Green buildings

From the roofs of our buildings to the behind-the-scenes heating and cooling systems, MEC aims to maximize efficiency and minimize environmental impac…

Transparency and reporting

Good governance is about making every decision with the long-term interests of MEC in mind. It means our leadership, processes and policies create the…

The life-changing magic of joining a club

Date April 27, 2017 Found in "Activities, Community, Stories" It’s no secret that running crews and training clubs are basically a gold mine of motiva…

A beginner’s guide to bike commuting in Toronto

Date June 21, 2017 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" I grew up cycling in residential Toronto on park trails and tree-lined streets with minimal …

Working here

With every conversation, every piece of advice, every transaction, bike fitting, clinic or event – we bring it. We do everything we can to get people …

PVC-free materials

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a common, low-cost plastic used in tens of thousands of items, such as vinyl fabrics, paint, pipes, siding and plastic wra…

How to choose a stand up paddleboard

A stand-up paddleboard (SUP) combines paddling with surfing. It gives you a fresh perspective, lets you look right down into the water, and feels like…

Climbing grade conversion

In North America both sport and trad rock climbs are graded using the YDS (Yosemite Decimal System). This system starts at 5.0 (like climbing a steep …

About climbing ropes

Ropes used for rock climbing are dynamic ropes, designed to stretch on impact to absorb the energy generated by a fall. For most cragging and single p…

Planning for overnight hikes

Waking up outside is always memorable. For some, the experience gets even better by hiking into a place that’s only accessible by foot. Getting to a r…

Backcountry water treatment

All water sources in the backcountry, pristine-looking lakes, fast-flowing creeks and glacier-fed streams can be contaminated by birds, animals or hum…

Lightweight packing tips

You can travel farther and faster if you carry less gear. If you have only a weekend to get away, this strategy can increase the range of trails you c…

The 10 essentials for hiking and camping

Wondering what to bring hiking? Even if you’re only planning to be out for a few hours on a day hike, it’s important to pack some essential items. Wea…

Fitting your bike

If you find your bike isn’t feeling very comfortable, you may only need to make a few small adjustments to your seat (saddle) or handlebars. Saddle an…

Sea to Sky Corridor: Guides

Epic trips and rugged terrain need expert guides. Meet the experienced riders who will keep the stoke high as they lead you on an unforgettable advent…

MEC Vancouver relocation

Download PDF MEC and Beedie unveil plans to develop new flagship store in Olympic Village Mixed-use development with 45,000-sq-ft store would support …

MEC Edmonton moves to Brewery District

Download PDF MEC moves to new prairie- and city-inspired store in Edmonton Brewery District Outdoor retailer increases retail area 40 per cent, expand…

MEC Kitchener

Download PDF Leading outdoor activity retailer MEC announces first location in Tri-Cities; open spring 2017 MEC to occupy new centrally located 18,000…

MEC North York Now Open

Download PDF MEC supports Ontarians to get outside with new North York store; third in GTA Long-awaited 34,000-sq.-ft. Sheppard Ave East location to s…

MEC head office

We’re an innovative place, and our office building demonstrates that. It’s a LEED® Platinum Certified facility and is near transit, across from a park…

Intense demo days: cross-Canada tour

Want to ride some of the most rad, legendary, game-changing mountain bikes in the business? Join us for Intense Cycles Demo Days – an on-trail experie…

Surf the Greats: for the love of waves

Date November 7, 2016 Found in "Activities, Stories" One breezy summer day while arriving to surf Lake Erie with friends, Antonio Lennert witnessed so…

Shredding the Selkirks: a record-setting ski traverse

Date January 6, 2017 Found in "Stories, Travel and places" A sick feeling of terror threatens to overwhelm my concentration as I painstakingly inch my…

How to make mornings better with bikes + coffee outdoors

Date April 17, 2017 Found in "Activities, Community, Travel and places" Morgan Taylor and I have two things in common: we both like drinking coffee an…

MEC Fair Trade Certified™ apparel

Download PDF MEC announces new in-house line of Fair Trade Certified™ apparel Canadian retail co-operative will offer its Fair Trade Certified t-shirt…

Kelowna grand opening

Download PDF Anticipation ends as MEC opens doors to its first store in the Okanagan Kelowna to celebrate grand opening Saturday of new store at Orcha…

MEC London relocation

Download PDF Speciality outdoor retailer moving to larger, more visible location in London MEC taking over existing space at 1051 Wellington Road to e…

New MEC Head Office

Download PDF Iconic retailer relocates headquarters to next generation green building in East Vancouver New MEC head office specially designed to serv…

Sommet Génération plein air MEC

Our website is a bilingual place, but some regional content is available in just one language. Trois idées novatrices pour faire bouger les 18-30 ans …

MEC Kitchener

Download PDF MEC opens new store in Kitchener, Co-op’s first retail location in the Tri-Cities region Outdoor retailer invites community to grand open…

How to choose backcountry skis

Backcountry skiing covers the range from alpine touring and freeskiing to ski mountaineering and randonnée (also called skimo or rando racing). At its…

MEC Inverno Cycling Gloves

We recently became aware that a small number of MEC Inverno cycling gloves sold after August 1, 2014 developed mould spots on the outer surface, mostl…

Ridley X-Bow quick release

The Ridley X-Bow bike may need a part upgrade for the quick release for the front wheel. The issue is that the clearance between the quick release lev…

Filzer bike lubricants (January 2017)

Health Canada recently issued a recall for three styles of Filzer lubricant, stating that these products “are not provided with the required child-res…

MEC youth apparel with drawstrings

The youth apparel listed below and sold at MEC between January 2012 and August 2013 is subject to a Health Canada recall due to a safety hazard associ…

NatureLink: Connecting newcomers to nature

Date July 31, 2017 Found in "Community, Stories" Thomas arrived in Toronto from Ethiopia as a refugee in February 2017. He was blown away by the size …

North Vancouver

Make favourite Address: 212 Brooksbank Avenue North Vancouver, BC V7J 2C1 Phone: Call (604) 990-4417 Manager: Karen Berrisford Community Community You…

MEC Ambassadors

MEC Ambassadors are aficionados for the sports we love, working to set new benchmarks in their chosen fields and pushing themselves beyond their indiv…

Toronto

Make favourite Address: 400 King St West Toronto, Ontario M5V 1K2 Phone: Call (416) 340-2667 Manager: Chris Krutzmann Community Community Please note …

Run this: Bridges, monuments and open-air art

Date May 24, 2016 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" We all have those favourite routes from home that are quick, fun and get us familiar with o…

16 rad travel hacks from adventurous Canadians

Date September 29, 2016 Found in "Skills and tips, Travel and places" Whether you’re hiking the Inca Trail or biking around Paris in search of the fla…

Mountain bike trails you helped build

Date February 21, 2017 Found in "Activities, Community, Travel and places" Little known fact: MEC helps build mountain bike trails. A lot of them. Som…

7 snacks for the ski slopes

Date December 4, 2017 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Whether you’re trying to maximize your time shredding down the slopes, touring deep into …

Ski touring checklist

Date October 31, 2016 Found in "Gear, Skills and tips" Thinking about doing a hut-to-hut ski tour like the Wapta Traverse or the Canadian Haute Route?…

#goodtimesoutside: best of December

Date January 9, 2017 Found in "Activities, Community" “Winter is coming” might be the most overused catchphrase of the past five years. Instead, try t…

Gift ideas for your friend who’s always cold

Date October 30, 2018 Found in "Gear" We all know this person. They’re the one wearing a blanket indoors. They hang out in fuzzy onesies and sleep in …

Gift ideas for camp chefs

Date November 1, 2017 Found in "Gear" Whether it’s the fresh air or stunning views, everything just tastes better outside. Even the most basic hot dog…

How to wash your bike

Why wash your bike? Keeping your bike clean comes with a bunch of benefits. The biggest bonus is that clean, properly lubed components roll smoother a…

The SJAM Winter Trail: Ottawa’s winter wonderland

Date February 7, 2018 Found in "Activities, Community, Stories" Helping people get active outdoors is what we’re all about. But living in a major city…

Sarah Hart

Discipline: Climbing Ambassador Hometown Newmarket, ON Resides Squamish, BC Sarah comes from the land of steel and eight-lane highways: the GTA. While…

MEC South Edmonton Common

Download PDF MEC to open a second store in Alberta capital at South Edmonton Common Outdoor retailer’s 35,000-sq-ft Edmonton South location will be mo…

How to choose cross-country (Nordic) skis

Cross-country skiing is your ticket to cruise through snowy landscapes, over rolling hills and across frozen lakes. If you’re ready to buy your first …

How to choose a PFD

No swimmer can float unaided indefinitely. So logic, and the law, makes a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) essential equipment. Choosing the one that’s…

MEC Québec relocation

Our website is a bilingual place, but some regional content is available in just one language. Le MEC de Québec, un acteur qui a à cœur sa communauté …

How to wash waterproof jackets and pants

When your waterproof jacket was new, you might have noticed the way water beaded up on its fabric. A quick shake was all you needed to get rid of that…

How to wash a sleeping bag

Your sleeping bag might not seem like a piece of gear that requires much maintenance, but taking good care of it will help it last longer – and keep y…

How to fix a zipper

If the zipper on your sleeping bag, tent door, jacket or backpack is broken, it might be a simple fix or it might mean replacing the zipper. First, yo…

Clothing layers: how to stay warm

What’s the secret to staying warm and comfortable when active outside? Layers. Layering your outdoor clothing adds comfort by protecting your body fro…

Packs for kids

A schoolbag or kids’ pack is way more than a miniature version of an adult’s pack. Packs for children and schoolkids feature subtle design differences…

How to choose a kayak paddle

When you’re dropping in on narrow chutes you want a paddle you can trust to keep you stable and get you right side up again. When you’re paddling for …

Choose a kayak sprayskirt

On recreational kayaks, a sprayskirt keeps out rain and occasional waves, on a touring kayak, it keeps you afloat in heavy seas, on whitewater, it let…

Staying warm and sleeping warm

It’s hard to stay happy when you’re too cold, too hot or too wet. Choosing the right outdoor clothing can keep you comfortable and protect against pot…

How to choose a sleeping pad

Just because you aren’t sleeping in a bed, that doesn’t mean you can’t be comfortable while camping. Sleeping pads (a.k.a. camping mattresses) provide…

How to choose a tent

If you’re going camping or backpacking, then you’ll need a tent to sleep in after your full day outside. There are lots of tent options to choose from…

Black Diamond Whippet and Carbon Whippet

Health Canada and Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. have informed us that some 2013 models may not have been properly heat treated. Products currently for…

MEC Origami Bike

The owner’s manual that came with MEC Origami bikes purchased since January 18, 2010 contained incorrect information. The instructions for adjusting t…

South Chilcotins: what’s included

Here’s what your MEC mountain bike trip includes, and what you’ll need to cover yourself. Price includes Expert guide Trailhead shuttles where necessa…

MEC picks: day hikes across Canada

Date April 27, 2016 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Follow MEC Ambassadors and staff as we list some of our favourite hikes across the nation…

Hidden gems: 6 awesome campsites in BC

Date July 10, 2017 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" BC’s mountains, islands, beaches, rivers and valleys make it paradise for anyone who’s itc…

Programs

We bring people together, protect natural places, and inspire Canadians to lead active lives outside. MEC Outdoor Nation Dedicated to getting young pe…

Coast to coast: 10 Canadian run crews you should join

Date April 7, 2017 Found in "Activities, Community" Whether you’re the type of runner who likes to track every kilometre and calorie burned or the typ…

MEC Snowfest

Falling flakes make us happy, so we’re throwing a party to welcome winter. Check out the latest snowsports gear, pick up new skills, and find deals at…

Sea to Sky FAQ

Read through the questions below to help you plan, decide, pack and enjoy this mountain biking adventure in BC’s Sea to Sky corridor. What’s the ridin…

Service Centre holiday hours

Holiday Open Close New Year’s Day Tue Jan 1, 2019 Closed Family Day Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:00am 8:00pm Good Friday Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:00am 6:00pm Easter S…

Weekend camping getaways from Quebec City

Date April 26, 2017 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Quebec City is surrounded by parks that offer full-service camping options or quieter, hi…

Travel tips for a nomadic life

Date May 18, 2017 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips, Travel and places" At one point in our lives, many of us have experienced an uncontrollable u…

Where to go trail running near Quebec City

Date May 17, 2017 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" After a tough winter, nothing beats the feeling of breaking out your running shoes and fina…

Small towns to explore on a cross-Canada road trip

Date June 1, 2017 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Even if you’ve lived in Canada your whole life, there’s a good chance you’ve only seen a sm…

Outdoor festival camping checklist

Date May 2, 2017 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" Preparing for a multi-day festival getaway this summer? We’ve got your festival packing …

Grassroots product donations

MEC gift cards, valued up to $200, enable grassroots groups to raise funds or reward volunteers. Your organization must be dedicated to inspiring and …

Community grants

Through our grants of up to $20,000 MEC supports the community of active outdoor enthusiasts. MEC conduct two grant cycles annually. Applications must…

MEC Century Rides

Scenic rides with aid stations, mobile bike mechanics, unlimited high-fives and usually some snacks and drinks as part of the package. There are dista…

MEC Bikefest

We love bikes and we’re throwing a party in their honour. Come to MEC Bikefest to demo a new ride, score deals, learn some skills, and celebrate the a…

Sea to Sky FAQ

Read through the questions below to help you plan, decide, pack and enjoy this mountain biking adventure in BC’s Sea to Sky corridor. What’s the ridin…

Génération plein air MEC

Our website is a bilingual place, but some regional content is available in just one language. MEC lance un moubvement pour inspirer les jeunes Canadi…

MEC Outdoor Nation 2015

Download PDF Because outside is the best side: MEC Outdoor Nation 2015 is stoked to announce the first ever MEC Outdoor Nation Weekends in Toronto and…

MEC Laval

Our website is a bilingual place, but some regional content is available in just one language. Accroître la communauté de mordus de plein air : MEC au…

New MEC London

MEC opens relocated and expanded London store at 1051 Wellington Road Outdoor retailer doubles size of old location; expands active lifestyle product …

MEC launches Homewaters

Download PDF MEC launches Homewaters: a crowdsourcing campaign for freshwater conservation Online program benefits Canadian lakes and rivers and the g…

Les Québécois, les plus mordus de vélo et de sports d’hiver au pays

Our website is a bilingual place, but some regional content is available in just one language. La nouvelle marque MEC incitera à être actif en plein a…

What skis are right for you?

Date November 28, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" It’s the time of year when our excitement for snow on the ski hill is picking up m…

Where to camp in Ontario’s cottage country

Date April 19, 2017 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" When you hear about Ontario’s “cottage country,” you typically think of recreational lake…

Clif Builder’s Chocolate Mint protein bar allergy-alert recall (July 2017)

Clif Builder’s Chocolate Mint protein bars sold at MEC may be subject to a voluntary recall recently initiated by the manufacturer Clif Bar & Company.…

Rélocalisation de MEC Québec

Our website is a bilingual place, but some regional content is available in just one language. Le magasin MEC de Québec se renouvellera pour être là o…

DMM Locking Carabiners

Some DMM locking carabiners may be subject to a manufacturer’s recent voluntary recall. According to DMM, in a small number of its carabiners: The int…

Fair trade

A Fair Trade logo indicates a particular set of standards. It signifies that an item was made by people in safe working conditions, who have a voice i…

Accountability

Each year, we set goals and track our progress; here are the highlights from our most recent results. More information is available on our Transparenc…

Wool garments for the outdoors

From temperature regulation to dirt and odour repellency, there are many reasons to add wool clothing to your active wardrobe. As a base layer for run…

Ghost Bikes quick release, specific models

Certain models of Ghost Bicycles may need a part upgrade for the quick release for the front wheel. The issue is that the clearance between the quick …

Scarpa F1 EVO Ski Boots

Scarpa has informed MEC that it is voluntarily recalling its F1 EVO Ski Boots due to a functional defect. According to the manufacturer, in rare circu…

Clif bar sierra trail mix energy bars (June 2016)

Clif Bar Sierra Trail Mix energy bars with certain “best by” dates may be subject to a voluntary recall recently initiated by Clif Bar. Recalled bars …

Go Macro Coconut Almond Butter Chocolate Chip energy bars (June 2017)

Go Macro Coconut Almond Butter Chocolate Chip energy bars sold at MEC may be subject to a voluntary recall recently initiated by the manufacturer Plan…

Be a better runner: how to prep for race day

Date September 20, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Pinning on a race number and toeing a start line can bring a flutter to your stomach, n…

Be a better runner: how to get fast with speed work

Date August 30, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" It’s sweaty, it’s hard, it’s worth it. Learn how to avoid the most common mistake new runn…

Bolting in the Skaha Bluffs: not just another clip-fest

Date August 2, 2017 Found in "Community, Stories, Travel and places" Skaha Bluffs was my first climbing destination road trip. I was an 18-year-old gr…

Vancouver

Make favourite Address: 130 West Broadway Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 1P3 Phone: Call (604) 872-7858 Manager: Paul Burgoyne Community Community Yo…

Calgary

Make favourite Address: 830 – 10th Avenue SW Calgary, Alberta T2R 0A9 Phone: Call (403) 269-2420 Manager: Matthew Lewis Community Community Your local…

London

Make favourite Address: 1051 Wellington Road London, Ontario N6E 1W4 Phone: Call (519) 668-6657 Manager: Marten Mann Community Community We’ve moved! …

Montréal (Marché Central)

Make favourite Address: 8989 de l'Acadie Boulevard Montréal, Québec H4N 3K1 Phone: Call (514) 788-5878 Manager: Josette Fauteux Community Community Yo…

Barrie

Make favourite Address: 61 Bryne Drive Barrie, Ontario L4N 8V8 Phone: Call (705) 792-4675 Manager: Stacey Baldry Community Community Your local MEC st…

Edmonton

Make favourite Address: 11904 104th Ave NW Edmonton, Alberta T5K 0G6 Phone: Call (780) 488-6614 Manager: Craig Binch Community Community Play Your loc…

Kelowna

Make favourite Address: 1876 Cooper Rd, Unit 100 Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 9N6 Phone: Call (250) 448-7637 Manager: Karen Fitzgibbons Community Com…

Winnipeg

Make favourite Address: 303 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2B4 Phone: Call (204) 943-4202 Manager: Ken Berg Community Community Your local MEC …

Victoria

Make favourite Address: 1450 Government Street Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1Z2 Phone: Call (250) 386-2667 Manager: