Support Your Local Climbing Shop During Coronavirus

As we all focus on staying home, be sure to support your local gear stores by shopping online

April 4th, 2020 by | Posted in Gear, Hardware, News |

Now that the coronavirus covid-19 outbreak has caused the temporary closure of most stores and businesses across Canada, it’s more important than ever to support your local climbing shop. While we can’t go shopping in person, we can still shop online to help ensure that as many of those retailers as possible will be able to re-open when life returns to normal. 

Small gestures like purchasing something, anything, from your local shop will give them a better shot at making it through this global health crisis.

If you’re well-stocked for gear for now but still want to help, consider buying a gift card to help out your local climbing shop. Consider it an investment for the future, when you will inevitably need a shoe upgrade, and every little bit helps. These stores have always been there for climbers and now it’s our chance to return the favour.

Below are just a few of the many climbing shops in Canada to support. If there are no local climbing shops in your area, then be sure to support bigger stores that keep a supply of climbing and outdoor gear. Stay close to home, stay safe and support front line workers however you can.

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In an effort to reduce the spread of #COVID19 and reduce risks to employees and visitors, MEC's partner Parks Canada (@parks.canada ) is temporarily suspending all motor vehicle access by visitors at all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, until further notice. All visitor services remain suspended and all visitor facilities remain closed. This means that all parking lots, vehicle services, washrooms, day use facilities, showers, visitor centres, and camping facilities, including oTENTiks, yurts and backcountry camping are closed until further notice. Many trails and day use areas across the Parks Canada network are also closed for public health or public safety reasons, to protect ecological or cultural resources, to protect the health and safety of employees, or due to limited availability of search and rescue response. Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open. Parks Canada will limit its activities to basic critical operations. Check out Parks Canada's website for the latest news. Take this opportunity to explore your local area, but remember to follow local health authority regulations and practice social distancing.

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