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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…

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, …

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 …

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…

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

For shipping within Canada, to the USA, and internationally, find pricing information and mailing options below. Free shipping on orders over $50 On o…

Get in touch

Live Chat Store locations Service Centre hours Monday to Wednesday, 7:00am – 8:00pm (PT) Thursday to Friday, 7:00am – 8:30pm (PT) Saturday, 6:30am – 6…

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 …

MEC Paddlefest

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

MEC Race Series

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

A coffee addict's guide to camp coffee

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

Essential gear for summer camping in Ontario

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

South Chilcotins: gear list

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

South Chilcotins: FAQ

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

Sea to Sky: gear list

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

Sea to Sky: gear list

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

DWR and PFCs

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

Microplastics and 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, …

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…

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…

Discipline: Hometown Resides

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

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 …

What skis are right for you?

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

Where to camp in Ontario’s cottage country

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

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…

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…

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 …

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’…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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 Your local MEC store is more…

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.

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 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…

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: 2018–19 2018–19 MEC Annual Report and scorecard (pdf) 2018–19 Material issues (pdf) 2018–19 Financial statemen…

#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…

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

Outdoor clothing tips to keep 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…

Back-to-school prep: campus survival secrets to know

Date July 17, 2019 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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 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…

Price matching and 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 after a purchase, call u…

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…

Fitting your bike

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

Sea to Sky Corridor: Guides

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

MEC Vancouver relocation

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

MEC Edmonton moves to Brewery District

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

MEC Kitchener

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

MEC North York Now Open

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

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

Product recalls

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

Elections and nominations

BOARD NOMINATIONS MEC is Canada’s go-to place for outdoor gear, know-how and inspiration: a large retail cooperative with over 5.4 million members in …

4-Day South Chilcotins

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

3-day Sea to Sky corridor

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

4-day Sea to Sky Corridor

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

Camp kitchen secrets

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

Craft s'mores: Boost your camp snack game

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

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…

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 M2K 1C3 Phone: Call 1 (416) 221-0030 Manager: Sean Blackwood MEC North York MEC North York Play …

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…

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. …

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

Appalachian Trail checklist

Serious hiking trips start with serious planning. The Appalachian Trail (often called the AT) is 3500km long, which puts it in the “serious hiking tri…

Free avi gear rental special offer

As part of our ongoing support of Avalanche Canada, Avalanche Québec and backcountry safety, members doing an Avalanche Skills Training (AST) courses …

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…

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…

Climbing pants, from Ferrata to Constantia

Date March 30, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear" A long time ago, preparing for one of my first trips to the mountains, I bought a pair of MEC Ferrata …

Hidden gems: 6 awesome Ontario campsites

Date March 6, 2017 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Lakes, trails, forests and parks – camping is the best way to take in everything that Onta…

An ultra Big Wild Challenge

Date August 29, 2014 Found in "Community, Stories" Jim is a runner, an optimism ninja, a cancer warrior, and an adventurist. Essentially, he is a man …

Review: the Ridley Noah SL

Date April 20, 2016 Found in "Gear" What’s going on here? Last year I rode Ridley’s ridiculously light Helium SL. I loved it, so was honestly a bit he…

Flow of the Fedchenko

Date February 11, 2015 Found in "Stories" Emelie Stenberg pulled out a map of the Pamirs and walked us through her plan to traverse the Fedchenko Glac…

The photo of a lifetime: solar eclipse

Date November 19, 2015 Found in "Stories" What does it take to capture a one-one thousandth-of-a-second, once-in-a-lifetime shot? Reuben reveals how h…

Vancouver to Ottawa: Finding adventure at every turn

Date May 12, 2016 Found in "Stories, Travel and places" The task was simple: move from Ottawa to Vancouver in five days. With those instructions, it w…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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 …

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 …

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…

The bucket list for adventurous Canadians

Date October 13, 2016 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" In a country that spans almost 10 million square kilometres of dense rainforest, calm l…

Fartlek and 9 other must-know run terms

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

7 things to look for in a quality tent

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

How to après like a pro

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

How to start winter running: tips and gear

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

How to bike in the rain (and other fall bike commute tips)

Date August 14, 2019 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Fun fact: I’m a born-again bike commuter. I ride a lot of bikes, but I once loathed commut…

5 ways to stay active in the city during winter

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

How to do anything: navigate using the stars

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

The best of MEC in 2015

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

Must-hit stops on an Eastern Canada outdoor adventure

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

Hidden gems: 5 awesome Quebec campsites

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

23 vintage Canadian ski photos

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

Chasing Sunrise: 36 hours in the unknown

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

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

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

Trail tips: Where to mountain bike in North Vancouver

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

Wednesday night camp-out: 7 items worth the weight

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

10 tips for great ski photos

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

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…

Green gift ideas for your eco-friendly friend

Date October 30, 2018 Found in "Gear" What better than giving a gift? Giving a gift that’s low-impact, responsibly sourced, organically grown or gives…

Gift ideas for grown-ups who love fun socks

Date November 8, 2017 Found in "Gear" Socks. Not the most exciting gift when you’re a kid, but as an adult, socks kind of rule. They keep your feet co…

Gift ideas for your friend who wants to get outside more

Date November 8, 2017 Found in "Gear" Floating over powdery drifts on snowshoes for the first time. Seeing a city from a new perspective, high up on a…

Gifts for the person who’s always late

Date October 30, 2018 Found in "Gear" Do you know someone who differentiates between “ready” and “ready to go”? Do they have clocks purposefully set 5…

How to choose a headlamp

The key to finding the perfect headlamp is knowing what features are important to you. Think about the activities you plan to use your headlamp for – …

The gifts you might not know you’ve given

Date November 28, 2017 Found in "Activities, Community, Stories" MEC members are generous to the core – even when they’re shopping for themselves. Whe…

Science says: getting kids outdoors is a game changer

Date December 5, 2017 Found in "Activities, Community, Stories" Think back to the most fun you had as a kid. Chances are, whatever comes to mind, it p…

How to start rock climbing

Imagine yourself, next Tuesday evening. Think about where you are, who you’re with, and what you’re doing. Are you at an indoor climbing gym? After re…

How to choose a travel adapter

Like cultures and cuisines, plugs and voltages vary from place to place around the world. At home you don’t think twice about charging your devices, b…

Kim Magnus

Discipline: Running Ambassador Hometown Kerrobert, SK Resides Vancouver, BC Growing up in small towns in Ontario and Manitoba, Kim was always keen to …

Free with purchase

When you buy an Intense, we’ll sweeten the deal. What’s included: 2 years free service Drivetrain tune-ups Wheel truing 2 hydraulic brake bleeds 2 bas…

Award-winning gear: 20 top picks from the pros

Date December 4, 2018 Found in "Gear" When adventure calls, you want to be sure you can keep up. And to do that, you’ll need dependable gear that’s be…

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 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 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…

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…

The best ways to celebrate Pride outside

Date June 4, 2019 Found in "Activities, Community, Gear" The outdoors is the best place to be yourself. With Pride season kicking off, MEC would like …

23 travel gift ideas for globetrotters and frequent flyers

Date November 1, 2018 Found in "Gear" Buying gifts for travellers can be tough. What do you get for someone who’s always jetting off on another advent…

2018 Intense bike lineup: A run down

Date February 16, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" The new lineup of 2018 Intense bikes is in at MEC, and we couldn’t be more stoked on the updates an…

Mountain bike tires: tubes vs. tubeless

If you’re a mountain biker, you’ve probably heard the word “tubeless” a lot lately. Tubeless tires are exactly what they sound like: a tire that doesn…

Trail running: beginner’s guide

Is it true that trail runners have more fun? Only way to find out is to give it a try. You don’t need steep mountains or thick forests to have a good …

Essential gear for trail running

Part of what makes trail running so awesome is its simplicity. You don’t need a 65L pack or a trunk-load of gear to surround yourself with fresh air. …

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…

Why being active outdoors matters more than ever

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

Jim Willett's record run of the Bruce Trail

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

Bike Review: The Ghost 2016 SL AMR

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

Fairweather: inappropriately named mountain of dreams

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

Road to Rio: 48 hours in Kenya with Reid Coolsaet

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

Why we go outdoors

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

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…

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…

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 …

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…

MEC Membership

Why do I need to be a member to shop at MEC? We’re a co-operative, and part of that means that we can only sell to members. Learn more about co-op mem…

Spain and Portugal multi-sport adventure packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for the Spain and Portugal multi-sport adventure trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

Mountain magic: 48 years of good times outside

Date July 25, 2019 Found in "Activities, Community, Stories" To celebrate MEC’s 48th birthday and Mountain Days, we dug up some of our favourite nugge…

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…

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…

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…