You want to go everywhere. Everyday MEC staff help travelers prepare for their next adventure. We see travel trends firsthand, whether it's backpackers preparing for the El Camino de Santiago trail or families tackling their bucket list for Canada 150+. We have the gear and knowledge for an insider's advantage.
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MEC has teamed up with Parks Canada to help distribute its free 2017 Discovery Passes. The passes – which offer free admission to all Parks Canada’s National Parks, Historic Sites and Marine Conservation areas – will be available at every MEC store’s Member Services Desk from Monday, February 13.
MEC has a longstanding partnership with Parks Canada. In 2011 we developed a national Learn to Camp initiative. The program is focused on overcoming barriers to camping and spending time in the outdoors and is especially popular with new Canadians.
An MEC classic and a time-proven member favourite. Main fabric is 1000-denier high tenacity polyester with polyurethane coating for water resistance. It's one of the toughest bags we've ever made, hands down.
Organize your stuff and save space with durable lightweight stuff sacks.
Keep the contents of your luggage organized and wrinkle-free with this MEC package of three lightweight packing cubes. They are also useful for keeping shoes and dirty laundry separate from the clean stuff.
Mesh sacks are useful for damp stuff, and can pull double duty as a bag to bring to the market.
The polyester fabric is lamined to keep out rain or water if your duffle gets dunked.
Unstrapped from the rack of a Land Rover, tossed into a chopper, and then splashed on to the sloshy floor of a Zodiac. It's just another day for this expedition dry bag. The rectangular shape makes it stable and stackable, and means you don’t have to burrow to the bottom of a tube for your camera.
Tough enough to endure brutal baggage handling. Fabric is rugged nylon, polyurethane coated for durability and waterproofness. Fabric is waterproof 500-denier nylon tarpaulin, coated in polyurethane. Lined in 200-denier PU-coated nylon for extra water-stoppage.
Light and compact, this duffle can be folded down to fit inside its own pocket. Great for bringing back souvenirs. It also works for organizing your gear closet or carrying your stuff to the gym. Bottom is reinforced with durable 200-denier oxford nylon rubber.
The women’s specific design has a hipbelt, back panel and shoulder straps shaped for a women’s body and matched to torso and hip ratios. Removable 16.5L day pack has padded back panel and shoulder straps.
Quality, thoughtfully-made day hiking pack.
With Garmin’s excellent (and free) Connect app, you can set up live tracking to let friends or family see where you are in real time. Low-tech options always available.
MEC LUPIN SHIRT: This unassuming hiking shirt has all the technical characteristics you need – breathable, moisture wicking, sun protection and quick dry – in a lightweight package that doesn't look out of place in the city.
MEC SPARROWGRASS SOLID SHORT-SLEEVED TOP: Made from a wicking blend of recycled polyester, merino wool and spandex. Antimicrobial finish reduces the number of trips you need to make to the laundro-mat when travelling. Fabric provides a UPF 20 rating.
MEC OVERLOOK SHIRT: Wear it hiking or pair it with jeans for laid back moments. The casual chambray style conceals its technical features: wicking, quick-dry, breathable, UV-rated and light.
MEC FALCON SHORT SLEEVED CREW: Made from a win-win-win combo of recycled polyester, merino wool and spandex. Material moves well, wicks great and is treated with a silver-ion antimicrobial finish. Fabric provides a UPF 20 rating.
Raised in Toronto, Bruce ditched a routine life upon graduating from Engineering Physics. In the decades since, he’s traveled to 80 countries and amassed over 2000 expedition days; crossing Arabia by camel, traversing the Caucasus by horse, and descending the Blue Nile Gorge by raft. Bruce’s focus (and joy) remains human-powered journeys through remote wilderness regions – often with his young family in tow.