Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)


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This giant store stocks virtually everything you require to be at one with the great outdoors, from camping and cycling gear to canoes and carbines. You need to be a member (it's $5 for a lifetime) but prices are a fraction of what you would pay in most other countries. Staff are knowledgeable and there's an invaluable noticeboard with used items for sale and people looking for trip companions.

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Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) details

130 W Broadway,
between Manitoba & Columbia Streets,
West Side

Area Vancouver

Transport Bus 9, 99.

Telephone 604 872 7858

Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) website

Open June-Aug 10am-9pm Mon-Fri; 9am-6pm Sat; 11am-5pm Sun. Sept-May 10am-7pm Mon-Wed; 10am-9pm Thur, Fri; 9am-6pm Sat; 11am-5pm Sun.

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By Mec Member - Aug 31 2015

If by 'carbines' you mean 'carbon hiking poles'...

MEC does not sell hunting rifles or guns of any kind, quads, or fishing gear. Those activities do not fall within the co-op's wheel house.

What it does offer is gear to get active outside that falls in a range from casual to really wonderfully technical. Hiking and climbing, camping (from car-camping to ultralight treks), mountaineering, marine sports, all kinds of skiing and snowshoeing options, running gear, bikes and cycling parts, and various survival gear. We've also been getting yoga gear and more casual accessories to draw in people who might not be outdoorsy to begin with.

There's a lot of us who aren't big fans of the casual route the co-op's been taking, as it may one day mean that you will see carbines locked in the back of the store, but I think that the majority of our membership would prefer that not to be the case, and I think (I hope at least) our recent board of directors has been using the funds gained from the massive casual sales to fuel the core activities that MEC is known for.

It's a great store, and a good chain in general. It's geared to certain gear, however, so if you're looking to go hunting or fishing or collecting anything more than utility knives with a lot of flair, you'll want to look at specialty stores.