Outside is the best side

Next up: Think Outside Summits (Toronto and Montreal)

MEC Outdoor Nation bridges the gap between liking it and doing it.

Van life, ski trips, bike rides, mountaintop sunrises, river surfing, camp-outs. If the rad stuff you’re dreaming of doing is just out of reach due to hectic schedules, limited funds or not knowing where to start, we feel you. That’s why we’re making it impossible for you to bail. 

Through our network of collaborators, we’re hosting stellar events across Canada. Plus we’re funding community projects to get more people outside and linking up our online community so you can make it happen.

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what's happening
Want to get outside and meet other fun people?
collaborators
Link up with entrepreneurs and
organizations across the country who are passionate about getting outside.
Your projects
Have a great idea to get people like you outside? Apply for funding and make it happen.

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    stories from generation outside

    May 18, 2016

    CHASING SUNRISE: 36 HOURS IN THE UNKNOWN

    For Gurjeet, camping was just a cool thing he saw on TV – until this adventure into the woods.

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    May 24, 2016

    Why We Go Outdoors

    For the outdoorsy ones, the dirtbags, the nature lovers and fitness freaks.

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    May 18, 2016

    17 Weird Ways to Train for an Obstacle Course

    How do you get ready to climb a warped wall or dodge swinging heavy bags?

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    May 12, 2016

    Vancouver to Ottawa: Finding Adventure At Every
    Turn

    5 days, 5500km with the Chasing Sunrise crew.

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    what's happening

    SEPT
    24-25
    Evergreen Brick Works

    Think Outside Summit

    Do you have an awesome idea to get more people outside? Are you a leader in your community? Bring your ideas to life with input from a panel of experts, and build a network of like-minded friends at Think Outside Summit, hosted by MEC Outdoor Nation.

    Event Details
    AUG
    06
    Snake Island on Toronto Islands

    CASTAWAY: A day camp with Surf the Greats and MEC Outdoor Nation

    Join Surf the Greats and MEC Outdoor Nation for a free beach clean-up day that includes beach yoga, paddleboarding, and live music.

    event details
    OCt
    1-2
    Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville

    Think Outside Summit

    Do you have an awesome idea to get more people outside? Are you a leader in your community? Bring your ideas to life with input from a panel of experts, and build a network of like-minded friends at Think Outside Summit, hosted by MEC Outdoor Nation.

    Event Details
    JUL
    30
    Vallée Bras-du-Nord

    Women’s Mountain Biking Initiation

    Join Les Chèvres de Montagne in this women’s only riding clinic. Develop (or learn) 
    riding skills, meet new friends, and check out the community vibe. Don’t have a mountain bike? Register with a rental option.

    REGISTER NOW
    AUG
    06
    Baie de Beauport

    Women’s SUP Adventure

    Join Les Chèvres de Montagne for a women’s only all-day SUP hangout. Paddle the St. Lawrence River with a bunch of rad women. Board and safety equipment included.

    register now
    AUG 21 - SEPT 25
    L'Accroché – Centre d'escalade

    Women’s Climbing Club 6-Week Send Clinic

    Join Les Chèvres de Montagne for a women’s only immersive 6-week climbing clinic that takes you from indoor newbie to outdoor aficionado. Through 50/50 indoor/outdoor training, you’ll learn top rope and lead climbing techniques.

    REGISTER NOW
    sept
    3-4
    Camp Kéno

    Women’s Canoe and Camp Weekend

    Join Chèvres de Montagne and MEC Outdoor Nation for a weekend paddle and pitch with 50 outdoorsy women. First time camping or canoeing? Great! Can’t wait to see you there.

    Register now

    We’re working out the details on some awesome events – check back soon!

    We’re working out the details on some awesome events – check back soon!

    Collaborators

    Team up with our amazing community of collaborators to hike, surf, camp and get outside more often.

    Eastern Canada

    Toronto

    Surf the Greats

    Committed to building a strong surf community around the Great Lakes and beyond. They provide workshops on wave forecasting and SUP and surf safaris in and around Toronto.

    more info
    Toronto

    CultureLink

    This settlement organization has partnered with Outdoor Nation to help new Canadians find fun, free outdoor activities in and around Toronto – and to connect with their new communities.

    more info
    Montreal

    Les Chèvres de Montagne

    A group of outdoorsy females that’s passionate about getting more women active outside. They host various outdoor events for everyone, from those brand new to activities to dedicated climbers, campers and more who want to grow their skill set.

    more info

    Western Canada

    Vancouver

    Chasing Sunrise

    This crew wants more out of life – more experiences, more adventures, more mind-blowing memories. They host a amazing events like sunrise hikes, secret camp-outs and yoga sessions, and regularly team up with MEC Outdoor Nation.

    more info
    Vancouver

    Urban Native Youth Association

    As Metro Vancouver’s only Native youth program,  UNYA provides over 21 programs for Native youth. MEC Outdoor Nation and UNYA work together to get more young adults outside and active in Vancouver and beyond.

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    projects

    It can be hard to get out there (and easy to default to the couch). But you’re serious about change, and so are we.

    If you have a great idea to get a bigger, more diverse crew outside,
    we want to hear about it. We might even fund it. Gear donations are available (up to $300 in retail value), or you can get support via rental gear if you don’t need items on an ongoing basis.

    Your project must:

    • Get new people in your generation active and outside in a unique and creative way

    • Be activated and accomplished within one year of the application date in Canada

    • Come from an organization (non-government) – we can’t give donations to individuals

    • Not support or require illegal activity

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    get in touch

    If you have a great idea for a collaboration or want to get involved, then we’d love to hear from you.

    Contact

    Elyse Curley
    MEC Outdoor Nation Coordinator
    604.707.2355 or outdoornation@mec.ca