Mountain Equipment Company Announces New Store Opening Soon in Ontario

May 15, 2024

Whitby and Durham County outdoor enthusiasts will soon have access to over 400 top outdoor brands under one new roof at the newest MEC store location opening in July.

VANCOUVER, B.C. — May 15, 2024 /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – Mountain Equipment Company (MEC), Canada’s most trusted outdoor retailer is set to open a new standalone store in Whitby this coming July. The new location will be situated at 1 – 1650 Victoria St East, at the Thickson Ridge Power Centre in Whitby and will offer a wide selection of top outdoor names like Patagonia, Salomon, fjällräven, Osprey, Hoka and Keen, as well as its much-loved in-house MEC label products.

“Whitby, is one of Canada’s fastest growing communities and offers year-round recreation via its parks and waterways, complemented by nearby Kawarthas Provincial Parks. It exemplifies the type of location MEC seeks to expand into,” explains MEC CEO, Peter Hlynsky. “When an MEC location moves in, surrounding businesses and local outdoor community thrives. MEC stands as a destination for outdoor enthusiasts drawing local community to the area for events as well as gear. We’re thrilled to be announcing our latest store opening here in July”.

The Whitby location will be MEC’s seventh standalone store in Ontario and becomes the retailers 23rd standalone location across Canada. It allows MEC to continue with its mission to make quality outdoor gear, expertise, and experiences accessible to people across Canada.

“I am very pleased that MEC is opening a Whitby location in July to serve our fast-growing community”, according to Elizabeth Roy, Mayor of the Town of Whitby. “We are known for our green spaces, including beautiful hiking and cycling trails, so it’s fitting to welcome a business that helps outdoor enthusiasts gear up for adventure. Whitby is already a community of choice for people to live, work, play, and invest. Every new business contributes to the dynamic energy of our town.”

The new 20,000 square foot retail space will feature a well curated assortment of top name outdoor brands along with a calendar of community events and clinics to support activities from camping, hiking, paddling, and climbing to cycling and snow sports. There will be a designated bike mechanic area and the store will be paired with expert staff offering advice and knowledge on both gear and activities.

“MEC isn’t just a workplace; it’s a community of likeminded passionate outdoor enthusiasts and our staff are essential to building and maintaining our community presence. Our instore events create a space to learn about activities people are passionate about. From instore clinics on choosing the right climbing shoes to bike maintenance 101, our staff are ready to support people gaining essential skills for their next outdoor adventure”, says Hlynsky.

Continually recognized as a top employer and one of Canada’s Greenest, MEC perks extend beyond the office, empowering staff to experience gear firsthand in the outdoors. This unique blend of workplace excellence and outdoor immersion is key to the MEC experience. The retailer is currently recruiting for a variety of positions at the new store including a dynamic and experienced General Manager. Join the team in Whitby and Durham region and be part of something extraordinary.

Follow @mec for upcoming news and events to support the grand opening in July.


Established in 1971, Mountain Equipment Company (MEC) is Canada’s go-to place for technical outdoor gear, know-how and inspiration. Combining high-quality apparel and equipment with expert advice and first-hand experience, MEC supports a wide range of activities including camping, snowsports, watersports, cycling, climbing, hiking, trail running and travel. For decades, MEC has been a strong backer of sustainability and community initiatives and has invested $48 million (and counting) into non-profit organizations that support outdoor recreation and conservation. For more information, visit www.mec.ca, follow @mec, or visit one of our stores in Canada. MEC does ship to the United States via its website.

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