Next up: Think Outside Summits (Toronto and Montreal)

MEC Outdoor Nation is about getting more young Canadians active outside

We want you to do the outdoors your way. Try surfing. Go on a sunrise hike. Join a group camp-out. Pitch us a brilliant idea. Become an outdoor entrepreneur. Through our network of partners and collaborators, we’re hosting unforgettable events across Canada, funding community projects and linking up our followers for anyone-can-do-it activities.

think outside summits
Make an impact, connect communities and inspire people. Pitch your project here.
collaborators
Get fired up by these free thinkers and soul seekers who are defying the get-active status
quo.
funding
Fuel outdoor dreams with gear, grants, rental support and gift cards from MEC Outdoor Nation.

what's happening

Sept
22–24

Toronto Think Outside Summit

Ontario Place
Do you have an idea to get your generation outside? Bring your ideas to life at this off-the-charts passionate, collaborative and inspiring weekend.
Applications closed
Sept
10
Hosted by Surf the Greats

Castaway 2

Bluffer's Sand Beach, Scarborough, ON
A fun day at the beach with a beach clean up and every activity imaginable to get you moving and grooving! Get in the water with surf clinics, try some new movements at our Ginástica Natural workshop, play some Frisbee, test your balance slacklining, or have a picnic on the beach.
REGISTRATION OPEN SOON
SEPT 29
–OCT 1

Montreal Think Outside Summit

RécréoParc
Do you have an idea to get your generation outside? Bring your ideas to life at this off-the-charts passionate, collaborative and inspiring weekend.
applications closed
SUNdays
FROM JULY 2–23
Hosted by Les Chèvres de Montagne

Climbling Club

L'Accroché Climbing Centre
Ready to flash some problems and lock in your power sound? This indoor climbing clinic is for people looking to get into climbing or wanting to ramp up their skills.
SIGN UP
july
29–30
Hosted by Les Chèvres de Montagne

Hike-in camping weekend

Monts-Valin National Park (Sépaq)
This fun, hike-in camping weekend for women includes running clinics, group picnics and hanging out around the campfire.
SIGN UP
aug
12

Plein Air Interculturel at Montreal Eau vive Festival

Kayak Sans Frontières
Newcomers to Canada will venture out for a day of paddling on the Saint-Lawrence River with Eau vive Québec, Canoe and Kayak federation and MEC. Rafting is available too through Montreal Rafting and MEC.
cLOSED EVENT
aug
18–20
Hosted by Voyage Grand V

Canoe camping weekend

Poisson Blanc Regional Park
Paddle out and pitch your tent under the stars. This overnight camping weekend includes canoe rental, tents and luggage transfer.
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aug
12–13
Hosted by Les Chèvres de Montagne

Rock Climbling Weekend

Le Racoin Café, camping, Saint-Germain
Head out to Saint-Germain and put your climbing skills to the test in the great outdoors. Hang out at the campground in between sessions.
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oct
13–15

Vancouver Think Outside Summit

The Cheakamus Centre, Squamish
o you have an idea to get your generation outside? Bring your ideas to life at this off-the-charts passionate, collaborative and inspiring weekend.
applications closed
weekly,
mostly
sundays
Hosted by Chasing Sunrise

Sunday School

Changes every week
Ready to make getting up and getting after it part of your weekly routine? Join the Chasing Sunrise crew as they float in glacial lakes, hike trails and finish the morning with brunch.
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Stories from MEC Nation

May 11, 2017

6 amazing outdoor projects debuting in 2017

One-of-a-kind ways to get outside from the 2016 Think Outside Summits.

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May 11, 2017

7 WAYS TO CAMP AND HIKE RESPONSIBLY

Find out how to keep the outdoors awesome from our Leave No Trace expert.

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May 2, 2017

OUTDOOR FESTIVAL CAMPING CHECKLIST

Don't forget your headlamp... or your camp chairs, Aeropress, speakers and more.

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April 27, 2017

THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF JOINING A CLUB

Get inspired by twin sisters who went from 1 km to a tri in just a few years.

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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