Canadian camera stores - Alberta and British Columbia ?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Mike, Aug 29, 2003.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest


    I'm coming/going over to Canada in a few weeks time to shoot the Canadian
    Rockies, and local wildlife.

    While I'm over I wouldn't mind taking advantage of the UK £ to Canadian $
    rate and the less expensive equipment...

    Can anyone suggest any great stores in Victoria and Vancouver, and also
    around or between Banff, Jasper and Tofino ? I'm specifically looking for:

    Lee Filters
    Compact Flash cards
    A Smartdisk Flashtrax or similar HD storage device
    Canon EOS/AF equipment (used or new)

    Many thanks

    Mike, Aug 29, 2003
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  2. There's a good branch of Lens & Shutter in Victoria/ Also, for used
    equipment look in at Broad Street Cameras.
    Mike O'Sullivan, Aug 29, 2003
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  3. If you get to Calgary (1.5 hrs from Banff), ya GOTTA check out Vintage
    Visuals for used. It's on 16th Ave, which actually is the trans-canada
    highway. ( It runs through Calgary.)

    Vistek is great for new. Good lab there too if you want to develop
    before going back home.

    jim h


    More than photographs: free downloads, prizes, a bit of humour...
    Jim Hutchison, Aug 29, 2003
  4. Mike

    Mike Guest


    Hi and thanks. I actually land in Calgary at 16:00 and then have to pick up
    a hire car - but it will be after a 14 hour flight, and I'm not sure the
    wife will want to step out of the airport and head straight downtown :-(

    I might try though...

    Thanks again
    Mike, Aug 29, 2003
  5. Lens & Shutter, 615 Fort Street, Victoria.

    Broad Street Cameras & repairs, Broad Street (unsurprisingly), Victoria.
    very helpful store, just a few yards from Lens & Shutter.
    Mike O'Sullivan, Aug 30, 2003
  6. Mike

    VZ Guest

    I wouldn't even consider shopping for equipment in Banff or Jasper - those
    towns are tourist traps.
    Tofino is actually a remote village with population of about a 1,000, you
    can buy only film and batteries there.
    By shopping in Alberta you can save a few bucks on the sales tax (7% vs.
    something like 12 or 14 in British Columbia), so Calgary is pretty much your
    only choice. Smaller camera stores usually close around 6 pm, but if you're
    looking for flash cards and such you can go to a Futureshop or BestBuy,
    which are open until 9 pm. Actually, I think Futureshop sells film Canons
    and lenses, although it's mainly a home electronics store.
    Check out for store locations.
    VZ, Sep 1, 2003
  7. Mike

    James Guest

    If you are in Calgary, don't forget the big big Vistek camera store. There
    are only two Vistek store in Canada, one in downtown Toronto and the other
    in Calgary.

    1231 10th Ave. SW.
    Calgary, Alberta T3C 0J3
    Tel: (403) 244-0333 or 1-800-561-0333
    Fax: (403) 245-1662

    James, Sep 7, 2003
  8. Mike

    Mike Guest


    Thanks very much for all of your responses. I'll see what I can do in
    Calgary, and then look around in Vancouver and Victoria.


    Mike, Sep 9, 2003
  9. Hi Mike. Sorry I can't add to what others have already said, except to
    mention, in regard to what Vlad rightly said about taxes, that you may
    not have to pay _any_ tax if you indicate that the items are for export
    [you're taking them back with you :)]--I'm not sure about this, but it
    doesn't hurt to inquire. Wish you a great visit--enjoy the spectacular
    Rockies. There's always an abundance of wildlife here.
    Just Another Joe, Sep 14, 2003
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