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Old 10-16-2008, 09:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking Canadian Online Snowboard Retailers (E-tailers) Guide

Hi guys. Decided to write this out to help people find snowboarding gear online, but happen to live in Canada (or for you Americans that just want a taste of what Canada has to offer, we aren't all maple syrup, Tim Hortons and beaver, ya know. )

Please feel free to post if I missed anything.

SCROLL TO NEXT POST FOR PACKAGE FORWARDING INFO.

I've only listed actual e-tailer retailer shops with a checkout system (not just advertisement websites), and with a decent amount of products, I found a few stores with like 1 or 2 snowboards so I didn't bother adding those.

I advocate of course buying products from your local store, but sometimes they don't carry what you realllly want, or their prices are rather inflated.

Note: This is by no means a review since I haven't (in most cases) yet ordered anything from these retailers, this is just a listing of what I've found. Also I am just listing the brands of snowboards they carry not everything else since I don't want to take up 20 pages. I've also listed the location so you'll know if you'll have to pay PST.*

*Irrelevant now for some provinces who have HST.

Online Snowboard Retailers located in Canada

Alternative 113

Location

Quebec (Site may show in French, if you can't read French click the English link at the top)

Alternative 113

Sale page

Snowboard Brands

Burton
Coalition
Capita
Endeavor
Forum
Jones
K2
Libtech
Rome
Salomon
Nitro
Restricted (Burton)
Ride
Rome
Roxy
Stepchild
Technine
YES


Some other brands mixed in that are left over.

Shipping Comments

Free Fedex shipping on orders over $75 CND

Product in clearance (40% off and more) cannot take advantage of the free shipping promotion

Good experience, bought a board and bindings here.

Other Comments

I love this place for their clearance section. They always have a promotion going on as well (like, buy a jacket, get an underlayer free type thing)

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thinkEmpire

Location

Quebec

Skateboards, Snowboards, Shoes, Streetwear and Urban Fashion | Empire Online Skate & Snowboard Shop

Sale Page

Snowboard Brands

Bataleon
Burton
Capita
DC
Forum
Gnu
Libtech
Nitro
Omega
Ride
Rome
Roxy
Signal
Step Child
Technine

Shipping Comments

Another store I see advertised a lot including here. Free shipping in Canada over $94 purchase.. but lots of exclusions, if you have a sale item in your basket its a no go on the free shipping. Their express shipping however is Fedex and extremely fast!
Empire offers international shipping by Fedex to a number of international countries.

Other Comments

"Trendy" shop, lots of brand name stuff and some decent sale prices.. seems higher priced overall though.

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The Source Board Shop

Location

Alberta

http://www.sourceboards.com

Sale page

Snowboard Brands

Burton
Capita
Dinosaurs will die
Forum
Lib Tech
Rome
Roxy
Gnu
Ride
Roxy
Yes.


Shipping Comments

Free shipping in Canada on orders over $100 in Canada and no PST.

Other Comments

NooOooOOo they went to a flash intro website.. (personal pet peeve) Seems solid however.

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Alter Ego Sports

Location

Manitoba

Http://alteregosports.com

Sale Page*

Snowboard Brands

Drake
K2
Never Summer
Ride
Rossignol


Shipping Comments

$5 Shipping on orders over $100 (snowboards not included ) Otherwise they offer Canada Post Expedited.

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Xtreme Adrenaline Board Shop

Location

Saskatchewan

Http://xtreme-adrenaline.com

Sale Page

Snowboard Brands

Lobster
Technine
Bataleon
Class Five
Ride
Rome
Capita
Stepchild
Never Summer
Dinosaurs Will Die


Shipping Comments

Free shipping to US AND Canada on orders over $100, no restriction on boards!

Other Comments

New website which is kind of buggy at the moment.

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The Board Room

British Columbia

Http://www.boardroomshop.com

Sale Page

Snowboard Brands

Capita
Endeavour
Flow
Forum
Gnu
Libtech
Never Summer
Ride
Rossignol
Technine
Stepchild


Shipping Comments

Free shipping on orders over $99. Ordered a new NS snowboard and binders on sale from here, no restrictions on free shipping and stuff came fast no probs via Purolator.

Other Comments

They also seem to have a location in Washington.

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Prior Snowboards

Location

Whistler, BC

Http://www.priorsnowboards.com

Snowboard Brands

Prior

Shipping Comments

Snowboard Shipping is $28 CND via Fedex Ground when ordering online. Free shipping on clothing and discount shipping on accessories with purchase of a snowboard.

Other Comments

Their boards are extremely customizable, you can get custom graphics, even a board custom made for you.

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Hustler Snowboards

Location

Ontario

Http://www.hustlersnowboards.com

Sale Page

Snowboard Brands

Burton
Capita
Endeavor
Forum
Ride
Rome
Stepchild


Shipping Comments

Free shipping on orders over $100 via UPS.

Other Comments

Website has expanded, looks much better now!

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The Board Shop

Location

Ontario

Http://www.theboardshoponline.com

Snowboard Brands

Burton
Capita
Forum
Ride
Salomon
Yes.


Shipping Comments

Looks like shipping is about 28$ for UPS ground

Other Comments

New website

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Island Snow Online Shop

Location

Kelowna, BC

Http://www.islandsnow.ca

Sale Page

Snowboard Brands

Burton
Forum
Gnu
Libtech
Nomis
Roxy
Salomon
Stepchild


Shipping Comments

Seems shipping is free over a certain price (I tried to checkout a snowboard to test) but it's not listed on the site!

Other Comments

Looks like they have expanded their online shop this season.

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Fresh Air Experience

Location

Kelowna, BC

Http://www.freshair.ca

Sale Page

Snowboard Brands

K2
Rossignol
Salomon
Burton


Shipping Comments

Shipping about $20 for a board.

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Canadian Cartel

Location

Misson, British Columbia

Http://www.canadiancartel.com

Snowboard Brands

Various


Shipping

Quoted me $29.99 shipping on a board

Other Comments

This is a new site that you have to sign up for in order to see the deals (it's just a log-in name/password thing).
They act kind of like a Canadian version of steep and cheap (actually they are exactly like "The Clymb" except the sales go for much longer and include multiple items.
Looks like they sell last years models at discounts.
I compared the prices of current snowboard sales to American prices and they are about on par.

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Sportchek

Location

Everywhere

Http://www.SportChek.ca

Snowboard Brands

Burton
Ride
K2
Firefly
Sims


Shipping

Save 10% on whole order and free shipping > $150 on now.

Other Comments

Big box store that also sells online. They carry low end stuff and a few higher end models.


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Freeride Board Shop

Location

BC, Okanagan

Http://www.freerideBoardshop.com
Sale Page

Snowboard Brands


#Lobster
Bataleon
Flow
Forum
Never Summer
Stepchild
Technine
YES


Shipping Comments

Shipping for a board quoted me $20


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True Snowboards

Location

British Columbia

Http://www.truesnowboards.com

Snowboard Brands

True (A U.K. based brand)

Shipping Comments

$37cdn within Canada via Canada Post shipped from BC
$37usd within the USA via USPS shipped from Wa = we import for you, no brokerage fees!
$0 for all snowboardingforum.com members, same shipping methods as above. 8)

Other Comments

Company based in U.K. but imported to Canada .. good shipping deal

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Meltdown Snowboard Shop

Location

Ontario

Http://www.meltdownonline.com

Sales Page

Snowboard Brands

Burton
Forum
Gnu
Libtech
Nitro
Ride
Rome


Shipping Comments

UPS and Canada Post shipping

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Surf Paradise

Location

Ontario

http://surfparadise.com

Sales Page

Snowboard Brands

Burton
Libtech
Ride
K2
Arbor


Shipping Comments

Free shipping on orders over $75

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Axis Boutique

Location

Quebec

http://shop.axisboutique.com/

Sales Page

Snowboard Brands

Rome
K2
Couple other single boards


Shipping Comments

Free shipping on orders over $75

Other Comments

Site is francophone with english

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Using a package receiving service


Note: there are lots of e-tailers in the US that ship to Canada and have many brands. Due to certain retailer agreements some shops won't ship certain brands to Canada. There is a way around this, it is called using a "package receiver". This involves having your package shipped to the receiver company's US address and either having them forward the package to you or you cross the border and pick it up yourself.


Why should I use a package receiver?

1) You want something small but shipping is high. This happens a lot with the "one deal at a time" places. Say you want some goggles, sunglasses and a hoodie. You can combine shipping on whiskeymilitia, steep and cheap etc. and get the stuff shipped to your receiver. Then you can get the receiver to ship it to you USPS and sometimes avoid the taxes and high shipping costs. Another way to swing this is the fact that 99% of American retailers offer free shipping at some point. So, if you get your stuff shipped to the receiver for free then get the receiver to forward the goods you only have to pay one shipping cost + the receiver fee.

2) You want something big, like a snowboard. In this case I get it shipped to the receiver and then go pick it up myself. Info on doing that below.

3) You want a whole heap of items, or do a "group buy" for friends at the same time and cross the border, pick it up and self clear it.

4) You have to use common sense, add up your gas money, taxes and the shipping and receiving fees so you know if it is really worth it, for me it is for certain things.

How do I bring items back across the border?

1) You need a passport or enhanced driver's license to cross the border. An enhanced license is really easy to get, takes about a week from the appointment to getting it in the mail.

2) BRING ALL RECEIPTS WITH YOU. Don't rely on the retailer packing slips, sometimes they forget.

3) When you get to the receiver's office you will have to pay the package holding fees, these are usually about $4-5/package, some places offer bulk discounts. I always open the packages in case the border dudes want to see inside.

3) Tell the border patrol the truth. When you go through to the US just say you are picking up goods from receiver X and coming right back.
If you stay in the states for a few days you are eligible to a certain amount of goods, or else you may have to pay all duty and taxes. When heading back into Canada just tell the truth again, that you picked up packages from a package receiver and have the receipts ready. They usually ask you what the total value of the items are, so have that tally in mind.
You will have to park, and go inside. Once you show the receipts you pay maybe duty and always taxes (most of the time I have not had to pay any duty, just depends on the person and the receipts really). Then they send you on your way!

What are some package receivers I can use?


There are a LOT of them, just google to see what is close to you. Here are some close in BC.

www.hagensofblaine.com
Pickup only. $5.00 a package. Closest to Vancouver, located in Blaine, Wa.

http://www.packageexpress.com
My favorite, located in Sumas, Wa. They forward packages via USPS up to a certain weight. You must register with them and get a customer number and put that in your addresses.

http://www.myshiphappens.com
Locations in Sumas and Oroville (Oroville is nearest to the Okanagan/Kootenays).
They don't forward packages. Just need name and address to use the service.

http://www.bettasservices.com
Located in Oroville. Does not forward packages. Sign up with name/phone number.

http://tsbshipping.com/services.htm
Located in Point Roberts, Wa. Pickup only.

http://www.thelettercarrier.com/services
Located in Point Roberts, Wa. Pickup only.

www.attheborderstorage.com
Located in Sweet grass, MT, close to Alberta.

Package forwarders - There are a bunch of package forwarders out there that act like a US address, such as myus.com. I have not found these package forwarding only places to be worth it, they charge monthly fees, receiving fees and shipping fees on top.



Online Snowboard Retailers located in USA but Canadian-friendly

Note: Since there are so many retailers this is going to be a work in progress and if you have any experience with US companies let me know so I can add them to the list. I am writing this out like a list now to save space.


Companies that ship USPS. USPS is usually cheaper and you may or may not be charged tax/duty.


Park 2 Peak - Awesome, they offer USPS first class so super cheap shipping!

Prolens - Fantastic source for aftermarket goggle lenses or goggs themselves. They shipped to me super fast and cheap.

Daddies Board Shop

Soltice Supply - One of my favourites, they ship all brands quick and great service.

Trusnow(Formerly Sierra Snowboard).

Galactic Snowsports - Low end. discounted and used goods.

Wired Sport - REALLY cheap shipping. Shipping costs legit. Seems they only sell package deals.

The House - Shipping brand restrictions. They do offer USPS/Fedex however.

WARNING: The following companies MUST be used with a shipping receiver. They do not ship many brands to Canada and their shipping rates are out to lunch. However they are the biggest companies and I am listing them just because they often have free shipping and huge selections, so it is often worth using a shipping receiver or forwarder. I save big using Package Express.

Dogfunk.com

Backcountry.com

WhiskeyMilitia.com

Steep and Cheap

Department of Goods

Backcountry.com, Backcountryoutlet.com, Dogfunk.com, Steepandcheap.com, Whiskeymilitia.com are owned/operated by Backcountry Corp. However, you can combine carts, and all offer the tariff included shipping. All have shipping brand restrictions.

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Please let me know if you know of anything I can add to this list!

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True Snowboards

Location

British Columbia

Http://www.truesnowboards.com

Snowboard Brands


True (sold online only, no in store retail or the accompanying retail markup.)

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$37cdn within Canada via Canada Post shipped from BC
$37usd within the USA via USPS shipped from Wa = we import for you, no brokerage fees!
$0 for all snowboardingforum.com members, same shipping methods as above. 8)
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Oh cool I saw your site but didn't realise it was Canadian. Adding to the list now.
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Heads up to any Canadians, I did order 3 pairs of Oakley gogs from Tramdock and a Burton Jacket with the duty included option, they came and there were no other duty costs Pretty good deal even with exchange rate bunk.

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Thanks again for getting this list together. It was a great resource when I was tracking down NS snowboards and Rome bindings in Canada.

Some feedback:

The Boardroom Shop
I have been dealing with both the online guys as well as directly with the West 4th Avenue shop. They have been very helpful in dealing with someone trying to organise something from Australia, and they have gone the extra yard to make things work (props to Merideth in particular).

Alter Ego Sports
Helpful guy (Chris), quick response. Unfortunately they didn't have the gear I was after in stock and they weren't able guarantee being able to get hold of it in time, but they were up-front about it. It's apparent that not everything in their online shop is actually in stock, or normally stocked for that matter, so bear that in mind if you order online without talking to them first.

Xtreme Adrenaline Board Shop
Quick initial response to my email promising to get back to me "shortly" once they had checked with their supplier. Nothing heard since (4 days ago).

Mission Snow and Skate
Not an online retailer, but very helpful with organising things in advance over the phone (if you happen to be passing through Calgary). Props to Macky.
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