Campers cooking bacon in a cast-iron pan over a campfire

MEC as a co-op

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 structure is designed around values, not profit. But there’s more to MEC than just that. When you join, you become part of a community of more than 4 million people who love to get active outdoors.

Welcome. We’re glad you’re here.

To join, just add a membership share when you checkout online, or stop by any store.

What it means to be a member

You get awesome gear

Campers at a picnic table drinking coffee

Gear from MEC is good stuff that works. All of it – from camp stoves to hoodies to kayaks – is covered by our Rocksolid Guarantee, and we’re the only place you can get MEC-brand items. Want to try something new? Members can also rent gear at a low cost.

You get advice from people in the know

Three MEC staffers hiking in summer

Have a question? Ask away. Our friendly staff are into hiking, camping, running, biking, climbing and more (see #mecstaffer for proof). There are no sales commissions, so we can focus on helping you find just what you need. We also share our know-how with free or low-cost workshops.

You’re part of a community hub

Runners in the MEC race series waving to the camera

Our stores are outdoor activity hubs across Canada. Running races, bike meet-ups, festivals, gear swaps and club nights are just some of the events to check out. Plus, we support local groups through our community program, and have donated more than $34 million since 1987.

You’re part of something bigger

Skiers carrying skis with mountain view

We believe in getting outside, being active, and making good things happen along the way. Everything we make, buy, sell or touch has an impact, and we find ways to stretch our limits and stay accountable to members. As a member, you’re a voting shareholder – and you also get to share in our success with share redemptions.

Rules of co-operation

We use these rules to conduct our affairs, and when you join MEC, you agree to operate by them too. Please contact us if you have any questions.

MEC rules of co-operation.