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Why locals love it
This Canadian retailer offers high quality outdoor gear and clothing at reasonable prices. You'll find everything you need to enjoy the mountains and forests around Calgary, whether you're camping, cycling, hiking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing,skiing or show-shoeing.
Why you should visit it
The staff are all avid outdoorsy types who really know there stuff, so they can offer sound advice. You'll find clothing for travel and outdoor pursuits in all types of weather and a selection of guidebooks and trail guides to help you explore the area around Calgary.
You'll need to buy a $5 lifetime membership, but you'll save more than that if you buy anything substantial. MEC has locations in other cities.