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If you’re craving adventure, but can’t actually manage to get out of dodge and find it, just follow your compass to MEC and spend an hour there. The outdoorsy plans, goals and daydreams that can come out of this place are pretty endless. The west coast born adventure store got its start in 1971 thanks to a group of mountaineering entrepreneurs, and has since opened stores across the country—including Halifax’s double-decker store—selling gear and apparel for climbing, hiking, camping, yoga, canoeing, kayaking and running. Before you pick a spot on the map, suit up with the experts.

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