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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…

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 crews

The MEC run crew is a nationwide pack of everyday athletes with local chapters from Victoria to Halifax. Our mission is to enable runners of all ages …

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…

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

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 …

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…

Choose your 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’…

Running events

Forget the movie ticket or the over-the-top burger – MEC races, meet-ups and workshops are known for their low (or no) fees, well-marked routes, frien…

MEC staffer spotlight: Matthew Travaglini

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

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…

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: 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 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…

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…

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…

Bruce Kirkby

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

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…

The evolution of ski style

Date December 6, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear" There’s a stack of old MEC catalogues in our office and online, and I’ve mined through the pages to …

Where to go trail running near Toronto

Date March 27, 2017 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Hitting the trails is an incredibly liberating experience. There’s something about runnin…

Trail tips: Where to mountain bike in Calgary

Date March 28, 2017 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips, Travel and places" Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the trails in and aroun…

13 photos that confirm Canadians love snow

Date February 4, 2016 Found in "Activities, Community" How’s your season shaping up? Are you spending lots of time at your local hill? Or just chillin…

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…

Québec City

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

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…

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 6:00pm 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 mus…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

MEC Mountain Bike Trips

Head to one of the best mountain bike playgrounds in the world: the Coast Mountains in BC. This corner of Canada is teeming with high alpine singletra…

Snowsports events

Make the most of the season of snow. Stop by the legendary MEC Snowfest events to see what’s new, learn at clinics and workshops, and scope out the le…

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

The election is now on. Polls close May 23, 2019 at noon PT. Go to www.mec.ca/election for more information. Vote now BOARD NOMINATIONS MEC is Canada’…

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…

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…

Our environmental commitment

To stay accountable to members, MEC has targets to divert waste, reduce water use and lower carbon emissions. Every year, we publish our performance i…

About the Co-op

MEC is a retail co-op that sells exclusively to members. Members get the best products at fair prices, access to rental gear and one of the best guara…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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 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…

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…

#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…

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. …

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…

Running trends to keep up with in 2017

Date March 24, 2017 Found in "Activities, Gear" Can you feel it? Running season’s in the air. You may have already noticed the uptick of running group…

Gear swap

Buy, sell or swap. Since 1997, the outdoor gear swap has been our way of encouraging people to recycle used outdoor gear. You can swap gear online or …

Bike service

Keep your ride rolling smoothly or get your bike professionally fit to optimize performance and comfort. We service all makes and models: all-mountain…

How to do anything: spot dangerous plants

Date September 6, 2016 Found in "Skills and tips" You’ve packed everything on your hiking checklist, and have reviewed maps for the area you’re going …

Our shipping policies

 Due to flooding affecting Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick, Canada Post is anticipating delays in delivery times for those areas. We thank you for y…

Get in touch

Live Chat Store locations Service Centre hours Monday to Friday, 6:00am – 9:00pm (PT) Saturday, 6:00am – 7:00pm (PT) Sunday, 7:00am – 6:00pm (PT) Serv…

Natural and organic fibres

All the MEC-label cotton clothing you buy from us is made of 100% organically grown cotton. When organic cotton is grown, it doesn’t use chemical inse…

Granting

We know that being active outside doesn’t just make people healthier – it makes them happier too. To build a Canada-wide community of people who love …

Locking your bike

Bikes are fantastic machines, but in many cities, they’re also a target for thieves. Protect your lovely bike with a decent lock setup – and find out …

Camping gear: where to splurge vs. save

Date April 28, 2017 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" Building up a camping gear collection can be an exciting step to spending more time o…

The finger of god: an avalanche story

Date January 20, 2017 Found in "Stories" This is a story of luck and survival in avalanche terrain. I’ve told it before, but after exploring Avalanche…

Camp kitchen checklist

Date May 24, 2017 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" A well-stocked camp kitchen is an essential part of any camping getaway. Whether you li…

Resolutions

Put forward by members, resolutions are voted on during the election or at the Annual General Meeting. Proposing resolutions All resolutions should ad…

7 ways to camp and hike responsibly

Date May 11, 2017 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" If you’re hiking near Vancouver and see a group of people leave the trail and start digging s…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Surviving the Fundy Footpath

Date May 18, 2017 Found in "Activities, Community, Stories" Since the Fundy Footpath (FFP) opened in 1994, people have underestimated its difficulty a…

Mountain biking in Northern India

Date May 11, 2017 Found in "Activities, Stories, Travel and places" Most mountain bike trips involve well-known destinations or at the very least, pla…

#goodtimesoutside: best of February

Date March 10, 2017 Found in "Activities, Community" The never-ending winter of 2017 was out in full force during the month of February, but that didn…

Adventure Dog edition of #goodtimesoutside

Date April 3, 2017 Found in "Activities, Community" You’ve had a long day at work or school – it’s been meeting after meeting, and traffic on the comm…

Camp in comfort: ways to improve your next escape

Date May 2, 2017 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" If you had asked me to go camping a few years ago, I would have found the first blanket …

MEC rules of co-operation

MEMORANDUM OF ASSOCIATION The name of the Co-operative is Mountain Equipment Co-operative. Purposes of the Co-operative: a) designing, manufacturing, …

Get ready for winter riding

Snow, black ice, downpours, darkness… winter cycling can be challenging – and it can be awesome! With some bike prep and the right clothes, even cold …

Understanding bike frame geometry

While there’s a lot to know when it comes to bike frame geometry, understanding the basics goes a long way. Read on to get familiar with bike sizes an…

Road bikes: disc or rim brakes?

For decades conventional road bikes have been equipped with side-pull rim brakes. But as more and more manufacturers are releasing new models with dis…

Burlington

Address: 1030 Brant Street Burlington, Ontario L7R 0B2 Phone: Call (905) 333-8559 Manager: Cameron Dempster Community Community Your local MEC store i…

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…

7 delicious ways to stay warm outside this winter

Date November 3, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" No matter what winter activities you’ve got planned, you’ll need to think of ways t…

9 experiences to give this holiday

Date November 25, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" We’ve all heard it before: the science of happiness tells us that we gain maximum satisf…

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

Date October 3, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" Winter is on the horizon (and in some parts of Canada it’s arrived early), which means you’re slowly …

West Coast Trail checklist

The West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island is a spectacular 75km backpacking route along potentially hazardous terrain. It’s a wild trail that takes 5–7…

Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail checklist

Get ready for one of the most impressive multi-day hiking trails in Nova Scotia. The Cape Chignecto Coastal Trail is a 53km loop you can do clockwise …

Juan de Fuca Trail checklist

Want to know what to pack for hiking the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail on Vancouver Island? Being prepared and bringing the right gear will enhance your e…

How to choose base layers

Merino wool and synthetic base layers offer a wide range of benefits over typical activewear leggings, tights or cotton tees, and are far more versati…

How to find and share your personal power

Date October 23, 2017 Found in "Community, Stories" Halfway up the 1500m South Ridge of Serra Two in BC’s Waddington Range, I discovered I’m powerful.…

MEC Vancouver

Donwload PDF MEC breaks ground on new flagship store at eastern gateway to Olympic Village Outdoor retailer partners with Beedie on 60,000 sq. ft. dev…

For the love of winter: teaching adaptive skiing

Date October 25, 2017 Found in "Activities, Community, Stories" When we’re talking about the activities we love, it’s easy to have a default picture i…

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 …

Factories

Check the label – where was your shirt made? If it’s a recent purchase with an MEC logo on it, then it was made by one of the factories in the list be…

Price protection

If you find a lower price on the same product from the same season (online, in a store or advertised in print) within 30 days of a purchase, call us 1…

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…

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

Let’s make Canada the most active nation on the planet. MEC All Out is a community program that connects you to the places to go, the people to go wit…

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

We’re better together. The world is way bigger than our Co-op, so we work with groups across Canada to reach more people, teach more skills and find m…

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 Announcing MEC’s new Chief Executive Officer 09/05/2019 MEC to open new store in Saskatoon 20/11/2018 MEC CEO David Labistour to step dow…

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…

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…

Ride more roads

Date March 4, 2016 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Not all rides are made equal. Ride More Roads is a tribute to rides fuelled by a desire to…

These pics helped raise $10K for POW

Date March 16, 2016 Found in "Community" We did it! MEC would like to send out a massive thank you to everyone who tagged their winter photos with #li…

29 (ish) must-haves for summer riding

Date May 28, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear" Gadgets, snacks, MacGyver-worthy tools and other essentials, some stuff should always come along for the…

6 winter-friendly trails around Montreal

Date December 22, 2016 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" People bundled up in hats and scarves, streets slick with ice and temperatures cold en…

Crankworx enduro world series

Date August 8, 2014 Found in "Travel and places" Crankworx is mountain biking’s biggest festival, and brings thousands of riders and spectators from a…

11 Canadian resorts to ski and ride this year

Date January 15, 2016 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" There’s a lot to factor in when choosing where to ski or ride in the Great White North …

Next-level hammock set-ups

Date May 10, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear" Fact: sun-soaked summer days were made for hammocking. Set up your rig and sway away – the #hammocklife …

By the pictures: running trails that Canadians love

Date March 3, 2017 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Canada has no shortage of amazing trails and the MEC community loves trail running – it’s …

Roll or fold? Packing tips from the pros

Date January 23, 2017 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" Whether you’re about to go ski touring around snowy peaks in the BC backcountry, tr…

Discipline: Hometown Resides

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 …

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…

Kitchener

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

North York

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

MEC member spotlight: Melody Markle

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

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. …

Choose bike lights

Bike lights serve two purposes: they illuminate the way ahead and make you more visible to motorists and pedestrians. A white light mounted on the fro…

Meet-up rides

Looking for an experienced leader to bring something new to your training, a dynamic workout that builds through the season or some group coaching to …

Sprint triathlons

Swim, cycle and run your way through these fun sprint triathlons. Each event is a little different, and many feature chip-timed results, morning coffe…

Running clinics

Everyone starts somewhere – sometimes it’s the couch, and sometimes it’s the desire to transition from road running to trail running. Whether you’re j…

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

Address: 130 West Broadway Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 1P3 Phone: Call (604) 872-7858 Manager: Paul Burgoyne Community Community Your local MEC st…

Calgary

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

London

Address: 1051 Wellington Road London, Ontario N6E 1W4 Phone: Call (519) 668-6657 Manager: Marten Mann Community Community We’ve moved! We’re now at 10…

Montréal (Marché Central)

Address: 8989 de l'Acadie Boulevard Montréal, Québec H4N 3K1 Phone: Call (514) 788-5878 Manager: Josette Fauteux Community Community Your local MEC st…

Barrie

Address: 61 Bryne Drive Barrie, Ontario L4N 8V8 Phone: Call (705) 792-4675 Manager: Stacey Baldry Community Community Your local MEC store is more tha…

Edmonton

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

Kelowna

Address: 1876 Cooper Rd, Unit 100 Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 9N6 Phone: Call (250) 448-7637 Manager: Liz Burnside Community Community Your local ME…

Winnipeg

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

Victoria

Address: 1450 Government Street Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1Z2 Phone: Call (250) 386-2667 Manager: Sarah-Jane Chilton Community Community Your loc…

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, …

My first time backcountry skiing

Date February 14, 2018 Found in "Activities, Stories" *Heads up: this post is not a substitute for actual avalanche skills training; please be safe ou…

3 reasons to explore a new country by bike

Date April 4, 2019 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" If you live by the expression, “it’s about the journey, not the destination,” cycle tours …

FIXE PLX-HCR climbing hardware

FIXE PLX-HCR bolt hangers from MEC may be subject to a voluntary recall due to their potential to corrode. The following styles of bolt hangers, rappe…

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…

A local’s guide to skiing and riding at Whistler Blackcomb

Date October 27, 2017 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Visiting Whistler is an incredible opportunity. But with more than 200 marked runs, 817…

Gift ideas for people who really, really like coffee

Date October 30, 2018 Found in "Gear" It’s no secret that I’m a coffee person. Coffee addicts walk among us – you might be married to one, you might w…

Gift ideas: Splurge vs. save edition

Date November 1, 2017 Found in "Gear" Sometimes, you want to go big when it comes to surprising your favourite person. Other times, a present that’s t…

What to give a gear fanatic

Date November 1, 2017 Found in "Gear" Gearheads love talking about gear of almost any kind, but most of them have some sort of specialty. Electronics,…

Gifts for people who love cabins and cottages

Date October 30, 2018 Found in "Gear" Grass between your toes. Early morning dew on the dock. Post-lake-swim hair. Do you know someone who lives for m…

Gift ideas for adventurous kids

Date November 6, 2018 Found in "Gear" A kid who’d rather be on two wheels than two feet. A toddler discovering snow for the first time. A teen who liv…

Gifts for people who live in small spaces

Date November 8, 2017 Found in "Gear" Have someone on your gift list who lives in tight quarters? MEC staffer and rock climber Graham lived in a van w…

Secret Santa gift ideas

Date November 15, 2017 Found in "Gear" Being part of a secret Santa gift exchange can seem daunting, especially if involves co-workers at a new job, a…

Gift ideas for people who love outdoor parties

Date November 15, 2017 Found in "Gear" We all know someone who’s the summertime social quarterback. Whatever they dream up – beach BBQs, group camping…

22 gift ideas for your most outdoorsy friend

Date November 15, 2017 Found in "Gear" The friend who posts incredible photos of untamed wilderness and nameless peaks. The one who’s always either pl…

Gifts for your friend who has #goals

Date November 15, 2017 Found in "Gear" Shred it. Send it. Sprint it. Whatever activity they do, they’re always pushing to be better, faster and strong…

Tent vs. tee: the carbon footprint of outdoor gear

Date November 16, 2017 Found in "Community, Gear" We love the outdoors. Whether it’s the sweeping landscape of a national park or the buzz of North Yo…

How to choose an activity tracker

If you want to gain the health benefits of exercise or are training to achieve a specific goal, fitness and activity trackers can increase your motiva…

How to choose a camping stove

From s’mores to pasta, food tastes better when you’re camping. There are lots of camping stove options to choose from, including ones from brands like…

Tent repair and care

A good tent can provide you with years of comfortable camp shelter. But rough surfaces, sharp edges, dampness and UV exposure can reduce your tent’s l…

Selecting a tent site

For a great night’s sleep, take a minute to scope out your surroundings before you select a campsite and start to pitch your tent. You might want to s…

MEC Sanctuary and Lago tights (May 2017)

We recently found out that MEC Sanctuary or Lago tights in the Viola Laser Print colour are too sheer (see-through) to meet MEC’s quality standards. W…

Detours bike panniers, specific models

Some Detours bicycle panniers may need a part upgrade for the clips that attach it to a bike rack. Detours recently determined that the clips on certa…

BOB B-Safe 35 infant car seat (June 2017)

The BOB B-Safe 35 infant car seats is subject to a recall and requires inspection. Although no injuries have been reported, the manufacturer issued a …

BYA Sports Skyline Zipline

The BYA Sports Skyline 90 Zipline kit is subject to a recall. According to BYA Sports, “a crimp in the zipline can fail allowing the cable to pull fre…

Co-op membership

We’re a co-op. That means we’re a little different than most outdoor gear stores. Everyone who shops here is a member and an owner, and our business s…

Free Parks Canada Discovery Passes at MEC

Exciting news for park explorers: you can now pick up a free 2017 Discovery Pass at your local MEC. Stop by any MEC store and visit the Member Service…

MEC North York and Park Towns complex

Download PDF Mixed-use development at 784 Sheppard Avenue receives final approval from OMB MEC North York under construction now for spring 2016 openi…

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…

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 …

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. Members may provide feedback or complaints in person to a store’s senior managers. If store m…

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

This statement discloses the privacy practices and policies for Mountain Equipment Co-operative’s (MEC’s) website. If you have any questions about the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Ultimate collection of running tips, hacks and secrets

Date July 31, 2017 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" You know what’s crazy inspiring? Standing at the finish line of a marathon around the 4+-hou…

MEC’s most memorable moments of 2016

Date January 30, 2017 Found in "Community" What a year. From wild paragliding expeditions across mountains to new stores across Canada, so much happen…

How to buy a bike

Get ready for the awesomeness of two wheels. If you’re shopping for a new bike and are wondering where to start, here’s what to think about on your bi…

Setting goals for 2018? Here’s some inspiration

Date December 22, 2017 Found in "Activities, Community, Stories" Setting goals for the new year? If you’re looking for inspiration, you’re in the righ…

Choisir un moniteur d'entraînement

Les moniteurs d’entraînement sont des outils efficaces pour les personnes qui veulent bénéficier des bienfaits de l’activité physique ou pour ceux qui…

Snowshoeing checklist

Snowshoeing is an easy way to get outside and enjoy nature in winter. Even if you’re heading on a short trip, it’s important to pack some key items. T…

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Whether you’re a surfer at almost any break outside of the tropics, a triathlete swimming in open water, or a paddler seeking an extra margin of safet…

Annie Jean

Discipline: Running Ambassador Hometown Kapuskasing, ON Resides Chelsea, QC Annie first discovered running in university and instantly fell in love wi…

Mountain biking gear checklist

Want to know what to bring mountain biking? Use this trail checklist to tick off the basics for a few hours of riding. If you’re going for a longer ri…

Folding knives that open with one hand (February 2018)

Several styles of folding knives designed to open with one hand are no longer available for purchase from MEC. Manufactured by various companies, thes…

How to choose a mountain bike

If you’re reading this, you’re likely hooked on the idea of flowing through the forest on two wheels. We can confirm: mountain biking is awesome. Buyi…

Your guide to trail running

Learn useful tips from experienced trail runners, whether you’re a trail running newbie or are keen to plan longer trail runs.

How to prepare for a long trail run

So you’ve memorized all the local trail loops, you’ve worked up to a couple hours on trails (or more), and you want a new challenge. Sounds like you’r…

Travel checklist

Whether you’re flying across the country for a wedding, road-tripping through wine country, or preparing to backpack around Southeast Asia, packing ca…

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…

How to choose and size ski poles

Although ski poles aren’t as technical as ski boots and bindings, there are a few things to look for when you’re buying a new pair. The materials and …

Contest rules

This Mountain Equipment Cooperative (MEC) contest, presented together with Tourism Whistler, is governed by the following rules. By entering this cont…

Avalanche safety gear and training

The best strategy for surviving an avalanche is to avoid being caught in one. If you’re skiing, snowboarding or even snowshoeing in the backcountry, m…

Race Series Packs

These packs combine well-marked routes, chip-timed results with finish-line bananas and unlimited high fives. Sign up for the whole series. Choose fro…

#Live4Snow to Protect Our Winters

Tag a winter photo with #live4snow and @mec on Instagram, and we’ll donate $2 to Protect Our Winters (up to $15,000). Flick a follow at @alex_mey. He …

Who bolted that awesome line?

Date December 5, 2017 Found in "Activities, Community" When climbers go sport climbing in Quebec, they generally find established routes that have bee…

How to do anything: Master interval training

Date November 14, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" A great addition to any fitness plan, interval training alternates high intensity exerci…

#goodtimesoutside: our favourites so far

Date December 9, 2016 Found in "Activities, Community" We’re into December now, and if winter weather hasn’t hit your city yet, it appears to be on it…

MEC favourites: the ubiquitous Uplink Jacket

Date January 25, 2017 Found in "Gear" Do you have an MEC Uplink in your closet? Plenty of members do. Since its launch almost 8 years ago, the Uplink’…

Youngest on top: Naomi Prohaska’s Mount Logan summit

Date October 16, 2017 Found in "Community, Stories" You never know the impact something will have on you until you’ve sat with it for a while. When I …

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…

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…

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 …

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 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…

South Edmonton Common

Address: 1624 99 Street NW Edmonton, Alberta T6N 1M5 Phone: Call (780) 433-0293 Manager: Ravi Grewal Community Community Our second store in Edmonton,…

Laval

Address: 2615 Boulevard Daniel-Johnson Laval, Quebec H7T 1S8 Phone: Call (450) 688-2712 Manager: Rémi Larose Community Community Come take a look at y…

Longueuil

Address: 4869 Taschereau Boulevard Longueuil, Quebec J4V 3K3 Phone: Call (450) 766-1359 Manager: Emmanuelle Speer Community Community Your local MEC s…

Langley

Address: 6121 200th St Unit 1 Langley, British Columbia V2Y 1A2 Phone: Call (604) 534-4570 Manager: Andrew Brumby Community Community Your local MEC s…

Ottawa

Address: 366 Richmond Road Ottawa, Ontario K2A 0E8 Phone: Call (613) 729-2700 Manager: Chris Chapman Community Community Your local MEC store is more …

Halifax

Address: 1550 Granville Street Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1X1 Phone: Call (902) 421-2667 Manager: Kent Walsh Community Community Your local MEC store is…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

Help Centre

Frequently asked questions   How long does shipping take? If you’re using Standard shipping (free for orders over $50), Canada Post says it will take …

10+ inspirational trail runners to follow

Date March 16, 2018 Found in "Activities, Community" Looking for some running and fitness inspiration that comes with a side of outdoor awesomeness? T…

Injury prevention tips for trail runners

Date March 19, 2018 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" I’ve been a runner for almost 18 years. Starting from scratch, I’ve worked my way up to run…

Where to go trail running in Vancouver (without a car)

Date March 21, 2018 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Want to start trail running near Vancouver and don’t own a car? No problem. Check out the…

Mountain biking: pre-ride bike checks

Before you head out on the trail, it’s smart to give your mountain bike a quick pre-ride check to make sure everything is in good working order. Follo…

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…

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…

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 a forest can change a community

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

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…

Download PDF Competitive climbing taking hold in Canada as outdoor co-op, sporting org’ combine efforts MEC and CEC sign sport climbing agreement befo…

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 …

15 things I wish I knew before I started climbing

Date October 6, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" If you’re gearing up to try indoor climbing, there are a few things that will likely come …

Canoe or kayak touring checklist

Date October 17, 2016 Found in "Gear, Skills and tips" Get ready for your paddling trip with this multi-day canoe tripping and kayak tour checklist. W…

Hidden gems: 8 small ski resorts worth checking out

Date January 24, 2017 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" If the idea of spending hours of your hard-won rec time wading through swarms of people…

The making of Parkbus

Date June 10, 2013 Found in "Community" Boris Issaev fills us in on the story behind Parkbus, a bus service in Ontario that gets people from the city …

103 ways to make this your best winter ever

Date November 7, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Winter. It’s cold, it’s dark and it’s time to lie low. Right? Wrong. Get ready for the be…

Top 10 moments of 2015: Outdoor Nation edition

Date December 31, 2015 Found in "Community" From highlighting your all-weather outdoor addictions on social media to teaming up with some inspired min…

Biking in Burgundy

Date November 8, 2014 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Biking is one of the best ways to see Europe’s ancient towns, rolling vineyards and his…

Getting our hands dirty

Date November 25, 2013 Found in "Community" When Arc’teryx challenged MEC to a trail building competition, we jumped at the chance to get dirty… plus …

Why you should get off the couch and run in the rain

Date October 19, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" As a runner who lives in Vancouver, I end up running in the rain. A lot. I’ve run in cold…

Answers to every excuse not to ski

Date October 26, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Okay – so you know skiing is awesome. But maybe you’re having a tough time gathering a cr…

3 Ridleys for 3 California Roads

Date May 12, 2016 Found in "Gear, Travel and places" Every road gives a different feeling – some inspire us to ride fast, some beckon to be explored, …

What to pack for a day of backcountry skiing

Date October 7, 2015 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" I’m interested in what folks keep in their packs for emergencies, and I like to comp…

Record-setting climb: Naomi Prohaska’s Mount Logan summit

Date October 16, 2017 Found in "Community, Stories" You never know the impact something will have on you until you’ve sat with it for a while. When I …

How to choose a rain jacket

Choosing a rain jacket might feel overwhelming when you’re faced with tons of options in stores or online. But it’s a lot easier to find the best rain…

Climbing gear special offer

10% off climbing package Buy your rock shoes when you buy a harness (or harness package) and get 10% off both. Plus, get 10% off this other climbing g…

How to repair a torn waterproof jacket or pants

A sharp branch at the edge of a trail. A wayward ember from a campfire. A car door that closes a little too soon and catches a sleeve. Tearing or punc…

How to enjoy winter activities with kids

If you love playing outside in winter, chances are you want your children to love the snow as much as you do. Organizing winter activities for kids ta…

Winter camping gear checklist

Why go winter camping? Loads of reasons. You get prime campsites without crowds. It’s blissfully quiet, except for soft whumpfs of snow falling off tr…

Nick Elson

Discipline: Running Ambassador Hometown Campbell River, BC Resides Squamish, BC Whether on foot, on skis, or tied into a rope, Nick is motivated by ch…

How to wax skis and snowboards

Learning how to wax your own skis or snowboard is a bit like learning how to make the perfect espresso. When you have the right know-how, it’s easier …

How to start snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is one of the easiest winter sports to try. It’s also pretty easy to make sure you stay safe and have fun too. Follow our step-by-step gui…

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 …

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…

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,…

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

Address: 212 Brooksbank Avenue North Vancouver, BC V7J 2C1 Phone: Call (604) 990-4417 Manager: Karen Berrisford Community Community Your local MEC sto…

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

Address: 300 Queen St West Toronto, Ontario M5V 2A2 Phone: Call (416) 340-2667 Manager: Chris Krutzmann New flagship New flagship 300 Queen Street Wes…

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…

Facing my fear of hills and bears for the love of running

Date March 7, 2018 Found in "Activities, Stories" When I lived in Toronto, I led a very busy life. Working full-time as a television host, my schedule…

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…

Staff picks: our favourite gear from The North Face

Date September 20, 2018 Found in "Gear" As a co-op that’s all about getting people outside, MEC is pumped to be carrying gear from like-minded brands …

Free in-store pickup

Shop online, then pick up your purchases at any MEC store. It couldn’t be easier. Gift shopping hot tip: Check store availability when you shop. If yo…

Top running gear and trends you should know

Date March 22, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" Whether you’re a newbie trail runner or a seasoned marathoner, it’s natural that a fresh running seaso…