|PLACE: Jericho Sailing Centre (Click for Map)
LOCATION: Vancouver, B.C.
When I asked some of my local co-workers where I could pick up some hiking gear what do you think was the first place everyone said? If you guessed MEC you would be correct. I purchased my five dollar share with a crisp U.S. five spot, worth something like $7.50 at time (those were the days) and geared up for what was one of the best times of my young adult life.
Now flash forward 11 years. Creo is purchased by Kodak and one of the guys who was responsible for hiring me in 1997 (thanks Karim) decides to offer me a role here in what was the original Creo building on Gilmore in Burnaby. Thoughts of my lower mainland adventures spin in my head and the decision is a quick one. I drag my wife, daughter and two dogs across the continent and resettle in beautiful British Columbia. Once again, exploring is the primary directive only this time with my family, we need tents, hiking and camping gear and wouldn’t you know it I had saved that little paper card with my MEC membership which was still good. I yanked that sucker out of a file and have not looked back since.
With MEC such and integral part of my Vancouver experience, when I heard I had the opportunity to do a piece on the 2011 MEC Vancouver Paddlefest I was ecstatic.