Links to Other Stores
We are continually learning about great Canadian (plus American, and worldwide) companies in the STEM area (including some sports/outdoor technology). This page is dedicated to providing links to some of our favourites. We have personal experience with most of them and recommend them to anyone interested.
United Nuclear.com An awesome U.S.-based scientific supply store run by the legendary Bob Lazar. There is always some new and really cool on offer at United Nuclear.
AlphaChem Ltd. An ISO-registered Canadian distributor of a vast array of chemicals.
Canadawide Scientific A very comprehensive (though extremely expensive, in our experience) online store for scientific supplies.
Westlab.com A good online source for scientific and lab equipment and supplies.
Unihedron A Canadian technology company providing some excellent meters for physics and astronomy (plus some beautiful and informative posters).
Bowley Lock Company A Canadian engineering company that has created some locks that are virtually "unpickable" due to an innovative design. We love our Bowley Padlock Model 543 (stainless steel) and are very impressed with the design, and its very precise machining. We learned about the company from YouTuber "The Lock Picking Lawyer".
Magic Box Hobbies. We love this Vancouver shop and all of the possibilities they supply you with!
Painless Learning. A great selection of educational placemats with very reasonable pricing that was suggested to us by a fellow Vancouverite.
Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). Famous outfitters in Canada for outdoor sports, hiking, adventure, etc.
Culture Hustle by Stuart Semple. A UK-based company that supplies some remarkable materials. Check out Black 3.0, The World's Blackest Black Acrylic Paint, and LIT, The World's Glowiest Glow-in-the-Dark Pigment.
Note: We do not (yet) have personal experience we the following but intend to in the future.
Burnaby Hobbies. We love their tag line: "At Burnaby Hobbies, We Have Everything - Or We Can Find It".
TShirtGun.com. As the name implies, a store dedicated to selling those T-Shirt cannons you used to see at big events (pre-COVID19). We don't endorse the safety of any of the products - use at your own risk!
Karst Sports: caving, climbing, outdoors and rescue equipment. You can even buy calcium carbide from these guys (for mining helmets). Based in West Virginia.
Meteorites for Sale: The name says it all. You can buy your own meteorite from them. Including ones from the Moon, and if you an unlimited budget, from Mars.
Caledon Laboratories. As per their website: A family-owned and proudly Canadian company, Caledon has over 45 years of expertise in manufacturing high-purity products for analytical chemistry. They provide "quality products to analytical labs, research and educational institutions, pharmaceutical organizations, and production facilities the world over."
www.StepperMotorCanada.ca. An awesome source for stepper motors and all related electrical (power supplies, couplers, motor mounts, etc.). We found Jon, the owner and president, to be very knowledgeable and helpful.
www.steameducation.ca, or STEAM Centre, is "an education innovation charity", established in 2016. They offer camps (online and in-person), and workshop kits.
Drone Bot Workshop Plenty of resources regarding Arduino, Raspberry Pi, robotics, etc.
Columbia Tools A proudly Canadian company based in Surrey, BC, that makes some world-class kit - including a fully automatic drywall taping machine!