From the East Coast in Halifax, to Southern Ontario I've had quite a few experiences with different photolabs in my travels from Australia to Canada and beyond but these are just two of my favorite photolabs in Canada. They've never lost a film, I've never had one come back blank and always meet expectations.
When i first came to Halifax on the East Coast of Canada a couple of years ago doing my Bachelor of Fine Art at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design I found that if you wanted something done well, and quickly, it came at a higher price than some of the competitors or doing it yourself but if quality and speed were what you were after then Atlantic Photo Supply was where you went.
By the time I went back there (after going home to Australia to graduate and save up money to travel) most of the supermarket type competitors were gone and it was down to just them and the favorite of most students in town, Carsand Mosher. They closed their downtown location in March and since then Atlantic Photo on Spring Garden Rd has been the place to go for everyone, including 90% of the professional photographers on the East Coast. The only lab left downtown able to process colour in an hour, on high quality photographic paper. They have a large range of films in stock and if you have a specific one in mind they will endeavor to order it and get it in for you.
The only downside is that, like most places these days they don’t do E6 (slide film) or Black and White processing on site but will send it off for you and have it back in around 10 days without charging postage fees. Having colour 35mm or 120 negs developed in an hour or scanned to cd for $10 in a day is very nice.
They do a range of other services in store as well like selling cameras, some Lomography cameras can even be ordered in, they do basically whatever size print you can think of and even print on acrylic, canvas and a beautiful paper called William Turner which is like watercolour paper.
Here is the link to their website
Since moving to London, Ontario, half way across the country I have found things to be a little bit more expensive but still just as good quality at the local photo lab called Stan C Reade photo. With extremely friendly service (after only going there a few times they already knew my name) and slide, colour and black and white processing on site how can you go wrong?
They have a (what looks like to me) pretty scarce looking assortment of cameras and accessories but a large range of used equipment which I’m sure would get the heart racing of many Lomographers. Expired film being sold and very low prices and a small amount of darkroom supplies is also a great draw in of this little store. Here is the link to their website.
The thing I think I like most about both stores is that they have both stood the test of time, Atlantic Photo since 1942 and Stan C Reade since 1956 and haven’t succumbed to the big box stores, online low prices or supermarkets. The service by the people that work there – Stan C even let me go back into their lab so I could use their dark box to get my Holga sprocket film out- and the convenience of these stores are what keep be going back time and time again.