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preferably Canadian if possible, but it doesn't matter.
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There's a sticky listing all cdn retailers.

alternative113.com out of quebec has a lot of stock and ships quick

store.thinkempire.com also good

of course shop local if you can - I like hogtown and meltdown in the Toronto are
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There's a sticky listing all cdn retailers.

alternative113.com out of quebec has a lot of stock and ships quick

store.thinkempire.com also good

of course shop local if you can - I like hogtown and meltdown in the Toronto are
Good lookin'..
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Both Alternative and Empire have actual retail locations.

Empire is very involved in the local scene. It's actually my local shop. I try to shop there as much as possible.

Since they don't carry NS, I've had good luck with the Boardroom in Vancouver and Alter Ego in Winnipeg.
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preferably Canadian if possible, but it doesn't matter.
I have no affliation with them... but I really like Backcountry.com (Dogfunk.com is the same company with different branding). Pretty good selection, free shipping on most orders, and most importantly... very very easy returns if you don't like what you bought. I particularly like the no hassle warranty returns (you just go to the website > order history > return) and they give you a pre-paid label to slap onto the box and rest happens automatically. No weeks long back and forth on the phone/emails with photos before they accept the warrant return.

They ship to Canada for most brands (some brands don't allow them to sell to Canada :P)
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Both Alternative and Empire have actual retail locations.

Empire is very involved in the local scene. It's actually my local shop. I try to shop there as much as possible.

Since they don't carry NS, I've had good luck with the Boardroom in Vancouver and Alter Ego in Winnipeg.
No insult to those two, I know that they've got a local presence too, and if I lived around them I'd shop there first. I try to give the guys near me in Toronto a chance, if they don't have it in stock then I go online.
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Why online? If you are located in a city it is always better to go in store. Could always get tips what freebies. If you are in Toronto. Highly recommend Boardsports.
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Why online? If you are located in a city it is always better to go in store. Could always get tips what freebies. If you are in Toronto. Highly recommend Boardsports.
Boardsports are also great guys, I tend to go to them more for watersports but you're totally right about them.

I usually know exactly what I want from research e,g this specific jacket in this colour and size, and often the local shops won't have my colour or size, etc.
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Why online? If you are located in a city it is always better to go in store. Could always get tips what freebies. If you are in Toronto. Highly recommend Boardsports.
I live in Montreal, but I'm home until after the holidays/school starts. Figured I'd see what I could find online while I'm here.
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