MEC 50th anniversary

50 years of getting after it

For 50 years, we’ve been there for your summits, your portages, your blackflies-in-the-oatmeal backcountry epics. It’s been five decades of pushing to new places at MEC, and it hasn’t always been an easy trail – but the most memorable ones rarely are.

It’s here! MEC anniversary collection

Iconic designs and heritage favourites are back. Dig into these limited-edition pieces before they disappear into the gear vault.

Three people on a rock wearing fleece and 5 panel hats
MEC 50th anniversary hip packs
Climber with rope and MEC fleece
Young girl swinging on a tree kitted with all MEC anniversary gear

Share your outdoor stories for a chance to win

To celebrate our 50th, we’re giving you the chance to win a $5,000 MEC gift card.

To enter, share your favourite outdoor memories, best adventures and far-out MEC gear photos on Instagram. Use the #MEC50 hashtag and tag @mec when you do. We can’t wait to see what you dig up. Contest closes August 10, 2021.

<br></br><p>From slideshows in the 70s to skills clinics in stores, we’ve experimented with all kinds of ways to link generations of folks with the outdoors and each other.</p>


From slideshows in the 70s to skills clinics in stores, we’ve experimented with all kinds of ways to link generations of folks with the outdoors and each other.

Two MEC members bike touring
Two MEC members rocking anoraks

Some things never change

Sure, now headlamps are smaller, skis are fatter, and external frame backpacks are a rare sight.

But one thing that’s stayed the same? A community of people who live for getting outside. We paddle and ski, hike and bike, hang out at the crag, burn marshmallows, swat mosquitos, skinnydip at secret lakes.

Oh – and just for the record, we were gorpcore before gorpcore was even a thing.

MEC hiker stream crossing
Two MEC kids in newt suits
MEC staffers in base layers
Man rock climbing gnarly boulder
Heritage snow gear from MEC label
Man and woman on the beach in MEC heritage outfits

6 million members and counting

If every MEC member lined up fingertip to fingertip along The Great Trail (a.k.a. the Trans-Canada Trail), we’d stretch from Vancouver to the province of Québec (!).

Membership is for life, it’s free, and it’s your connection to the outdoors.

A lot has happened since 1971, but our grassroots foundation still holds up: make things happen, find strength in community, and inspire adventure.
A lot has happened since 1971, but our grassroots foundation still holds up: make things happen, find strength in community, and inspire adventure.
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50 years of rock solid gear

We’ve always been into gear. So it’s no surprise that MEC started tinkering with product design almost as soon as the business got rolling. Today, MEC Label builds products you can trust to perform – all at a fair price.