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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…

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…

Kitchener

Address: Open for pickup only. 10 Manitou Drive Kitchener, Ontario N2C 2N3 Phone: Call (519) 896-4972 Manager: Marten Mann Welcome Welcome We are foll…

North York

Address: 784 Sheppard Avenue East North York, Ontario M2K 1C3 Phone: Call 1 (416) 221-0030 Manager: Graeme Stewart Welcome Welcome We are following th…

Cycling events

Join fellow roadies, mountain bikers and all-around two-wheeled aficionados. Check out easy-to-follow bike maintenance workshops and introductions to …

Sea to Sky: 3-day what’s included

All the details about what the price of MEC mountain bike trips include, and what you need to cover yourself. Trip features includeD Expert guides, on…

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…

Corporate and 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 …

SUP clinics

Whether you’re an experienced paddler or just looking for a serious core workout, stand-up paddleboarding is the new frontier in water outings and fit…

Run socials

If you’re gearing up for a High Point Race or lacing up for the first time, Run Socials are a great way to get out and get stoked. Find one near you t…

MEC South Edmonton Common

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 more accessible…

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…

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…

Backpacking basics: How to plan an overnight hiking trip

Waking up outside is always memorable – and it can get even better by hiking into a place that’s only accessible by foot. Getting to a remote location…

About water treatment, filters and purifiers

When you’re hiking in the backcountry, all water sources – pristine-looking lakes, fast-flowing creeks and glacier-fed streams – can be contaminated b…

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…

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…

MEC Kelowna

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

Tim Jones memorial fund

Download PDF MEC to match member donations to Tim Jones Memorial Endowment Fund Donations received in local stores through end of February matched by …

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…

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…

How to choose trail runners

How do you know what trail running shoes are best for you? It’s important to find the right fit for your feet to keep you comfortable on your run. It’…

MEC Speed Kids' Cycling Helmet

Some members have informed us that these helmets are difficult to adjust and pose a safety risk as a result. In some cases, the hook-and-loop (Velcro®…

MEC Aquanot 20L and Aquanot Rolltop 20L bike pannier maintenance (July 2017)

The MEC Aquanot 20L and Aquanot Rolltop 20L require inspection and may require maintenance. Although we specified that Loctite (adhesive) be applied t…

The ultimate travel pants

Date July 3, 2017 Found in "Activities, Gear, Travel and places" So there I was, sandwiched in the middle seat of a 5-hour flight to Toronto. On my ri…

Accessible member service

Comments about our service are welcomed and appreciated. You may provide feedback or complaints in person to a store’s senior managers. If store manag…

Materials and technology

How do ideas for MEC-label products happen? Sometimes it starts with a challenge from a designer to the materials team, asking for a more breathable o…

MEC's website privacy policy

Effective October 30, 2020 Scroll to the end of this page to see a record of changes to this Privacy Policy. This Website Privacy Policy explains how …

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…

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 news, Stories" It’s no secret that running crews and training clubs are basically a gold mine of m…

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…

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, and every transaction, we do everything we can to get people active outside. #mecstaffer Recruitment F…

Notice: MEC iPhone app

Heads up, members: MEC’s iPhone app was retired on September 15, 2020.  What do old hiking boots and the MEC iPhone app have in common? They both dese…

Factories and partners list

Making MEC Label clothing and gear involves people and partners from around the world. We have high standards around quality, value and sustainability…

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…

Archived reports

You can download the following reports:   2019–20 2019-20 Financial statements (pdf) 2018–19 2018–19 MEC Annual Report and scorecard (pdf) 2018–19 Mat…

MEC member spotlight: Melody Markle

Date June 20, 2017 Found in "Community news, Stories" We love that you love getting outside. That’s why we’re profiling inspiring members across Canad…

Help Centre

We are following all government advisories about gathering sizes and retail operations. Current safety measures in place. Frequently asked questions H…

Events

Find stuff to do, places to go and people who fuel your fire. MEC community events are your ticket to trying new things and learning more about the ou…

Price matching

If you find a lower price on the same product from the same season (online, in a store or advertised in print) up to 30 days after a purchase, call us…

Our gear guarantee

Our Rocksolid Guarantee We guarantee the quality of our products. If the quality of an item hasn’t met your expectations, you can bring it back. We al…

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…

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 news" Thank you for being our witnesses. Of every second wind, kilometre crushed, shin iced, knee bra…

Store pickup

Need something fast? Order online, get it at your local MEC – as soon as the next day. Free store pickup is available for every item on mec.ca. If you…

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…

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’…

Choosing the right tires for your bike

Replacing tires on your bicycle can be intimidating if you’re not sure what to look for. They come in a lot of different sizes and there’s often a pre…

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…

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…

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…

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 12 Days of Giveaways Rules: Day Eleven

This Mountain Equipment Cooperative (MEC) contest is governed by the following rules. By entering this contest, you agree to comply with these rules a…

19 Canadian trail races to add to your bucket list

Date March 23, 2018 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Maybe you’ve got a few road 10Ks or marathons under your belt, and you’re ready to trade …

Camping checklist

Get ready to pack up and sleep under the stars. This car camping checklist covers off the camp essentials, plus has some extras to make your campsite …

Backpacking food and meal planning

It’s hard enough to decide what to eat when you’re staring into the fridge at home, let alone when you’re peering into a backpack full of hastily thro…

Recruitment FAQ

Can I submit a paper application or email you my resume? There’s no denying progress, so only applications submitted online through our job board will…

How to pack a backpack

The way a pack is loaded will have a big effect on how it feels on your back. If you just cram everything in without thinking about it, you might feel…

Fair Trade Certified

A Fair Trade Certified™ seal indicates that an item was made by people in safe and healthy working conditions, who have a voice in their workplace, an…

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…

News and Media

Find an MEC spokesperson for interviews, locate specialized gear or discover the latest trends in outdoor and fitness. Penny Evangelakos at NKPR penny…

Expert advice

Have questions about getting outside? You’re in the right spot. Since 1971, MEC has been the place Canadians trust for advice on the outdoors.   Check…

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…

Using MEC gift cards

Gift cards can be redeemed at any MEC store, online, by phone or mail. You need both the card number and PIN to redeem them. Select “gift card” as you…

Hiking and camping events

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…

39 days in the air: paragliding from BC to Alberta

Date December 8, 2016 Found in "Activities, Stories, Travel and places" In the summer of 2016, Benjamin Jordan gave a whole new meaning to the idiom “…

Sea to Sky 4-day: what’s included

All the details about what the price of MEC mountain bike trips include, and what you need to cover yourself. Trip features includeD Expert guides, on…

Québec City

Address: Open for pickup only 1475 Boulevard Lebourgneuf Québec City, Québec G2K 2G3 Phone: Call (418) 522-8884 Manager: Marie Claude Asselin Welcome …

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 …

How to choose snowshoes

Snowshoes let you make the most of winter, whether that means hiking on your favourite trails, exploring in the mountains, or swapping your running sh…

How to choose a sleeping bag

After a long day of exploring, a good night’s sleep is essential. Sleeping bags come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and insulation types and you can c…

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…

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 …

Recycled content

When you choose something made with recycled content, you’re diverting waste out of the landfill and keeping it out of oceans. But the benefits don’t …

Running events

2020 Run Events – COVID Cancellation Notice As you know, COVID-19 has affected how we can safely recreate together in groups. Given these evolving gui…

MEC head office

Big news: the MEC head office is moving camp. We’re still in the process of getting our new space sorted out, so we’re not quite ready to welcome visi…

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 news, Travel and places" Morgan Taylor and I have two things in common: we both like drinking coff…

Service Centre holiday hours

Holiday Open Close Family Day Monday, February 15, 2021 6:00am 5:00pm Good Friday Friday, April 2, 2021 6:00am 5:00pm Easter Sunday Sunday, April 4, 2…

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

Due to COVID-19, MEC has had to temporarily close its stores across the country. During this period of change and the slowdown in group activities, re…

Community grants

Due to current circumstances, MEC has had to make the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Spring and Fall Community Grant Cycles. We are passionate …

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…

Kelowna grand opening

Anticipation ends as MEC opens doors to its first store in the Okanagan Kelowna to celebrate grand opening Saturday of new store at Orchard Plaza Shop…

MEC London relocation

Speciality outdoor retailer moving to larger, more visible location in London MEC taking over existing space at 1051 Wellington Road to expand and imp…

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

MEC opens new store in Kitchener, MEC’s first retail location in the Tri-Cities region Outdoor retailer invites community to grand opening celebration…

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…

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…

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…

MEC Vancouver relocation

MEC and Beedie unveil plans to develop new flagship store in Olympic Village Mixed-use development with 45,000-sq-ft store would support 400,000 local…

MEC Edmonton moves to Brewery District

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

MEC launches ski and snowboard resort collection

MEC launches first resort ski and snowboard collection after decades in backcountry snowsports Olympian Roz Groenewoud and pro-snowboarder Mark Sollor…

MEC Kitchener

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

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

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

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

MEC launches Homewaters: a crowdsourcing campaign for freshwater conservation Online program benefits Canadian lakes and rivers and the groups that pr…

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…

MEC and Vancouver Aquarium to study microplastics

MEC and Vancouver Aquarium embark on study of microplastics in BC marine environments Research will map microfibre profiles against common materials; …

MEC Laval

MEC continues to inspire Quebecois to stay active by opening new store in Laval Fifth store in Quebec for outdoor retailer to support 69,000 local mem…

MEC Edmonton relocation

MEC Edmonton gearing up to move to city’s Brewery District in spring 2017 New two-storey 38,000-sq-ft location will enable MEC to better serve its 197…

MEC south Calgary and west Calgary

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 fall 2018, Med…

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 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 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…

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.…

DWR and PFCs

If you’re looking at outdoor gear, you’ve probably seen the words DWR (durable water repellency) in many product descriptions. DWR finishes are what h…

Microplastics and microfibres

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

Animal welfare

You’ll find a wide variety of fibres and materials in the outdoor clothing and gear world. Materials like down and wool were common before synthetics …

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…

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…

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 New MEC Vancouver flagship store now open 06/03/2020 CEC and MEC sign sport climbing agreement 01/05/2018 MEC Vancouver breaks ground on …

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…

Special offers

Cannondale Bike Servicing Cannondale Bike Servicing open When you buy a $2000+ Cannondale bike, we’ll sweeten the deal. What’s included:  2 years of f…

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…

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 news" Whether you’re the type of runner who likes to track every kilometre and calorie burned or th…

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…

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…

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…

Gait analysis for runners

Lots of runners run happily for years without ever thinking about the way they run. But if you’re new to running or you start noticing issues with you…

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…

How to clean and lube a bike chain

Cleaning your bike chain comes with all kinds of benefits. Your bike will feel smoother as you pedal and shift gears, and it’ll sound smooth too (no c…

Day hiking for beginners

When it comes to getting outside, nothing beats a hiking daytrip. Walking along forested trails or setting out to see a nearby waterfall doesn’t need …

7 beautiful trail running spots in Calgary

Date April 11, 2018 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Think you need to venture off to Kananaskis Country or head off to Banff to get some real…

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

Meeting minutes for the following years are available to download. 2018 AGM Minutes (pdf) 2017 AGM Minutes (pdf) 2016 AGM Minutes (pdf) 2015 AGM Minut…

8 Toronto running trails you can get to without a car

Date April 18, 2018 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Living in Canada’s biggest city can be a challenge when you love to run on trails – and i…

It takes this many people to make your backpack

Date April 20, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear, Stories" Fashion Revolution is a week focused on showcasing the designers, technical developers, and f…

MEC Ambassador picks for trail running gear

Date April 23, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" Part of what makes trail running so amazing is its simplicity. You don’t need much gear to enjoy the f…

7 Montreal running trails you can get to without a car

Date April 24, 2018 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Want to try trail running near Montreal and don’t own a car? Start by checking out these …

Sun safety tips

After a long Canadian winter or on a warm-weather vacation, you probably want to soak up as much sunshine as you can. However, excessive sun exposure,…

How to choose bike bags and panniers

Whether you’re cycling across town, going on a bikepacking trip or touring across Canada, you’ll need to carry gear with you. You’ve got lots of optio…

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…

Charlie Easton

Discipline: Backcountry artist Hometown Windsor, UK Resides Vancouver and Bamfield, BC In a world before cameras, what did some people do if they want…

Sabrina Chapman

Discipline: Climbing Ambassador Hometown Hamilton, ON Resides Toronto, ON Sabrina was born and raised in Hamilton, ON, and learned to climb in a Toron…

How a forest can change a community

Date April 30, 2018 Found in "Activities, Community news, Stories" Cumberland, BC, is a small town on Vancouver Island known as “the village in the fo…

How to choose a sleeping bag

After a long day of exploring, a good night’s sleep is essential. Sleeping bags come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and insulation types and you can c…

Trying to convince someone to come camping? Show them this.

Date May 1, 2018 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Trying to spread your love of camping to someone who resists at every opportunity is no easy f…

Competitive climbing taking hold in Canada as MEC, sporting org’ combine efforts MEC and CEC sign sport climbing agreement before debut at 2020 Tokyo …

Biking with kids

Cycling is a great way for families to get outside together. You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment, there aren’t any lift tickets or admission fees …

How to make camp coffee

Date May 3, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" Nothing says welcome to the great outdoors like the smell of coffee brewing. Okay, maybe…

Algonquin Park canoe trip checklist

Canoeing in Algonquin Park is an iconic Ontario adventure, thanks to more than 2000km of canoe routes and portages. With so many options, it’s importa…

What’s new this week

Date May 7, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" Gear to elevate your outdoor adventures, whether that means taking your next camping trip to a whole new …

MEC 12 days of giveaways: day ten

Whether a fitness goal has you lacing up, or you’re a season runner that finds peace in your pace, exercise it personal. Garmin’s Forerunner 45 person…

MEC 12 Days of Giveaways Rules: Day Ten

This Mountain Equipment Cooperative (MEC) contest is governed by the following rules. By entering this contest, you agree to comply with these rules a…

MEC 12 days of giveaways: day nine

Keep your brie and bevies chilly for hours. This heavy-duty cooler is made to last and keep your drinks and snacks orderly through whitewater or rough…

MEC 12 Days of Giveaways Rules: Day Nine

This Mountain Equipment Cooperative (MEC) contest is governed by the following rules. By entering this contest, you agree to comply with these rules a…

MEC 12 days of giveaways – day eleven

Add style points and extra warmth to any winter outfit with the MEC PomPom Merino Toque. Fun designs and soft materials make this toque one of the hot…

MEC staffer spotlight: Matthew Travaglini

Date July 26, 2017 Found in "Activities, Community news, Stories" The passionate staff we have in our stores is part of what sets MEC apart. Running e…

How to start trail running: tips for road runners

Date August 10, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" So you’ve been pounding the pavement for some time, and have started thinking more and mor…

Gear I love for alpine running

Date August 4, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear" If you’ve read my prior post, then you already know that I’m unabashedly feminine in my approach to mo…

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 …

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…

The gear I love: one pro climber's summer essentials

Date May 26, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear" To get right to the point, I love gear, and I love clothes. I love clothes for how they look and make me…

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: the art of the long run

Date September 7, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" When you’re training for a half marathon or full marathon, long runs are a huge part of …

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…

What’s the best running watch for you?

Date January 15, 2019 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" Looking to boost your running fitness? Want to compete with your friends online? Cu…

Be a better runner: what’s the deal with cross-training?

Date September 14, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Many runners turn to cross-training when they get injured… but in reality, cross-traini…

Be a better runner: how to do hill workouts

Date August 23, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Have a hilly race route coming up? Or do you want to get faster? Then it’s time to welcome…

NatureLink: Connecting newcomers to nature

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

North Vancouver

Address: 212 Brooksbank Avenue North Vancouver, BC V7J 2C1 Phone: Call (604) 990-4417 Manager: Caitlin Brown Welcome Welcome We are following the advi…

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…

How to choose running shoes

There may be no more easily accessible (or better bang-for-your-buck) exercise than running. Whether you cruise along paved run routes or take to the …

The ultimate kids’ snowsuit

Date August 12, 2019 Found in "Activities, Gear" Long before I became a mom – or even thought about becoming a mom – heaps of parents across Canada di…

Roll out: Cannondale bike line-up at MEC

Date March 1, 2020 Found in "Activities, Gear" There’s a new bike brand in our riding family – Cannondale bikes are now at MEC. To give you the scoop …

Why we hike

Date August 26, 2019 Found in "Activities, Stories" Hiking, peak bagging, trekking, backpacking, even walking – call it what you may – we generally un…

Fall edit: top gear picks to beat the chill

Date September 5, 2019 Found in "Activities, Gear" Forget pumpkin spice – the real first sign of fall is when you think, “I should’ve brought another …

Pyranha 9R II Product Safety Announcement

If you purchased a Pyranha 9R II Kayak. Pyranha recently posted a Product Safety Announcement for all owners of this kayak. The safety announcement ad…

Global Climate Strike

Date September 20, 2019 Found in "Community" As you may know, starting September 20, climate activist Greta Thunberg is leading a global youth-led mov…

Global Climate Action

As an organization, we want to support Canadians in sharing their collective voice to inspire change. On Friday, September 27 all MEC stores across Ca…

Want to go hiking but don’t have a car? Hop on board Parkbus

Date September 23, 2019 Found in "Activities, Community news, Travel and places" We’ve all been there. It’s Thursday, the weekend forecast looks good …

Repairing and reusing products

Reduce, reuse, repair. A big part of a product’s environmental impact can be lessened with a few steps you have control over, and MEC can help you put…

MEC winter jacket guide: warm, waterproof, do-it-all

Date October 9, 2019 Found in "Activities, Gear" If there’s one thing the MEC Label design team knows, it’s Canadian winter. Knee-deep snowdrifts, fac…

Know the Snow Weekend

Stoked for snow? Fat flakes, first tracks, frozen trails – it’s time to get set for the good stuff. Check out free winter-themed clinics and workshops…

Get stoked for snow The Details About POW Canada

Join MEC x POW for our annual Season Opener—and this year, we’ve gone digital. A show-stopping lineup of films, chats with pro athletes, and giveaways…

What it’s like to be a pro comp climber in Canada

Date October 25, 2019 Found in "Activities, Community news, Stories" We’ve always wanted to know what it takes to compete in this sport, so we took a …

MEC 12 days of giveaways

To kick off the holiday season, we’re giving away our top gift picks for the next 12 days! Check back every day for your chance to win something new, …

MEC 12 Days of Giveaways: Day One

Keep your toes warm on cold winter nights with a pair of Hut Booties. For years, MEC Hut Booties have been the secret weapon of savvy skiers and ice c…

MEC 12 Days of Giveaways: Day Two

Providing everyday warmth and comfort, this classic pullover is a welcomed layer of warmth on a crisp morning or a shady campsite. It even has the Pat…

MEC 12 Days of Giveaways Rules: Day Two

This Mountain Equipment Cooperative (MEC) contest is governed by the following rules. By entering this contest, you agree to comply with these rules a…

MEC 12 Days of Giveaways Rules: Day One

This Mountain Equipment Cooperative (MEC) contest is governed by the following rules. By entering this contest, you agree to comply with these rules a…

MEC 12 Days of Giveaways: Day Three

Warm enough for exposed chairlifts, but not too hot for skinning up for some backcountry lines, these gloves are perfect for all winter activities. Bo…

MEC 12 Days of Giveaways Rules: Day Three

This Mountain Equipment Cooperative (MEC) contest is governed by the following rules. By entering this contest, you agree to comply with these rules a…

MEC 12 Days of Giveaways: Day Four

No matter who you are, everyone in Canada appreciates good socks in those cold Winter months. These Smartwool socks are cushioned for all your outdoor…

MEC 12 Days of Giveaways Rules: Day Four

This Mountain Equipment Cooperative (MEC) contest is governed by the following rules. By entering this contest, you agree to comply with these rules a…

MEC 12 days of giveaways: day five

Did you know MEC has Canada’s biggest selection of climbing gear? To celebrate, we’re giving away this rock-solid helmet that will keep you safe at th…

MEC 12 Days of Giveaways Rules: Day Five

This Mountain Equipment Cooperative (MEC) contest is governed by the following rules. By entering this contest, you agree to comply with these rules a…

MEC 12 days of giveaways: day six

Whether you’re hauling ski gear to the local hill or expedition supplies to Baffin Island, MEC’s Outpost duffle offers durability and confidence in we…

MEC 12 Days of Giveaways Rules: Day Six

This Mountain Equipment Cooperative (MEC) contest is governed by the following rules. By entering this contest, you agree to comply with these rules a…

MEC 12 days of giveaways: day seven

One part fireside layer, one part blanket. The Therm-a-rest Honcho Poncho is an #MECStaffer favourite. Once you experience this beauty firsthand, you’…

MEC 12 Days of Giveaways Rules: Day Seven

This Mountain Equipment Cooperative (MEC) contest is governed by the following rules. By entering this contest, you agree to comply with these rules a…

MEC 12 days of giveaways: day eight

Walk, hike or run over slippery ice and snow without hesitation in a new pair of Kahtoola MICRO spikes. These grippy, durable, slip-on traction system…

MEC 12 Days of Giveaways Rules: Day Eight

This Mountain Equipment Cooperative (MEC) contest is governed by the following rules. By entering this contest, you agree to comply with these rules a…

Canadian Armed Forces save 15%

To thank you for your service, we’d like to offer you and your family a 15% discount on just about anything we sell. This appreciation discount progra…

Gift ideas for Mother's Day

Date May 9, 2018 Found in "Gear" For your superhero mom who loves to travel, camp, caffeinate and play outside. Check out our favourite gift ideas to …

Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit checklist

Looking for a wilderness canoe trip in BC? Bowron Lake Provincial Park gives you two circuits to choose from: a 6- to 10-day route along all 10 lakes,…

The 15 most-loved products in Quebec

Date May 14, 2018 Found in "Gear" On May 14, 2003, MEC’s 8th store opened its doors in Montréal – marking the first location in Quebec. During the las…

What’s new this week

Date May 14, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" Get ready for a summer of outdoor adventures. This batch of new gear at MEC includes packs from Osprey a…

MEC: Canada’s most Québécois company

Date May 17, 2018 Found in "Community" MEC in Quebec, means 15 years of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts, passionate employees and a bunch of local or…

Hiking with dogs

As a dog owner, you know that your four-legged furball is the best walking buddy out there. If you plan to take your dog hiking, it’s important to wat…

A recipe for zzz’s in the woods

Date May 18, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" Packing up the car and heading out on a camping adventure with friends is one of the be…

Gear vs. gear: camping edition

Date June 14, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" Forest or lakeview site? Sunrise or sunset watching? S’mores or banana boats? Camping and backpacking a…

What’s new this week

Date May 21, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" Have you ever floated above the ground in a tent? How about listened to music via bone conduction? This …

The Healing Power of the Outdoors

Date May 23, 2018 Found in "Community news, Stories" Last summer, on a beach in Sechelt Inlet, BC, a group of young women sat together in a circle and…

Bikepacking the Arctic Circle

Date May 23, 2018 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" On paper, in the comfort of my living room, the idea seemed simple: move two wheels from po…

How to store and repair a sleeping pad

Your sleeping pad is an important layer between you and the rocky, rooty ground. Learn how to look after your sleeping pad once your camping or backpa…

Ortovox 3+ Transceiver – Upgrade to Units with Version 2.1 Software

Ortovox is issuing a precautionary recall for its 3+ avalanche transceivers due to a potential transmission malfunction on units running software vers…

MEC 12 days of giveaways: day twelve

The gift of one size fits all: a $50 MEC Gift Card. Pick out the perfect gift (or treat yourself) – gift cards offer endless adventure possibilities, …

MEC 12 Days of Giveaway Rules: Day Twelve

This Mountain Equipment Cooperative (MEC) contest is governed by the following rules. By entering this contest, you agree to comply with these rules a…

Eco-friendly and reusable gift wrapping ideas

Date November 13, 2019 Found in "Gear, Skills and tips" If you’ve got an eco-friendly gift picked out, how do you keep the sustainability theme going …

Thank you, members – these are gifts you’ve given this year

Date November 26, 2019 Found in "Activities, Community news" Being a member of MEC comes with hidden benefits: each time you buy something at MEC, par…

Scarpa Maestrale and Maestrale RS Ski Boot Recall for Repair

If you purchased Scarpa Maestrale or Maestrale RS Ski boots, Scarpa recently announced a recall for repair of the 2017 production of these boots. The …

Malcolm Suarez

Discipline: Running Ambassador Hometown North Vancouver, BC Resides North Vancouver, BC Malcolm has always had a love of the outdoors, but it wasn’t u…

ECOXGEAR EcoBoulder Speaker Recalled for Battery Replacement

If you purchased an ECOXGEAR EcoBoulder Speaker between September 2016 and present, these speakers have been recalled by the manufacturer for battery …

FAQ about updates to the MEC race series

Why did MEC change the race program? The MEC race series started with just a few small running races in 2012, and it grew to include over 150 races ac…

Thru-hiking advice from people who’ve been there

Date January 14, 2020 Found in "Activities, Community news, Stories" When it comes to outdoor activities, hiking tops the list for Canadians. But some…

How to plan a winter backcountry hut trip

Date January 16, 2020 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" The first time I went on a backcountry hut trip, I was excited. So excited, in fact, that…

Climbing events

Want to get into rock climbing or bouldering? Join an intro clinic at MEC to learn the basics, tie a few knots, and maybe even get on the wall.

Tips for buying your first pair of climbing shoes

Date January 20, 2020 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" So you’ve been bitten by the climbing bug and want to get your own gear. Shoes are …

An open letter from our CEO

Date January 20, 2020 Found in "Community" We believe that everyone deserves to experience the powerful benefits that come from being active outdoors.…

Product care and maintenance

Have a DIY spirit? We’ve put together how-to articles and videos on some of the most popular gear repair and maintenance topics.

Packaging and transportation

When we create MEC Label gear and clothing, we find ways to reduce the environmental impact from packaging and shipping products. We also work to redu…

10 key essentials to a successful winter challenge

Date January 21, 2020 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" For anyone who’s focused on performance, a little rough weather won’t interrupt you…

What type of Pentathlete are you?

Date January 17, 2020 Found in "Activities, Activities, Community news, Community news" From February 22 to March 1, 2020, MEC will present the 16th e…

Ready for the next step in avalanche safety training?

Date February 5, 2020 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips, Stories" Heads up: this post is not a substitute for actual avalanche skills training; pl…

Hit the trails early with these spring hiking tips

Date February 25, 2020 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" You don’t have to wait until summer to go hiking. Spring is a great season to expl…

How hiking has changed my life

Date February 25, 2020 Found in "Activities, Community news, Stories" Hiking has been a game changer in the way I live my life. Somehow, just putting …

Sneak peek of the new MEC Vancouver flagship store

Date March 6, 2020 Found in "Activities, Community news, Gear" Vancouver is where MEC started. Over the last few decades, we’ve had a few homes in thi…

Vancouver Flagship: April 4–5

Celebrate your hometown flagship with a weekend full of free events. Feel the new-store stoke and get inspired with run clubs, clinics, climbing event…

On-the-wall events

The new climbing wall is set and ready for sending. Hop on and send routes with pros and fellow members. See full weekend schedule     Climb with the …

Weekend activities

Explore your new store. Free events and activities are happening all weekend long at the new Vancouver flagship in Olympic Village. The new digs in ar…

Clinics and workshops

Ready to buff up your outdoor skills? Curious about your Co-op’s commitment to sustainability? Want to meet the person who designed your favourite gea…

New MEC Vancouver flagship store now open

MEC opens its new Vancouver flagship store in Olympic Village on March 7 New 33,000 square-foot outdoor retail destination will focus on product innov…

Events, ambassadors and partners

Your new flagship is so much more than a store. It’s a community hub designed to connect Co-op members with places to go, people to go with and the sk…

Precautions taken at MEC to safeguard staff and members

Masks are mandatory to enter MEC stores or to collect online orders. Masks are not supplied at stores, please bring your own. If you are unable to wea…

What the heck is Bluesign?

Date March 16, 2020 Found in "Activities, Gear, Stories" When you’re shopping for outdoor gear, most of us look at cool features you can see – taped s…

Mental strategies to improve your climbing

Date March 13, 2020 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Whether you’re new to climbing, a 20-year veteran or somewhere in between, it’s important t…

How to stay connected to the outdoors while you’re at home

Date March 26, 2020 Found in "Activities, Community news" Our community cares about staying connected to the outdoors and each other, especially at th…

How to train for rock climbing from home

Date March 26, 2020 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Your climbing gym may be closed, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop training. To help y…

Fun indoor activities for outdoorsy kids

Date March 30, 2020 Found in "Activities, Community news, Skills and tips" Looking for things to do with your kids? We checked in with a crew of paren…

These backpacks can help search and rescue find lost hikers

Date March 6, 2020 Found in "Activities, Gear" “When I first heard about Recco’s new helicopter-mounted detector in Europe, I got excited about its po…

Tips to exercise outdoors safely while social distancing

Date April 7, 2020 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" We’re here because we all lead active outdoor lives. Now’s the time to work together to lear…

Returns updates

As of June 1, you can return products to any store that’s fully open. Stores open for just bike repair or bike sales cannot accept returns in person. …

Where to go hiking in Edmonton if you don’t have a car

Date July 12, 2018 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Locals know that there’s no shortage of outdoor havens in the Greater Edmonton area. From …

How to choose bug spray and bug nets

Like fresh air and forests, bugs are part of the outdoors – but that doesn’t mean biting insects have to ruin your camping, hiking or canoeing trip. T…

Bronwen Karnis

Discipline: Climbing Ambassador Hometown Burlington, Ontario Resides Burlington, Ontario Bronwen got into rock climbing in a typical way: she ran out …

Jenn Dumaran

Discipline: Outdoor Nation Ambassador Hometown Guelph, ON Resides Toronto, ON Jenn didn’t grow up by the water. It wasn’t until she took up surfing th…

Edelrid HMS Bulletproof Triple FG Carabiner Inspection Notice

Edelrid recently informed us that they found a single carabiner with an improperly finished rivet on its gate. Edelrid asks that you stop using the ca…

What's new this week

Date July 24, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" It’s rad to hear about all the summer adventures members are getting up to, from quick-hit weekend geta…

Mountain magic: 47 years of good times outside

Date July 27, 2018 Found in "Activities, Community, Stories" To celebrate MEC’s 47th birthday and Mountain Days, we dug up some of our favourite nugge…

MEC Mountain Days: peak deals

Date July 30, 2018 Found in "Gear" Did you hear the news? This year, MEC is celebrating our 47th birthday, and it’s kind of a big deal. To spread the …

How to choose a climbing harness

Getting high off the ground on a rock climb is a feeling unlike any other. To reach that feeling, though, you need to have the correct gear to keep yo…

Annapurna attempt: the northwest face

Date August 1, 2018 Found in "Activities, Stories, Travel and places" MEC Ambassador Louis Rousseau shares the story of an expedition in April and May…

Calgary South

Address: Store is temporarily closed until further notice 710-19587 Seton Crescent SE Calgary, Alberta T3M 2T5 Phone: Call 403-523-7258 Manager: Krist…

What’s new this week

Date August 7, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" Climbers, runners, campers, cyclists and travellers: we’ve got something for all of you in this week’s…

Nemo Stargaze Recliner and Stargaze Recliner Luxury Recall Notice

Nemo recently announced a recall for certain production runs of these recliners. In recliners from these batches, the plastic leg hubs may break, whic…

MEC Mountain Days: new batch of peak deals

Date August 16, 2018 Found in "Gear" Sometimes it just makes sense to keep a good thing going (as is the case with MEC, which has been going strong fo…

Gear I love: Alpinist Joshua Lavigne’s gnarly gear picks

Date August 20, 2018 Found in "Gear" Planning some epics? We checked with MEC Ambassador Joshua Lavigne – who has committed his life to climbing – for…

Travel tips

Your travel essentials. Use the travel packing list to stay organized, and get tips on staying sun-safe, charged up and more.

Travel checklist

Whether you’re heading out on a weekend getaway or are sketching out plans for a future dream vacation, knowing what to pack can be a challenge. To si…

What to pack in your carry-on travel capsule wardrobe

Date September 7, 2017 Found in "Activities, Gear, Travel and places" Confession: I’m a chronic over-packer – or at least I used to be. I’ve been on c…

How to choose ski bindings

Sometimes the glamour of skis and boots can overshadow ski bindings. But bindings are a critical link in your ski set-up and it’s important to find th…

Services

We stand behind our products. Bring items to our stores for service or repairs. Or use the Gear Swap if it’s time to move something on.

Rock climbing and bouldering tips

MEC has a long climbing history, and we’re always excited to share our know-how and advice. Get tips on choosing gear, learn about the different types…

Cycling tips

Whether you’re bike commuting, road cycling or mountain biking, get useful tips for choosing gear, locking your bike and lots more.

Snowsports tips

Make the most of winter. From snowshoes to skiing, learn how to choose gear, stay safe and have fun when it’s snowing.

Hiking and camping tips

Need tips on choosing hiking gear? Wondering what to bring hiking or camping? Start here for practical advice and checklists to stay warm, well-fed an…

Backpack tips

Before you go backpacking Europe or heading out on a multi-day hiking trip, learn how to find a bag and pack it properly. Plus get tips on packs for k…

Outdoor clothing and footwear tips

Stay warm, stay dry, stay outside longer. Learn how to choose the right layers, and how to look after your waterproof-breathable or down clothing. Get…

Running and fitness tips

Helpful running tips for beginners. Learn everything from how to choose running shoes to how to get ready for trail running races and more.

Watersports tips

Explore your options for canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. Find out how to choose everything from boats and boards to paddles and PFDs, …

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…

MEC Cycling Shoe Covers

We recently became aware of an incident in which a member may have inadvertently snagged their pedal on the underside of the toe sleeve of one shoe co…

In the buff on a bluff

Date August 2, 2017 Found in "Community, Stories" What is it about the urge to be naked in nature? It’s such a primal feeling that many of us experien…

Hidden gems: 5 campsites to check out from Edmonton

Date August 14, 2017 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" For Edmontonians eager to take advantage of Alberta’s mountain scenery and panoramic vie…

5 ways to get funded by MEC

Date August 16, 2017 Found in "Activities, Community" There’s nothing quite like the inspiration that comes from connecting to nature. In fact, David …

Member notice: Arc’teryx Procline ski boot service notice

Arc’teryx Procline ski boots purchased from MEC after early November, 2015, require inspection and may require a repair performed by Arc’teryx. Accord…

Kindar McNamee

Discipline: Climbing Ambassador Hometown Pétion-Ville, Haiti Resides Vancouver, BC Kindar grew up climbing everything in sight – the walls, the roof, …

Guy McNamee

Discipline: Climbing Ambassador Hometown Pétion-Ville, Haiti Resides Vancouver, BC Like many other young climbers, Guy’s passion for the sport began w…

What’s new this week

Date August 28, 2018 Found in "Gear" Earlier sunsets and cooler mornings are slinking into our routines, which means it’s time to assess your current …

How to choose hiking boots or shoes

The secret to happy hiking is happy feet. Hiking boots can keep your feet supported and comfortable, whether you’re walking over rough rocks or gravel…

What’s new this week

Date September 4, 2018 Found in "Gear" September is the time of year when you can sneak in some serious activity without the “ahhhh-gotta-do-it-all!” …

Cat Carkner

Discipline: Climbing Ambassador Hometown Ottawa, ON Resides Ottawa, ON Rock climbing has been a constant in Cat’s life for as long as she can remember…

Ishigaki: Trip Advisor’s #1 destination for 2018

Date July 13, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear, Travel and places" When we were planning our trip to Japan, we knew that it would be impossible to see …

Bruce Kirkby

Discipline: Adventure Ambassador Hometown Toronto, ON Resides Kimberley, BC Raised in Toronto, Bruce ditched a routine life upon graduating from Engin…

Mountain bike trails you helped build

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

Baffin Island: Great Sail Peak

Date October 4, 2016 Found in "Stories, Travel and places" At 70°42’25.67″N and 71°29’46.83″W, Baffin Bay is a frozen ocean of crisp white and blue. T…

5 tips you need for travelling in Vietnam

Date February 12, 2019 Found in "Travel and places" If you’ve never travelled to Vietnam, then you’re in for an unforgettable trip. Be prepared for de…

Mark Sollors

Discipline: Snowboarding Ambassador Hometown Kelowna, BC Resides Whistler, BC Mark grew up riding BC’s famous powder, and took every chance he could t…

Where to travel now: fall edition

Date October 5, 2016 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" With busy summer vacation months behind us and peak season airline rates dropping, there…

Kalob Grady

Discipline: Paddling Ambassador Hometown LaPasse, ON Resides Ottawa, ON Kalob grew up on the banks of the Ottawa River, and has been a strong paddler …

Max Edwards

Discipline: Mountain Biking Ambassador Hometown Whistler, BC Resides Whistler, BC Max grew up in the mountain bike mecca of the world, Whistler, BC. W…

Backpacking Europe checklist: Beyond the basics

Date October 26, 2016 Found in "Skills and tips, Travel and places" Most essential backpacking lists are 80% common sense (backpack, comfortable shoes…

Awesome run routes around Burlington

Date September 22, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips, Travel and places" Burlington, Hamilton and the surrounding area are home to lush parks…

Georgia Astle

Discipline: Mountain Bike Ambassador Hometown Whistler, BC Resides Whistler, BC Growing up in Whistler, it’s no surprise that Georgia was in the mount…

The bucket list for adventurous Canadians

Date September 1, 2019 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" In a country that spans almost 10 million square kilometres of dense rainforest, calm …

Louis Rousseau

Discipline: Climbing Ambassador Hometown Sherbrooke, QC Resides Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC Louis’ passion for alpinism and mountaineering stems from…

Allan Prazsky

Discipline: Road Cycling Ambassador Hometown Vancouver, BC Resides Vancouver, BC Allan turned his first set of cranks in the mid-seventies, where a bi…

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 …

#goodtimesoutside: Best of January

Date February 10, 2017 Found in "Activities, Community" 2017 kicked off in dramatic fashion and if January is any indication of what’s to come, we’re …

Surprising things you'll discover on Haida Gwaii

Date July 26, 2016 Found in "Travel and places" From Sleeping Giant park in Ontario to northern lights flickering above the Yukon, Canada is definitel…

Dempster Highway: biking, bonding and sour toes

Date November 1, 2016 Found in "Stories, Travel and places" My dad, Gerald Krabbe, has been a long-distance bike tourer for many years – he rode Vanco…

Ski touring checklist

Date September 25, 2020 Found in "Gear, Skills and tips" Want to shift from lift lines to backcountry lines? Thinking about a winter hut trip? Use thi…

Grant funding FAQ

We have refreshed our spring and fall community grant program. Please read the updated FAQ’s below for information about the refreshed grant program. …

#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…

A first-timer’s guide to trekking in Patagonia

Date January 16, 2019 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips, Travel and places" Patagonia had been on my bucket list for quite some time, so a friend …

2017 Intense Bikes: What you need to know

Date February 15, 2017 Found in "Gear" Heads up: Want the latest rundown about Intense bikes? Check out our newest post about the 2018 Intense bike li…

Running tips and secrets to set you up for the whole year

Date January 1, 2020 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" You know what’s crazy inspiring? Standing at the finish line of a marathon around the 4+-h…

Awesome running routes in Toronto

Date October 21, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips, Travel and places" It’s hard to get stuck in a running rut in Toronto. Canada’s largest c…

Gift ideas for the not-so-dirtbag skier

Date November 1, 2017 Found in "Gear" Living to ski as much as possible is no easy task; it takes considerable commitment and planning. It’s all about…

5 day hiking trips near Edmonton

Date April 11, 2017 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips, Travel and places" Edmonton may not be known as the hiking capital of Canada, but that does…

Trail race recovery tips from Ellie Greenwood

Date April 26, 2017 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" In 2002, Ellie Greenwood joined a running clinic and trained for her first marathon. She’s …

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…

Essential tips for travelling with kids

Date October 7, 2016 Found in "Skills and tips, Travel and places" Whether you’re planning a long road trip, a fall camping vacation or a first-time v…

Running apps you should know

Date March 21, 2017 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Until recently, I’d never used a running app. After all, I’d thought, why do you need anyth…

Gift ideas for your friend who’s always cold

Date October 31, 2019 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 …

How to get hygge outdoors (and more)

Date November 3, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Let’s start with the hard part: it’s pronounced hue-gah. Now that that’s out of the way, …

Women who inspire us today and every day

Date March 8, 2017 Found in "Activities, Community" At MEC we’re inspired and motivated by amazing women 365 days a year. For International Women’s Da…

Judith Kasiama

Discipline: Adventure Ambassador Hometown Kinshasa, DR Congo Resides Vancouver, BC Like most Vancouverites, Judith enjoys nature. Her love of nature s…

Lucas Uchida

Discipline: Climbing Ambassador Hometown Toronto, ON Resides Toronto, ON The pursuit of improvement has been Lucas’ focus for his entire life. He was …

Camping meal ideas with a twist

Date May 28, 2018 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Part of the beauty of going camping is saying goodbye to your gadgets for a few days. But enj…

How to choose a canoe paddle

There’s nothing quite like throwing your gear in your boat and getting out on the water, whether it’s for a short paddle after work or going canoe tri…

How to wash a down jacket

Your down jacket is a trusty companion, always there to keep you warm during frigid Canadian winters, early-season backpacking trips and over-air cond…

Southern California: At one with nature

Date June 8, 2018 Found in "Travel and places" Outdoor enthusiasts will be spoiled by all that Southern California offers. With seaside sunsets, deser…

What’s new this week

Date June 11, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" It’s (finally) time to welcome 9pm sunsets and weekends filled with bike rides, hiking trails and playi…

What’s new this week

Date June 18, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" Looking for an adventure hat? Need portable power in your pocket or your cottage? The latest batch of p…

Video: Climbing All Along the Watchtower

Date June 20, 2018 Found in "Activities, Stories" “I would be lying if I didn’t say I had a huge pit in my stomach as soon as I saw it,” MEC Ambassado…

How to choose bike pedals

When you buy a new bike, you often need to buy bike pedals separately – this is especially true for road bikes and mountain bikes. Or you might need n…

How to choose cycling shoes

Ready to upgrade from sneakers to cycling shoes? Or are you moving to clipless pedals and need shoes to match? Learn about the different options for b…

What's new this week

Date June 25, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" Garmin fans: it’s in. Top billing on this week’s fresh sheet goes to the Garmin Fenix 5X Plus Sapphire …

Alannah Yip

Discipline: Climbing Ambassador Hometown North Vancouver, BC Resides North Vancouver, BC Alannah grew up skiing and hiking in the mountains of Vancouv…

Tosh Sherkat

Discipline: Climbing Ambassador Hometown Nelson, BC Resides Victoria, BC Tosh started climbing as soon as his parents dragged him up his first cliff i…

6 Vancouver hikes that you can hit up without a car

Date June 28, 2018 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" The verdict’s in (and it’s a good one): you don’t need a car to experience some of BC’s be…

9 sweet spots to hike, canoe and camp from Toronto without a car

Date June 29, 2018 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Waking up to the call of the loon, jumping into clear waters, falling asleep under starry …

Test run: Overview of the Garmin Fenix 5X Plus Sapphire

Date June 29, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" When we learned the Garmin Fenix 5X Plus watch was first popping up in Canada at MEC, we wanted to get …

What's new this week

Date July 9, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" Weekends hanging out at the cabin or cottage are about to get more fun, thanks to Yeti cooler backpacks,…

Gear I love: a Canadian climbing champ’s bouldering essentials

Date July 10, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" Whether you like to pull on plastic or daydream about dry rock, part of what makes bouldering rad is th…

MEC Update – April 2020

As MEC gears up to celebrate its 49th anniversary in August, we reflect on the last 9 months.   MEC has been in a tough financial position. We launche…

COVID-19 Information Hub

Order tracking: tracking numbers may show no movement for up to 10 days. Although this is frustrating, your order is reliably on its way. Call volume:…

Shipping Updates

Free shipping on orders over $50 Applies to Standard Post within Canada (before taxes, excludes gift cards and MEC membership). Most bikes ship free, …

Anita Naidu

Discipline: Cycling Ambassador Hometown Pemberton, BC Resides A variety of obscure international locations Anita is an all-mountain matador who divide…

Stubai Ring Piton and Soft Piton Recall Announcement

If you purchased one or more Stubai Ring Pitons or Stubai Soft Pitons between 2004 and 2018, we have recently been notified of a recall on the two pro…

MEC Affiliate Program

Add your voice to the MEC community by sending traffic to mec.ca from your site. Once you’re part of our affiliate program, you’ll earn a commission o…

How to create the ultimate campout at home

Date May 11, 2020 Found in "Activities, Community news, Skills and tips" Calling everyone who loves camping! Between May 11–18, join us for The Big Ca…

The big camp in giveaway

Calling everyone who loves camping! From May 11-18, join us for The Big Camp In – a week to transform your living rooms, balconies and backyards into …

The big camp In contest rules 

This Mountain Equipment Cooperative (MEC) contest is governed by the following rules. By entering this contest, you agree to comply with these rules a…

An open letter from our CEO

Date May 19, 2020 Found in "Community" Dear Members,  I’m reaching out to extend a heartfelt thank you for all the support you’ve shown your Co-op whe…

Outdoor emergency services discount

To thank you for your dedication to public safety and support of our outdoor community, we’d like to offer you a 15% discount on just about anything* …

How to see if an item is in stock at your store

Want to purchase an item at your local MEC store? Always check if it’s in stock at your store before you come by. Not everything on mec.ca is availabl…

A helpful guide to e-bikes

Date June 15, 2020 Found in "Activities, Gear" E-bikes are game changers. They give you all the benefits of cycling, but with a bit of boost to tackle…

Diversity, equity and inclusion

One of the four Outdoor Industry CEO Diversity Pledge commitments is to share learnings with other leading brands and to appreciate the importance of …

Day hiking checklist

Use this checklist so you don’t forget anything on your hike. It includes the 10 essentials, which are key items you should always carry when you’re h…

High Point Race Series Cancellation FAQ

As you know, COVID-19 has affected how we can safely recreate together in groups. Given these evolving guidelines, we have made the decision to cancel…

Thank you: MEC is Canada’s most trusted brand

Date June 29, 2020 Found in "Community" Think back to your favourite outdoor achievement. Maybe it was camping on a summit, or sending a 5.12a, or goi…

Savings sneak peek: staff picks for Mountain Days

Date July 22, 2020 Found in "Gear" Mark your calendar: MEC’s anniversary savings event is just around the corner. Mountain Days kicks off on July 23, …

Learn-to Camp with Parks Canada and MEC

Date July 24, 2020 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" Parks Canada and MEC have been working together for over 10 years. As part of its 100t…

MEC x Parks Canada giveaway

Parks Canada launched their Learn-to Camp program back in 2011 (in partnership with MEC), and it’s about time we celebrate it… with a giveaway. What b…

MEC x Parks Canada giveaway rules

This Mountain Equipment Cooperative (MEC) contest is governed by the following rules. By entering this contest, you agree to comply with these rules a…

MEC's website cookie policy

Effective October  30, 2020 This Cookie Policy explains how MEC Mountain Equipment Company Ltd. (herein referred to as “MEC”) uses cookies to store an…

Climber Sabrina Chapman and the 5.14a Titan Project

Date August 24, 2020 Found in "Activities, Community news, Stories" MEC Ambassador Sabrina Chapman is one of a handful of Black women in the world who…

How to measure shoe size and width at home

Shopping for footwear online can be tricky, but knowing your foot measurements is a great start to find the perfect fit. Once you know your foot measu…

Trail running trends and gear we’re most excited about

Date September 9, 2020 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" Trail runners are a hardy bunch, and a change in weather doesn’t slow them down. H…

Ivan Luo

Discipline: Climbing Ambassador Hometown GuangZhou, China Resides Vancouver, BC Ivan started climbing at the age of six, and has been involved in this…

MEC to be acquired by Kingswood Capital Management through CCAA Proceeding

Update from the MEC Board of Directors 2 October 2020 Effective October 2, 2020, MEC was granted an Amended and Restated Initial Order and an Approval…

How to choose trekking poles and hiking poles

Whether you’re planning a weekend backpacking trip or a big thru-hike, you’ll be carrying a load on your back and travelling over uneven terrain. Trek…

10 tips to stay active outside, even when it’s cold and wet

Date September 25, 2020 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Remember summer? When you rode your bike in the sun and watched sunsets from your camps…

Your guide to the warmest jackets from MEC

Date October 2, 2020 Found in "Activities, Gear" If there’s one thing the MEC Label design team knows, it’s Canadian winters. Knee-deep snowdrifts, fa…

Thank you: MEC is Canada’s most trusted brand

Date June 29, 2020 Found in "Community news" Think back to your favourite outdoor achievement. Maybe it was camping on a summit, or sending a 5.12a, o…

Nicole’s gift picks

Date October 27, 2020 Found in "Activities, Gear" “One of my favourite parts of working at the store is meeting interesting and different people from …

Fred's gift picks

Date October 27, 2020 Found in "Activities, Gear" If you’ve ever called our Service Centre with an outdoor gear question, there’s a good chance the fr…

Andres’ gift picks

Date October 29, 2020 Found in "Activities, Gear" As a specialist at MEC, Andres is one of the first people to see new gear hit the store floor. “I lo…

Cheena’s gift picks

Date October 28, 2020 Found in "Activities, Gear" Ever wondered who helps decide what gear shows up on MEC store shelves? Meet Cheena, part of the tea…

Membership

When you become part of MEC, you join a community of more than 5 million people who love to get active outdoors. We’re Canada’s go-to place for outdoo…

Season Opener Giveaway Rules

MEC Season Opener event giveaway rules   This MEC Canada Inc. (MEC) contest is governed by the following rules. By entering this contest, you agree to…

Spend and get terms and conditions

From 12:01am November 12, 2020, through to 11:59pm November 16, 2020 (Pacific Time), for every $100 you spend at MEC stores or at mec.ca, receive an e…

Advice from Avalanche Canada and the Alpine Club of Canada

Date November 12, 2020 Found in "Activities, Community news, Skills and tips" This winter, many people are expecting the backcountry’s wide-open space…

Spend and get terms and conditions

From 12:01am November 26, 2020, through to 11:59pm December 1, 2020 (Pacific Time), for every $100 you spend at MEC stores or at mec.ca, receive an e-…

MEC Promo Codes

Looking for the latest promo codes? These are all the current offers and promotions you can use to shop on mec.ca: MEC camp package. Buy 1 MEC tent, 1…

MEC Fair Trade Certified™ apparel

MEC announces new in-house line of Fair Trade Certified™ apparel Canadian retail co-operative will offer its Fair Trade Certified t-shirts starting th…

Winter running: gear and tips for cold weather

Running in the cold might seem intimidating, but it’s totally achievable with the right gear and a few helpful tips. Whether you’re in frigid Ottawa o…

How to choose a fitness watch or fitness tracker

If you want to boost your workouts or keep track of your activities, it’s time for a fitness watch. These kinds of watches go by lots of different nam…

It’s on! Join the Move Forward Challenge

Date December 31, 2020 Found in "Activities, Community news" A new year is the best time for fresh air and a fresh start. To bring in 2021, we’re exci…

5 essentials to know before you head into the backcountry

Date December 30, 2020 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Anyone entering the backcountry this winter – whether on skis, snowshoes, splitboard or …

MEC Move Forward Challenge Rules

This MEC Canada Inc. (MEC) contest is governed by the following rules. By entering this contest, you agree to comply with these rules and with the dec…

Update on our diversity, equity and inclusion commitments

Date January 25, 2021 Found in "Community news" In 2020, we shared the progress and setbacks we’ve faced while doing the work to become a more diverse…

7 tips on how to take better outdoor photos

Date February 1, 2021 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" As an avid filmmaker and photographer with 30 years of experience behind the lens, Dudley…

Cannondale Neo Canvas and Neo Canvas Remixte Bikes recall announcement

If you’ve purchased a Cannondale Canvas Neo 2 or Cannondale Neo 2 Remixte Bike. Cannondale has announced a recall for replacement of the hardware atta…

Meet Coree Woltering – and his 1,846km trail run challenge

Date February 16, 2021 Found in "Activities, Stories" If you’re lucky enough to meet Coree at a future trail race, you’ll likely see him rocking his s…

Member notice: Recall Announcement for select Sea to Summit Alpha and Sigma Pots plus Pot Sets

We’ve been notified of a recall on several models of Sea to Summit Alpha and Sigma Pots and Pot Sets sold between January 2019 and November 2020. The …

Ski touring checklist

Want to shift from lift lines to backcountry lines? Thinking about a winter hut trip? Use this list to bring what you need without getting too weighed…

Backpacking checklist

Wondering what you need for a hiking trip? Use this backpacking checklist when planning an overnight hike or tackling a multi-day adventure on an esta…

Canoe or kayak touring checklist

Get ready for your paddling trip with this multi-day canoe tripping and kayak touring checklist. When you’re packing, remember to take your portage pl…

The power of women in the outdoors

Date March 8, 2021 Found in "Community news, Skills and tips, Stories" To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, we’re sharing the stories of…

The best ways to get ready for camping season

Date March 18, 2021 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Camping season is so close we can almost taste the s’mores, smell the forest, and feel the …

The Big Camp Countdown Giveaway Terms and Conditions

This MEC Big Camp Countdown Giveaway 2021 contest (the “Contest”) is governed by the following rules (the “Official Rules”).   By participating or att…

Our sustainability goals for MEC Label products

Date April 1, 2021 Found in "Community news, Gear" Almost fifty years ago, we started designing our own products. We’ve come a long way since then, an…

How to assemble a bike out of the box

When you order a bike online from mec.ca, it comes in a big box. Before you can go for a ride, there are a few simple steps to follow to put your new …

Stronger together: sustainability goals from brands and partners

Date April 6, 2021 Found in "Community news, Gear" As an outdoor retailer, MEC is keenly aware of the environmental impacts products have during their…

How to choose and fit a pack

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…

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…

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…

About rock climbing gear

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…

Vancouver

Address: 111 2nd Ave East Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 1B4 Phone: Call (604) 872-7858 Manager: Sylvia Mcloughlin Welcome Welcome We are following t…

Calgary

Address: 830 – 10th Avenue SW Calgary, Alberta T2R 0A9 Phone: Call (403) 269-2420 Manager: Matthew Lewis Welcome Welcome We are following the advice a…

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…

London

Address: Open for pickup only 1051 Wellington Road London, Ontario N6E 1W4 Phone: Call (519) 668-6657 Manager: Marten Mann Welcome Welcome We are foll…

Montréal

Address: 8989 de l'Acadie Boulevard Montréal, Québec H4N 3K1 Phone: Call (514) 788-5878 Manager: Jean-Francois Brien Welcome Welcome We are following …

Barrie

Address: Open for pickup only 61 Bryne Drive Barrie, Ontario L4N 8V8 Phone: Call (705) 792-4675 Manager: Stacey Baldry Welcome Welcome We are followin…

Edmonton

Address: 11904 104th Ave NW Edmonton, Alberta T5K 0G6 Phone: Call (780) 488-6614 Manager: Garry Beer Community Community Your local MEC store is more …

Montréal (Saint-Denis Travel Boutique)

Make favourite Address: Rue Saint-Denis Montréal, Québec H2J 2L1 Phone: Manager: store is now closed store is now closed Thanks Saint-Denis, it’s been…

Kelowna

Address: 1876 Cooper Rd, Unit 100 Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 9N6 Phone: Call (250) 448-7637 Manager: Liz Burnside Welcome Welcome We are following …

Winnipeg

Address: 303 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2B4 Phone: Call (204) 943-4202 Manager: Ken Berg Welcome Welcome We are following the advice and gu…

Victoria

Address: 1450 Government Street Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1Z2 Phone: Call (250) 386-2667 Manager: Patrick Humer Welcome Welcome We are following …

South Edmonton

Address: 1624 99 Street NW Edmonton, Alberta T6N 1M5 Phone: Call (780) 433-0293 Manager: Garry Beer Welcome Welcome We are following the advice and gu…

Burlington

Address: Open for pickup only 1030 Brant Street Burlington, Ontario L7R 0B2 Phone: Call (905) 333-8559 Manager: Cameron Dempster Welcome Welcome We ar…

Discipline: Hometown Resides

Laval

Address: 2615 Boulevard Daniel-Johnson Laval, Quebec H7T 1S8 Phone: Call (450) 688-2712 Manager: Rémi Larose Welcome Welcome We are following the advi…

Toronto

Address: Open for pickup only 300 Queen St West Toronto, Ontario M5V 2A2 Phone: Call (416) 340-2667 Manager: Sean Blackwood Welcome Welcome We are fol…

Longueuil

Address: 4869 Taschereau Boulevard Longueuil, Quebec J4V 3K3 Phone: Call (450) 766-1359 Manager: Benoit Perrier Welcome Welcome We are following the a…

Langley

Address: 6121 200th St Unit 1 Langley, British Columbia V2Y 1A2 Phone: Call (604) 534-4570 Manager: Andrew Brumby Welcome Welcome We are following the…

Ottawa

Address: Open for pickup only 366 Richmond Road Ottawa, Ontario K2A 0E8 Phone: Call (613) 729-2700 Manager: Chris Chapman Welcome Welcome We are follo…

Halifax

Address: 1550 Granville Street Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1X1 Phone: Call (902) 421-2667 Manager: Kristian Rafuse Welcome Welcome We are following the a…

Seeking Nirvana captures backcountry ski radness

Date March 14, 2016 Found in "Activities, Stories" This winter we hooked up with Canadian free skiers Mike Henitiuk, Joe Schuster, Riley Leboe, and Ma…

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…

Reuben Krabbe

Discipline: Photography Ambassador Hometown Calgary, AB Resides Whistler, BC More than just a guy with a camera, Reuben skis and mountain bikes alongs…

Jim Willett

Discipline: Running Ambassador Hometown Alliston, ON Resides Newmarket, ON Jim’s been delivering the message of healthy living since he became a perso…

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…

Must-do mountain bike destinations

Date February 23, 2017 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Exploring new places by mountain bike is my favourite way to travel, and I’ve been luc…

Discipline: Hometown Resides

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…

Your favourite places to wake up camping

Date May 12, 2016 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" With the rise of camping inspiration accounts on Instagram, we all want to get in on the ac…

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,…

Seeking Nirvana: Towers Above the Sea

Date October 24, 2016 Found in "Activities, Stories, Travel and places" The Seeking Nirvana ski crew is back for another series of strange adventures.…

Roz Groenewoud

Discipline: Skiing Ambassador Hometown Calgary, AB Resides Squamish, BC Roz’ ski career tally is impressive, and includes big moments like a gold meda…

Best places in the world to get muddy

Date May 25, 2016 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" From relaxing mud baths and natural attractions to action packed trails and fun obstacle co…

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…

11 super cozy fall looks

Date September 17, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" What’s your first real sign of fall? Maybe it’s digging out your favourite giant scarf for a weeke…

The Contest MEC X The North Face launch Party Official Contest Rules

This Mountain Equipment Cooperative (MEC) and The North Face contest, is governed by the following rules. By entering this contest, you agree to compl…

Returns and exchanges

Because we are maintaining social distancing at all MEC facilities, processing times may be slower than usual. Thank you for your patience and underst…

Product care and maintenance

1. How should I take care of my new… Sleeping bag: Here’s everything you need to know about how to take care of and wash a sleeping bag. Whether you b…

Orders and shipping

Store pickup is available at locations that are fully open. How long does shipping take? Canada Post currently estimates 5–14 days for standard shippi…

Login issues

1. How do I log into my MEC Account? Click on “account” in the menu bar at the top right of any page on mec.ca, and then click on “sign in”. If you do…

Questions about MEC

1. Can you open an MEC store in my town? MEC’s goal is to help all Canadians lead more active outdoor lifestyles, and we want members across Canada to…

Splurge vs. save: MEC gear

Date September 26, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" With over 13,000 items on mec.ca, you’ve definitely got options when it comes to choosing outdoor …

What’s new this week

Date October 2, 2018 Found in "Gear" Have you started poking through your closets for the extra-warm layers yet? Cold weather is on its way, so even i…

Jackson Tse

Discipline: Outdoor Nation Ambassador Hometown Hong Kong, China Resides Burnaby, BC When Jackson Wai Chung Tse (he/she/they) came out of the closet se…

MEC Documentary Series

From riding across Canada from coast to coast to coast on a fixed gear bicycle, to ticking off a truly unique bucket list, watch three Canadian advent…

Test run: Suunto 9 Baro watch review

Date October 11, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" The Suunto 9 Baro is Suunto’s newest sports watch targeted towards endurance athletes and ultra-athl…

Escape

Play Run time: 7:45 min Listen to the voice inside you. It’s telling you to go. JaBig, a Montreal-based DJ, buys a bike on a whim and decides to attem…