With our noteworthy projects and national partnerships we can amplify our efforts and extend our reach across borders, connecting the local environmental movement with game-changers around the globe.
Protect Our Winters (POW)
Protect Our Winters (POW) Canada is the Canadian chapter of the global non-profit POW, which is dedicated to fighting climate change on behalf of the snowsports community. POW’s mission is to turn passionate outdoor enthusiasts into effective climate advocates to keep the snow in snowsports. They lead a community of athletes, creative pioneers and forward-thinking industry leaders to effect systemic policy solutions to climate change. As a founding partner of the Canadian chapter, MEC will help to engage Canadians on the very real threat that climate change poses to winter recreation.
MEC has partnered with Avalanche Canada for more than a decade. Since 2001 we’ve supported Public Safety Programs and we donate thousands of dollars a year to help deliver their free Public Avalanche Bulletin. We’ve also partnered with them to provide a free avalanche forecast application in addition to being the Presenting Partner of their Avalanche Skill Training (AST) program – we send staff members for AST training, and provide space in stores for the course classroom component. Our partnership helps us provide MEC members with information and training critical to safer enjoyment of the winter backcountry.
Taking Avalanche Skills Training? Learn about free avalanche safety package rentals
In winter of 2016, Avalanche Canada launched the Cherry Bowl project. Made possible through MEC funding, this interactive website offers a unique educational opportunity based on an amazing backcountry rescue in northern BC. To see it, visit Cherry Bowl
Alpine Club of Canada
Since 1906, the ACC has been Canada’s national mountain organization. They share many objectives, with MEC including inspiring and enabling Canadians to climb, mountaineer, and pursue alpine activities. An extensive system of alpine and backcountry huts, and their regional club sections create a vibrant, active outdoor community. As an official benefactor, MEC provides the ACC with annual funding for core operations and youth programming.
Association of Canadian Mountain Guides
Committed to nurturing a culture of outdoor adventure in Canada, the ACMG provides Canadian youth opportunities to safely develop skills and experience the outdoors. MEC and the ACMG run the Adventure Access Program that subsidizes ACMG guides and instructors to work with schools, clubs, and other youth groups.
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
Since 2004, we’ve provided core funding to the national CPAWS office to strengthen their voice for wilderness conservation. We support CPAWS’ direct advocacy for a healthy network of parks and protected areas.
International Mountain Bicycling Association Canada
The international Mountain Bicycling Association Canada (IMBA Canada) provides access to high-quality mountain biking experiences in communities across Canada while growing the participation in the sport. Our annual donation to IMBA Canada supports their core funding, and helps deliver the popular Take a Kid Mountain Biking program that challenge families, bike clubs and youth groups to organize rides and events in their local community.
Leave No Trace Canada
The highly regarded Leave No Trace program promotes and inspires responsible outdoor recreation. MEC provided their initial seed funding and helped build their infrastructure. To strengthen their roots in Canada we continue to sponsor workshops and courses, and encourage MEC staff to become Master Educators. We’re delighted to see them flourish and continue to teach Canadians that even small changes in behavior have monumental impacts on the outdoors.
We’ve partnered with Parks Canada to develop a national Learn to Camp initiative. It aims to instill confidence in participants, so they can camp on their own and discover the joy in camping and in connecting to outdoor experiences at Parks Canada’s places.
MEC partners with Parkbus to help thousands of Canadians visit national and provincial parks from major cities across Canada. From day trips and family camping weekends to wilderness expeditions, Parkbus offers accessible transportation options to help city dwellers connect with nature.