I'm in Ontario. The $300 includes $40 that I had to pay when I picked it up from Canada Post; I think it was $32 duties and $8 handling or something.
20 expedited shipping
40 duties and handling
I didn't really mind the $40 to be honest.
I'm still a little new at this, but I bought Obenauf's LP, and I'll be putting a coat of that on it - it makes it water resistant, though not water proof. If the winter is as bad as it was last year, I'll probably think about the sno-seal.
Any suggestions for where I can get a Vibram sole added to it in Toronto? It's pretty damn flat to risk walking on ice with.
A Toronto shoe repair shop should be able to get a Vibram sole added to your boot. You'll want a compound that gives sure grip on slippery surfaces.