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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…

11 super cozy fall looks

Date September 17, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" What’s your first real sign of fall? Maybe it’s digging out your favourite giant scarf for a weeke…

MEC Ambassador picks for trail running gear

Date April 23, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" Part of what makes trail running so amazing is its simplicity. You don’t need much gear to enjoy the f…

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 …

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…

Bluesign

Quick-drying cycling jerseys, waterproof-breathable alpine jackets, even merino wool base layers – they all involve yarns, dyes, and sometimes special…

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…

Algonquin Park canoe trip checklist

Canoeing in Algonquin Park is an iconic Ontario adventure, thanks to more than 2000km of canoe routes and portages. With so many options, it’s importa…

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 …

Camino de Santiago trip packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for the Camino de Santiago trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the cities and for ev…

Patagonia W Circuit trek packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for the hiking the Patagonia W Circuit with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the evenings e…

The Inca Trail packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for the Inca Trail trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the evenings eating and relax…

Lodge-to-lodge Salkantay trek packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for the lodge-to-lodge Salkantay trek with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the evenings ea…

Gift ideas for your friend who’s always cold

Date October 30, 2018 Found in "Gear" We all know this person. They’re the one wearing a blanket indoors. They hang out in fuzzy onesies and sleep in …

Camino trail packing list

Use this Camino packing list to get ready for your journey. Once you decide what route you want to walk, make sure to check the weather averages for t…

Everest base camp trek packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for your trek to Everest base camp with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the evenings eatin…

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…

Mount Kilimanjaro summit packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for the Mount Kilimanjaro summit (Machame route) with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the …

A recipe for zzz’s in the woods

Date May 18, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" Packing up the car and heading out on a camping adventure with friends is one of the be…

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…

Southern California: At one with nature

Date June 8, 2018 Found in "Travel and places" Outdoor enthusiasts will be spoiled by all that Southern California offers. With seaside sunsets, deser…

Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit checklist

Looking for a wilderness canoe trip in BC? Bowron Lake Provincial Park gives you two circuits to choose from: a 6- to 10-day route along all 10 lakes,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Colombia discovery trip packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for the Colombia discovery trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the cities and for ev…

Italy hiking, food and wine trip packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for your trip to Italy’s Amalfi Coast with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the evenings ea…

Morocco discovery trip packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for the Morocco discovery trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the cities and for eve…

Sri Lanka multi-sport adventure packing list

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

New Zealand multi-sport adventure packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for your New Zealand trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the cities and for evenings…

Costa Rica adventure and nature trip packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for your Costa Rica trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the cities and for evenings …

Vietnam cycling trip packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for your Vietnam cycling trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the cities and for even…

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…

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…

Tuscany cycling trip packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for your Tuscany cycling, food and wine trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the citi…

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…

Thailand multi-sport adventure packing list

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

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…

Patagonia multi-sport adventure packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for your Patagonia multi-sport trip (in Argentina and Chile) with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your …

Gear I love: Alpinist Joshua Lavigne’s gnarly gear picks

Date August 20, 2018 Found in "Gear" Planning some epics? We checked with MEC Ambassador Joshua Lavigne – who has committed his life to climbing – for…

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 …

Animal welfare

Being able to trace down and wool back to the farms they come from is a large part of making sure animal welfare standards are being upheld. Responsib…

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…

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…

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…

Ski touring checklist

Date October 31, 2016 Found in "Gear, Skills and tips" Thinking about doing a hut-to-hut ski tour like the Wapta Traverse or the Canadian Haute Route?…

What’s new this week

Date June 11, 2018 Found in "Activities, Gear" It’s (finally) time to welcome 9pm sunsets and weekends filled with bike rides, hiking trails and playi…

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…

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…

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…

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 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 …

What’s new this week

Date October 2, 2018 Found in "Gear" Have you started poking through your closets for the extra-warm layers yet? Cold weather is on its way, so even i…

Tent vs. tee: the carbon footprint of outdoor gear

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

How to choose 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 …

Help Centre

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

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 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…

7 must-do outdoor adventures in New Zealand

Date January 16, 2019 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Growing up in Australia, I’ve always felt a healthy rivalry towards New Zealand. Aussie…

Trekking to Everest Base Camp? Read this first

Date January 16, 2019 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips, Travel and places" Telling people you’ve hiked to Everest Base Camp (EBC) in Nepal can be…

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…

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…

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 …

How to plan an expedition

Date March 7, 2018 Found in "Activities, Community, Skills and tips" Ever wanted to go on an expedition? To climb a far-off peak, paddle an unexplored…

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

The SJAM Winter Trail: Ottawa’s winter wonderland

Date February 7, 2018 Found in "Activities, Community, Stories" Helping people get active outdoors is what we’re all about. But living in a major city…

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…

7 Montreal running trails you can get to without a car

Date April 24, 2018 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Want to try trail running near Montreal and don’t own a car? Start by checking out these …