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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…

Bluesign

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

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…

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…

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…

Clothing layers

What’s the secret to staying warm and comfortable when active outside? Layers. Layering your outdoor clothing adds comfort by protecting your body fro…

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…

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…

Gift ideas for your friend who’s always cold

Date November 1, 2017 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 …

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Gift ideas for your eco-friendly friend

Date November 8, 2017 Found in "Gear" What better than giving a gift? Giving a gift that’s low-impact, responsibly sourced, organically grown or gives…

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,…

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 …

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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?…

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…

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…

Canoe or kayak touring checklist

Date October 17, 2016 Found in "Gear, Skills and tips" Get ready for your paddling trip in Algonquin Provincial Park, the Bowron Lake Circuit, Quetico…

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…

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 …

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 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 …

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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. …

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

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…

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 choose a wetsuit WATER TEMPERATURE AND NEOPRENE THICKNESS Wetsuits for different activities Fitting your wetsuit Design features to look for RELATED ARTICLES

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Returns and 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…

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 …

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…

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…

How to store and repair a sleeping pad

Your sleeping pad is an important layer between you and the rocky, rooty ground. Learn how to look after your sleeping pad once your camping or backpa…

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…

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’…

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…

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…

My first time backcountry skiing

Date February 14, 2018 Found in "Activities, Stories" *Heads up: this post is not a substitute for actual avalanche skills training; please be safe ou…

16 rad travel hacks from adventurous Canadians

Date September 29, 2016 Found in "Skills and tips, Travel and places" Whether you’re hiking the Inca Trail or biking around Paris in search of the fla…

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…

Top running gear and trends for 2018

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…

Sun safety

After a long Canadian winter or on a warm-weather vacation, you probably want to soak up as much sunshine as you can. However, excessive sun exposure,…

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…

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’…

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…

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'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…

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…

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…

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 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…

MEC winter jacket guide: warm, waterproof, do-it-all

Date September 29, 2017 Found in "Activities, Gear" It’s officially winter, which means if you’ve probably pulled out all your winter jackets by now f…

How to get hygge outdoors (and more)

Date November 3, 2016 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips" Let’s start with the hard part: it’s pronounced hue-gah. Now that that’s out of the way, …

23 travel gifts for globetrotters and frequent flyers

Date November 1, 2017 Found in "Gear" Buying gifts for travellers can be tough. What do you get for someone who’s always jetting off on another advent…

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…

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…

How to prepare for a long trail run

So you’ve memorized all the local trail loops, you’ve worked up to a couple hours on trails (or more), and you want a new challenge. Sounds like you’r…

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 …

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…

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…

Day hiking for beginners

When it comes to getting outside, nothing beats a hiking daytrip. Walking along forested trails or setting out to see a nearby waterfall doesn’t need …

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 …

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 …

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…

A first-timer’s guide to trekking in Patagonia

Date April 20, 2017 Found in "Activities, Skills and tips, Travel and places" Earlier this year, a friend and I travelled far south to a famously rugg…

What to wear mountain biking

Are you going mountain biking for the first time? Or maybe you’re ready to commit to your own bike and the gear that goes along with it? Here are some…

What to pack in your carry-on travel capsule wardrobe

Date September 11, 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 …

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…

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 …

Choose a sleeping pad

A sleeping pad cushions you and keeps you warm as you sleep. Without a sleeping pad, the cold ground draws heat away from you in your sleeping bag and…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The ultimate guide to keeping 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…

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 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…

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 …

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…

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…

Campus survival secrets

Date July 25, 2016 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…

Cross-country (nordic) skis

Dynamic, fluid movement that takes you over rolling hills, frozen lakes, and frosty trails, cross country skiing is your ticket to cruise through snow…

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…

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…

Montréal (Marché Central)

Make favourite Address: 8989 de l'Acadie Boulevard Montréal, Québec H4N 3K1 Phone: Call (514) 788-5878 Manager: Josette Fauteux Community Community Yo…

Rock climbing checklist

Nothing cuts a day at the crag short like showing up without your rock shoes. Use this list to get organized, so you can be ready to go whenever the r…

Mountain biking gear checklist

Want to know what to bring mountain biking? Use this trail checklist to tick off the basics for a few hours of riding. If you’re going for a longer ri…

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’…

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 …

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…

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 …

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…

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…

Calgary

Make favourite Address: 830 – 10th Avenue SW Calgary, Alberta T2R 0A9 Phone: Call (403) 269-2420 Manager: Matthew Lewis Community Community Your local…

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…

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…

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…

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…

What’s the best running watch for you?

Date August 16, 2016 Found in "Activities, Gear, Skills and tips" Looking to boost your running fitness? Want to compete with your friends online? Cur…

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…

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 …

Backpacking food and meal planning

It’s hard enough to decide what to eat when you’re staring into the fridge at home, let alone when you’re peering into a backpack full of hastily thro…

Louis Rousseau

Discipline: Climbing Ambassador Hometown Sherbrooke, QC Resides Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC Louis’ passion for alpinism and mountaineering stems from…

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…

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…

Laval

Make favourite Address: 2615 Boulevard Daniel-Johnson Laval, Quebec H7T 1S8 Phone: Call (450) 688-2712 Manager: Rémi Larose Community Community Come t…

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…

Factories

Check the label – where was your shirt made? If it’s a recent purchase with an MEC logo on it, then it was made by one of the factories in the list be…

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…

Québec City

Make favourite Address: 1475 Boulevard Lebourgneuf Québec City, Québec G2K 2G3 Phone: Call (418) 522-8884 Manager: Marie Claude Asselin Community Comm…

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…

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 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 …

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, …

Longueuil

Make favourite Address: 4869 Taschereau Boulevard Longueuil, Quebec J4V 3K3 Phone: Call (450) 766-1359 Manager: Emmanuelle Speer Community Community Y…

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…

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…

MEC $11K Whistler Ski Giveaway

Thank you for your interest in the MEC Whistler ski giveaway. Like a magical powder day in Whistler, all good things must come to an end. The contest …

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. …

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…

Price protection

If you find a lower price for an identical product (online, in a store or advertised in print) within 30 days of a purchase, call us 1 (888) 847-0770 …

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.…

In the buff on a bluff

Date August 2, 2017 Found in "Community, Stories" What is it about the urge to be naked in nature? It’s such a primal feeling that many of us experien…

How to unleash your inner badass

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.…

Governance and leadership Executive team

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…

Elections and nominations

The day you purchased your $5 MEC membership, you became part of a community that’s now five million members strong. You also became a shareholder in …

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…

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 “…

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…

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…

The Healing Power of the Outdoors

Date May 23, 2018 Found in "Community, Stories" Last summer, on a beach in Sechelt Inlet, BC, a group of young women sat together in a circle and crie…

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…

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…

North York

Make favourite Address: 784 Sheppard Avenue East Toronto, Ontario M2K 1C3 Phone: Call (416) 221-0030 Manager: Sean Blackwood Community Community Play …

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…

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…

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…

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…

Partnerships

With our noteworthy projects and national partnerships we can amplify our efforts and extend our reach across borders, connecting the local environmen…

Vancouver

Make favourite Address: 130 West Broadway Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 1P3 Phone: Call (604) 872-7858 Manager: Shawn Henderson Community Community …

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…

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 …

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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…

5 tips you need for backpacking in Vietnam

Date July 12, 2016 Found in "Travel and places" If you’ve never travelled to Southeast Asia (or Vietnam) then you’re in for an unforgettable trip. Be …

North Vancouver

Make favourite Address: 212 Brooksbank Avenue North Vancouver, BC V7J 2C1 Phone: Call (604) 990-4417 Manager: Karen Berrisford Community Community You…

Edmonton

Make favourite Address: 11904 104th Ave NW Edmonton, Alberta T5K 0G6 Phone: Call (780) 488-6614 Manager: Craig Binch Community Community Play Your loc…

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…

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 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…

How to choose bike tires

Having the right tires on your bike lets you ride faster, corner harder and adds confidence for tackling different types of terrain. Choose tires that…

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…

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 fix a flat bike tire

Sooner or later every cyclist gets a flat. Knowing how to fix a flat tire is a super useful bike repair skill that can save your ride (or save the rid…

How to care for your tent

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…

MEC Kitchener

Download PDF MEC opens new store in Kitchener, Co-op’s first retail location in the Tri-Cities region Outdoor retailer invites community to grand open…

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…

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 …

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…

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 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…

Run this: Bridges, monuments and open-air art

Date May 24, 2016 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" We all have those favourite routes from home that are quick, fun and get us familiar with o…

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…

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…

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…

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…

7 beautiful trail running spots in Calgary

Date April 11, 2018 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Think you need to venture off to Kananaskis Country or head off to Banff to get some real…

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…

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…

Mountain bike wheel sizes: 27.5in. vs. 29in.

In the mountain biking world, wheels seem to have settled on two main sizes – 27.5in. and 29in. – and each of them have benefits that may or may not m…

Choose a camp stove

The most important consideration when purchasing a stove is where and how you plan to use it. If you’re going ultra-light and ultra-high your requirem…

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…

Kitchener

Make favourite Address: 10 Manitou Drive Kitchener, Ontario N2C 2N3 Phone: Call (519) 896-4972 Manager: William McCutcheon Community Community Play   …

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…

London

Make favourite Address: 1051 Wellington Road London, Ontario N6E 1W4 Phone: Call (519) 668-6657 Manager: Marten Mann Community Community We’ve moved! …

Victoria

Make favourite Address: 1450 Government Street Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1Z2 Phone: Call (250) 386-2667 Manager: Sarah-Jane Chilton Community Com…

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…

Langley

Make favourite Address: 6121 200th St Unit 1 Langley, British Columbia V2Y 1A2 Phone: Call (604) 534-4570 Manager: Khrista Zand Community Community Yo…

8 Toronto running trails you can get to without a car

Date April 18, 2018 Found in "Activities, Travel and places" Living in Canada’s biggest city can be a challenge when you love to run on trails – and i…

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…

Halifax

Make favourite Address: 1550 Granville Street Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1X1 Phone: Call (902) 421-2667 Manager: Kent Walsh Community Community Your loc…

Barrie

Make favourite Address: 61 Bryne Drive Barrie, Ontario L4N 8V8 Phone: Call (705) 792-4675 Manager: Chris Bosworth Community Community Your local MEC s…

Kelowna

Make favourite Address: 1876 Cooper Rd, Unit 100 Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 9N6 Phone: Call (250) 448-7637 Manager: Karen Fitzgibbons Community Com…

Winnipeg

Make favourite Address: 303 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2B4 Phone: Call (204) 943-4202 Manager: Ken Berg Community Community Your local MEC …

South Edmonton Common

Make favourite Address: 1624 99 Street NW Edmonton, Alberta T6N 1M5 Phone: Call (780) 433-0293 Manager: Garry Beer Community Community Our second stor…

Burlington

Make favourite Address: 1030 Brant Street Burlington, Ontario L7R 0B2 Phone: Call (905) 333-8559 Manager: Chris Krutzmann Community Community Your loc…

Ottawa

Make favourite Address: 366 Richmond Road Ottawa, Ontario K2A 0E8 Phone: Call (613) 729-2700 Manager: Chris Chapman Community Community Your local MEC…

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…

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…

Toronto

Make favourite Address: 400 King St West Toronto, Ontario M5V 1K2 Phone: Call (416) 340-2667 Manager: Sean McSweeney Community Community Please note t…

10+ inspirational trail runners to follow

Date March 16, 2018 Found in "Activities, Community" Looking for some running and fitness inspiration that comes with a side of outdoor awesomeness? T…

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 …

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…

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, …