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PostPosted: February 3rd, 2010, 9:02 am 
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I live in Poland and I plan to visit Vancouver and Smithers Area during Olympic Games. When i am in Canada I usually shop in Toronto in Mountain Equipment co op and surronding wilderness equipment shops. This time I plan to be in different city and i would like to ask people from the area where are the best places in Vancouver or Smithers ( I presume Smithers will be more expensvie, I want to avoid that) to do shopping. My aim is to buy good Canadian ( like Corel) winter shoes, tracking shoes, mats, tent, canoeing and mountaineering stuff. Also if you have any advice about top quality shoes brands in Canada it will be usefull? From my observation wilderness equipment offerd in Canada is the best quality and the best value in the world. That is why I want to use opportunity and supply some of the shortages in my closet.

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PostPosted: February 3rd, 2010, 9:17 am 
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The MEC Mother Ship is located in Vancouver, I do believe. :D

130 West Broadway - - Extended Olympics hours:
http://www.mec.ca/Main/content_text.jsp ... 5206264151

Other store locations:
http://www.mec.ca/Main/articles_main.js ... 5206245489

Hope you have a great time at the Olympics and your shopping excursion is successful.



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PostPosted: February 3rd, 2010, 12:11 pm 
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Sorry I meant Whistler.

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PostPosted: February 3rd, 2010, 1:31 pm 
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You wrote corel but I assume you meant

http://www.sorel.com/

Here are some stores that are in Van. I have dealt with the taiga and coast, but not valhalla:

https://www.taigaworks.ca/

http://www.coastmountain.com/cs/Satellite/CM/Page/Home

http://www.shop.vpo.ca/

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PostPosted: February 3rd, 2010, 3:04 pm 
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Hey Krzysztof, MEC is your best bet. Best service, selection, warranty, etc... It's where I spend my money. Big one downtown and a smaller one in North Vancouver.

All the other stores are located right beside the MEC if you need to shop around.

For Smithers you have Valhalla Pure and Outdoor Essentials as the two shops that can help you with outfitting. I recommend Valhalla.

If you meant Whistler instead of Smithers, then lookout!!! I would buy everything as far away from Whistler as possible. You'll be spending enough there anyway. :D

Enjoy your visit!


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PostPosted: February 3rd, 2010, 3:50 pm 
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I live in Smithers and would recommend Valhalla whole heartedly. They match MEC on name brands, so for some things this works well. If you are buying MEC house brands it is virtually impossible to beat them for price/quality.

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PostPosted: February 3rd, 2010, 4:07 pm 
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Canoeheadted wrote:
Valhalla Pure

Link to their site provided by Paddle Power in his post above..
http://www.shop.vpo.ca/

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Outdoor Essentials

http://www.bvoutdoors.com/storefront/default.aspx

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