On any given day in King West you’ll find area residents going for an after work run, taking their bike along for their weekend errands, or heading to a number of the nearby fitness studios and gyms to let off some steam and work up a sweat. It’s such an active and adventurous community that it’s no wonder Mountain Equipment Co-op chose to set up its flagship Toronto store on the King West strip more than 15 years ago, and Patagonia a bit further down the street.
Mountain Equipment Co-op
The King WestMountain Equipment Co-op, or MEC as it's known to outdoor lovers and environmentally conscious shoppers, calls home to the north side of King Street West between Peter and Charlotte Street, and carries leading brands such as Ghost Bikes, New Balance, Nike, Vibram and Castelli to help the King Blue community achieve their fitness and activity goals.
Many of the goods carries at MEC have been produced to emphasize a low environmental impact. Even the building is designed with the environment at the forefront with a remarkable 10,000 square foot sustainable green roof. MEC designers and product testers live and breathe the products they design, putting equipment through its paces with everything from mountain climbs and triathlons to weekend bike rides through Toronto's cycling trails and camping trips in Ontario Parks.
MEC's Green Roof on King Street in Toronto. Photo by Jackman Chiu.