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About Columbia

For over a century, Columbia has built a rich tradition of quality craftsmanship, innovative products and trusted service. Originating as a manufacturer of bicycles, the Columbia brand has leveraged its deep roots in manufacturing expertise to produce best-in-class outdoor power products for residential lawn care, cultivation, chore and snow removal.

We challenge ourselves to build high-performing and reliable equipment that will stand the test of time, allowing you to get more enjoyment out of your property.

When you purchase any of our products, you are supported by Canada’s trusted outdoor power equipment service network. The Canadian Guarantee not only offers easy-to-find replacement parts, it also provides valuable services like bilingual customer service, and over 1100 independent and service dealers coast to coast.

 
1877

Colonel Albert Augustus Pope founds what will become Columbia Manufacturing Company in Boston, Massachusetts.

1878 - 1900

Columbia sets the standard for bicycle production, modernized manufacturing processes and produces over 50 models of bicycles known for their quality construction, innovation and gains the distinction of being America’s First Bicycle.

1901 - 1951

The company increases manufacturing capabilities and consolidates several bicycle manufacturers underneath the Columbia name.

1952

Tubular steel school furniture is produced to augment bicycle sales in the “off-season.”

1967

Columbia merges with MTD, a worldwide leader of outdoor power equipment with facilities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia producing equipment for both residential and commercial markets.

1970

Columbia/MTD begin manufacturing power equipment: snowmobiles, 133cc all-terrain motorbikes and the popular Mud Bug, a popular all-terrain vehicle that could be equipped with three wheels or snow skis for year round use.

1972

Designs and builds the first line of lawn and garden powered equipment for the Columbia brand sold throughout Canada.

1980’s and 90’s

Design and fabrication of Columbia products is refined and improved to meet the needs of single family homes. The slogan “The Service People” becomes synonymous with the service and quality of Columbia’s trusted dealers.

2000 - 2017

Columbia continues to expand its dealer network and innovative product lineup throughout North America featuring zero-turn mowers (including a first in class steering wheel model), three-stage snow throwers, new-platform yard tractors and rugged cultivators.

2018 - Today

With the introduction of the Columbia brand at the mass retail level, Columbia underwent a brand refresh ensuring its relevancy and ongoing success for future generations. Staying true to its heritage, the brand identity builds of a strong history of quality craftsmanship and innovative design to continue to bring best in class outdoor power equipment to Canadians across the country.