Mountain Equipment Co-op
Well we believe this to be a match made in heaven, trail heaven that is. The Mountain Equipment Co-operative has come on-board in support of the Ontario Trails Council and we are grateful.
The people of the MEC are the people that use Ontario's trails. Our relationship will provide better information on all of Ontario's trails while promoting use, Active 2010 programs, and a better inventory of trails.
About Mountain Equipment Co-op
MEC was conceived by a small group of Canadian climbers who wanted a place to buy gear not carried by conventional retailers: gear for mountaineering, rock climbing, ski touring, and hiking. In August 1971, these six initial members founded Mountain Equipment Co-op.
Directed by the members, MEC fulfills its core purpose – to help people enjoy the benefits of self-propelled wilderness-oriented recreation. We do that by selling outdoor gear, clothing, and services.
A co-operative is a democratically owned business structure in which members pool their resources to obtain a benefit. At MEC, members use their shared purchasing power to obtain goods and services for outdoor activities. Anyone can join MEC by buying a $5 membership share. Your share allows you to make purchases and vote on how the Co-op is governed.
MEC is the largest retail co-operative in Canada and demonstrates what can be done through collective democratic ownership. Our commitment to green building, community grants, ethical purchasing, product sustainability, and promotion of Canada-wide parks and protected areas demonstrates the best of what business can be in our society.