Gord’s List of Electronic Stores. Current and Past
"I have used all of these businesses at one time or another unless otherwise noted."
Gervais Electronics http://www.gervaiselectronics.ca/ (Also called Accessotronic https://www.accessotronik.com/)
A long time electronic supplier, but has gone thru management changes lately. Haven’t been there lately, but last time I was disappointed. They used to have a decent variety of resistors, capacitors and semiconductors, but recently merged with Active123. See note in Winter 2019 newsletter. STOREFRONT.
A2D electronics https://a2delectronics.ca/
Their stock is dwindling; but they did have some modern hardware. I have never ordered from them. ON-LINE ONLY.
Crown Assets https://www.gcsurplus.ca/
Search “National Capital Region” under “Electronic and communication equipment and supplies” or “Medical, dental, scientific, lab equipment” (or occasionally under other categories). It is an on-line auction site, and you pick the stuff up on Hawthorne Rd. I have purchased test equipment, but I have seen antique radios and tubes for sale. YOU BID ON-LINE, BUT PICK-UP IN PERSON.
OVRC tube stock email your requirements to email@example.com
Run by a very friendly and helpful guy. Can’t beat the prices. CONTACT ME ON-LINE
Buy a Pie https://www.buyapi.ca/
Mostly sells stuff related to computers. Low voltage components. I have never ordered from them. CONTACT ON-LINE
Princess Auto https://www.princessauto.com/en/
Sometimes have some surplus electric and electronic things, but it’s not an electronics store! STOREFRONT
Qkits Kingston https://store.qkits.com/
I have never used them, but they have a store and on-line presence. Would like to hear more.
A1 Surplus, 196 North Queen St. Toronto (far west end Near 427 and QEW) http://www.a1parts.com/
The last place I know of with overflowing shelves of equipment, where you take your own life into your hands when you visit. Some components, but mostly electronic test equipment, and assemblies. Absolutely worth a visit if you are in western Toronto. STOREFRONT.
Sayal Electronics https://secure.sayal.com/STORE2/shop.php
Several locations in Southern Ontario. A good selection of modern components, including some high voltage capacitors. No surplus. Like Active was when Active was good! I frequent their Cambridge location. STOREFRONT.
Electronics Surplus https://electronicsurplus.ca/
Know nothing about them. Never used them.
Creatron 349 College St. Toronto. (also in Scarborough) https://www.creatroninc.com/
A range of electronic components, mostly modern. If you are visiting, you are better off going down the street to 290 College St. STOREFRONT.
Supremetronic in basement of Home Hardware, 290 College St. Toronto.
This hidden gem has the best selection of self-serve parts in Canada. Some high voltage parts, too. Some surplus and odds and ends. Note that it looks like a Home Hardware from the front. A long wall of thousands of part drawers that you can browse through.
Just Radios https://justradios.com/
Dave Cantelon sells a bewildering array of capacitors and other related components mainly for our old radios. Ships from the Toronto area. CONTACT ON-LINE
The grandfather of Canadian electronics supply. In business since September 1952. Originally at 543 Yonge St., Toronto, and moved to Gordon Baker Rd., Toronto, in 1974. They are an industrial supplier, but had a walk-up parts counter where they would grudgingly find you a 0.01uF capacitor. I used to visit them regularly, but I have not used them in 30 years. They have an immense catalogue, but really do not cater to the small-volume buyer like us anymore.
Toronto Surplus https://www.torontosurplus.com/
High prices, more geared to institutions, not little guys like us. I have browsed on-line for years but have never bought anything.
Need a native Montrealer to comment!
King George Electronics https://www.kge.ca/ never been there!
Addison Electronics https://addison-electronique.com/en/ never been there!
Elsewhere in Canada
K-W surplus https://kwsurplus.ca/shop/ Kitchener (and a couple of other locations in southern Ontario).
A Kitchener-Waterloo fixture for over 40 years, they used to have excellent electronic surplus, old and new, but most of the electronics is gone. Now they mainly have cheap tools, hardware, and housewares, and non electronic surplus. STOREFRONT
Sphere Research Corporation, Kelowna, BC. https://www.sphere.bc.ca/
Don’t be fooled by the intimidating name, this is a very hobbiest-friendly business that specializes in vintage Tek and HP parts, Nixie tubes, slide-rules, and a fascinating variety of eclectic components. They have monthly “surprise packs” and annually “free and almost free” sales. ON-LINE unless you catch one of their sales events.
Universal Solder Canada, Yorkton, Saskatchewan https://www.universal-solder.ca/
If you are reluctant to buy parts from China, consider this site as an option. Lots of interesting modules and some parts. ON-LINE
Antique Electronic Supply https://www.tubesandmore.com/
They have traditionally been my go-to destination for antique parts, but recently they have moved more towards musical instruments. Good tube stock. ON-LINE
Fair radio sales https://fairradio.com/
Interesting selection of boat anchors and vintage surplus parts. ON-LINE sales, but I believe they have a storefront.
They have an immense catalogue, excellent prices, are happy to deal with “hobbiest” quantities, and ship amazingly quickly to Canada. I’ve had parts in under 48 hours without paying anything extra. $8 shipping flat rate for orders under $100, and they take care of duty and brokerage somehow. I’d rather not spend my money in the US, but Digikey make it irresistible.
Not as seamless as Digikey, and shipping is more expensive, but they have inventory of some older parts that Digikey does not.
There are numerous other Digikey-like distributors like Mauser, TTI, Newark, Richardson (has tubes), Avnet, and Arrow.
Artek manuals http://artekmanuals.com/
A good source of high-quality manuals for test equipment, but you must pay ‘a little’ for the quality. For HP manuals, also check the Keysight web site as they have a good collection of historical manuals. And check the boat anchor manual archive
Playthings of the Past http://www.oldradioparts.com/
Never used them.
Circuit boards https://jlcpcb.com/ Very cheap custom circuit boards from China. I was very impressed with their service. 5 double-sided boards for $15 CAD total including shipping and tax.
Active123 (AKA Active Electronics) Formerly on Merivale. Years ago, was well stocked, but over the years they focused less and less on parts. Nor merged with Gervais.
Add Electronics Formerly on Armstrong near Parkdale. Had surprising array of surplus parts.
Reset Electronics Formerly on Morrison Drive. Modern parts.
Kris Electronics my memory is vague here!
Century 21 Near Lincoln Fields. Had surplus equipment.
Ottawa Surplus Was located just off of Parkdale. Had limited electronics. Believed to be affiliated with KW Surplus.
Wackid Radio Formerly on Parkdale. Had walk-up-to-the-counter service and carried good ol’ radio parts.
Heathkit (was on Merivale S. of Carling.)
Dominion Radio and Electronics 535 Yonge St., Toronto. Excellent source of surplus electronics of all types. One of my favorite places. Bought my first IC and LED there. Right next to the old Electrosonic building. Closed in 1990’s?
Radio City (Radio Trade Supply?) Yonge St., Toronto
Active Surplus Queen St. Toronto. (No relation to Active Electronics or Active123) Always had a stuffed ape in front of the store. Had a good selection of new and surplus electronics. Closed in 2010’s
Heathkit 1478 Dundas St., Mississauga.
City Surplus Dixie Road, north of the 401, in Mississauga. True military surplus, including tanks. Closed in 1970’s
Orion Electronics Kitchener
Atwater Electronics 886 Dundas St., Mississauga. A small place mainly supplying the radio/TV repair trade, but it had almost everything I needed at a price, and was only a 10 minute bike ride from my childhood home. Closed in 1980’s.
Arkon Electronics Kitchener, Toronto (as I recall)