well, there is snow in canada, so you will want to get something water proof... like a traxxas. and with snow you will want ground clearence wich the mini 8 has not much. I would say go with the mini erevo vxl cause its fun year-round. or the mini summit vxl. the stampede 4x4 vxl or stampede 2wd vxl would be even better than the minis. and since its a traxxas, about every hobby store will have more than enough parts of traxxas cars.