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Mountain Equipment Co-Op

Hot Shopping: Fashionable Cycling with the Bobbin Birdie

The Bobbin Birdie in robin's egg blue. Photo: Bobbin Bicycles.

The Bobbin Birdie in robin’s egg blue. Photo: Bobbin Bicycles.


Whether enjoying Calgary’s beautiful bike paths or making an urban commute, do so in style with the Bobbin Birdie.

This cute upright bike combines vintage with modern esthetics and is reminiscent of the city bikes typically ridden in the cycling-friendly city of Amsterdam. The UK-based company manufactures several styles of trendy bicycles (more…)

Staff Picks: 10 Shops for Skiers and Boarders

Photo by Skistar Trysil

Whether you ski downhill or cross-country, or if you prefer to slide the slopes on a single plank, these ski and board shops will outfit you with the equipment, outerwear and accessories you need for a day of dashing through the snow.

Bikes & Boards
When you want to carve up a snowy mountainside and look good doing it, this Sporting Life-branded store is the place to gear up. Find snowboards, boots and bindings, as well as stylish jackets and goggles from brands like Burton, Volcom and Salomon. 2454 Yonge St., 416-485-4440.

Thanks to a staff that’s knowledgeable and passionate about all sports involving a board of some kind, you’re sure to find the right snowboard to suit your riding style and skill level. Arbor, Drake and Flow are just a few of the cool brands kept in stock. 2010 Yonge St., 416-485-9463.

Hogtown Extreme Sports
Everything you need to snowboard—aside from the slanted, snow-swept plot of land—is available at this store. Naturally, there are snowboards aplenty, as well as a fine selection of boots, jackets, pants, helmets and board bags. Waxing and sharpening services are also offered. 401 King St. W., 416-598-4192.

Kenmark Snowsports
The jaunt north to Richmond Hill is worth it to reach this 6,000-square-foot repository for skis, snowboards and more. Since 1980 is winter-loving staff have been recommending all the right equipment for your slippery escapades, from brands like Dakine, Spyder, Rossignol and Marmot. 10720 Yonge St., 905-883-5586.

Mountain Equipment Co-Op
Recreational and expert cross-country skiers alike head to this venerable outdoor store to find all the equipment they need for a day in the snow—from skis and poles to jackets and backpacks, and even sleeping bags if you’re planning a longer backcountry journey. If you’re wary of commitment, MEC offers ski and snowshoe rentals, too. 400 King St. W., 416-340-2667.


You Are Here: King Street West

Hallowed performance halls are the main attraction on this strip, but a variety of shops and restaurants entice visitors to stick around regardless of show time.

Roy Thomson Hall is neighbourhood landmark (photo by Neill Sturgess)

GEAR UP! A supply haven for almost every outdoor activity, Vancouver’s Mountain Equipment Co-Op has been in Toronto since 1985. The member-owned retailer sells gear for climbing, hiking, camping and more, plus ruggedly stylish apparel for men and women. The company also taps into community spirit by offering courses and events for active-living enthusiasts. (more…)