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.


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Avalanche Canada

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

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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.

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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.

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Freshwater Alliance

Through this partnership, we’re building an engaged freshwater constituency across Canada. MEC supports the CFA to provide training and organization to help grassroots groups activate public support, communicate about issues that affect the rivers, lakes and streams, and amplify the voice of Canada’s recreational community.

Visit Freshwater Alliance

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Parks Canada

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.

Find out how to pick up your free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass from MEC.

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Protect Our Winters (POW)

POW is a global non-profit dedicated to fighting climate change on behalf of the winter sports community. MEC has joined with them to mobilize Canadian snowsports enthusiasts and to increase awareness about climate change. This partnership is all about keeping the snow in snowsports and engaging Canadians on the very real threat that climate change poses to winter recreation.