Founded in 1961 as a single specialty camera store in the charming and historic neighbourhood of Kerrisdale in Vancouver, Kerrisdale Cameras now has 8 stores in Greater Vancouver and Victoria.
We are a family run local, full-line photographic retailer committed to providing the best selection and service in Western Canada, of both new and used, digital and film photo equipment.
In our dealings with our customers and our employees, we strive to meet the highest standards of fairness and honesty. We aren't a 'big box' retailer... we're a small independent photo specialty chain with store managers and employees who share our commitment to providing personalized service. We know many of our customers by name - many of whom have been dealing with us since the early 60's and now their children have become customers. We combine our knowledgeable service with competitive prices by matching our competitor's pricing so that you get the best value for your hard-earned dollars.
Our knowledgeable and friendly salespeople love photography and are dedicated to helping you select the best camera and photo equipment for your individual needs. Most of our salespeople are photo specialists who joined us with years of professional photographic or photo retail experience, or are students or graduates of photographic programs. They love photography and stay up to date on the latest products and services. 50% of our employees have been with us over 10 years and our employee turnover is significantly below the industry average.
Whether you're looking for one of our many point-and-shoot fun cameras, a digital SLR camera or professional photo equipment, you'll find it here.
Kerrisdale Cameras first opened its doors on August 6, 1961 when my father, Bob Hudson, and my grandmother, Mary Hudson, opened a small camera shop in the quaint Kerrisdale neighbourhood across from Safeway, where he had worked while attending UBC.
1965 (after expanding to neighbouring store)
Originally called West Van Camera, they opened their first branch store in West Vancouver. Later renamed to Kerrisdale Cameras as we grew and began advertising throughout the lower mainland. Over the coming years, the location moved several times with the 5th move in 2011 to its current location at 1534 Marine Drive.
1968 (West Van)
Store #3 opened on Lonsdale in North Vancouver. The North Van store moved a couple times over the decades within the same block, now located at 1333 Lonsdale, just north of 13th Ave.
1970 (North Van)
Store #4, our Burnaby store, opened in 1971 in Old Orchard Shopping Centre on Kingsway.
The Vancouver store expanded and added a warehouse and office while expanding the retail store which became known as the Main Store.
1971 (Burnaby store in Old Orchard)
Store #5 opened in Guildford Town Centre in Surrey, in the north end of the mall next to Super Valu and Eatons.
A few weeks before Christmas, the Richmond store opened on No. 3 Road, across from Sears. This is our only branch store that has remained in the same location over the decades.
1977, Richmond store manager, Bob, was with us until his retirement over 30 years later.
Coquitlam Centre opened its doors in the growing community of Coquitlam and we were one of its original tenants. Over the coming years, we moved from the food court area as they expanded and renovated to our current location between Sears and Scotiabank. Coquitlam is store #7.
1979 - Coquitlam Centre's Grand Opening
Shortly thereafter, we opened a second store in Kerrisdale just a few doors away from the main store. The new location, our Darkroom Centre, specialized in everything for home and commercial darkrooms.
As changes took place in the north end of Surrey’s Guildford Town Centre, including closing of SuperValu and Eatons, we closed our Surrey store. Then, opened our store in Victoria, located in Saanich Plaza by Save On Foods.
1980's - Victoria
Meanwhile, the darkroom centre soon closed as home darkrooms lost their appeal and the adjoining Industrial Dept, which serves the commercial industry, moved into our Richmond location.
We launched our first website, one of the first in the photo retail industry.
My grandmother and company co-founder, Mary Hudson, who had continued to work part-time five days/week retired in her late 80’s.
This was the year that the company passed down to the 3rd generation.
Sadly, my father passed away suddenly from heart failure on Sept 11, 2011, just one month after the company's 50th anniversary. He had continued to run the business and work five days a week until just a few days before.
I had joined them in 1981, while attaining my business degree at SFU, and worked alongside my dad for 30 years. Over those years, he taught me not only how to run a successful retail business but, most importantly, he showed me the importance of treating employees, customers and suppliers honestly, fairly and with respect…traits that we also look for in our employees.
My father loved the photo industry and particularly the older cameras. Trade-ins were always one of his favorite parts of our business and have made us different from our competitors. His incredible memory of both cameras of yesteryear as well as the latest digitals kept him busy every day as he evaluated the daily trades. His love of older cameras has continued in many of our employees, enabling us to continue to accept trade-ins and offer a huge selection of used equipment.
2010 to 2014:
One by one, our stores were updated and renovated.
As changes were taking place in our industry, including the closing of some competitor’s stores, the opportunity arose in the spring of 2013 to buy a competitor’s store in Langley’s Willowbrook shopping centre. We hired their team of five employees who have remained with us. Since then, we hired six of their peers from their former employer's other stores.
With store #8, we became the largest photo retailer in BC and one of the largest in Western Canada.
2013 - Langley
In November 2015, we closed our original Richmond store after 40 years on No. 3 Road and opened a bigger and brighter new store in the Ironwood neighbourhood in south Richmond, next to Canadian Tire.
2016 & beyond:
We have a great team of managers and sales associates who love photography and love helping customers select the best cameras and accessories to meet their individual needs. Combined with the support of our head office and warehouse team (who have been with us an average of 15 years), we're adapting to the changes in retail and the digital age and we're ready to serve our customers for more decades to come.