Canada Post Alternatives?

Does anyone have any good experience with other shippers besides Canada Post?

My paintings need to be shipped with TRACKING, INSURANCE and CONFIRMATION OF DELIVERY. I normally charge $30 to ship to the US and $25 within Canada.

I am shipping from a small city in BC. So not all courier services are available here.

I am considering giving UPS a chance. Your experience and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


1271 McGill University Ghetto, 8x10 egg tempera


 I took a different approach with this piece. I started with a black ground and built up the lights. I think the painting has a nice depth. What do you think?

1263 Under the Overpass, Montreal, 8x10, egg tempera


 This is one of my favourite streets in Mile End. I love that big old warehouse and the water tower. It makes the houses seem more private.

1261 The Best Winter Day, 8x10, egg tempera


 Those were the best of days. When you do winter sports you hate to see winter end. You might even hope for more snow.

1259 The Word, 8x10, egg tempera


 This is such a charming little shop. The Word has been there for as long as I can remember. 

1221 Perce Rock, Gaspe Peninsula, 8x10, oil

Sold-Minnesota USA

Somehow I forgot  to post this painting when I did it. I think I was planning to do more to it. Anyways, less is more and someone loves it as it is. That's the best feeling.

1258 Forget House, Montreal Street Scene 8x10, egg tempera

Sold- South Carolina USA

This is Maison Forget on Sherbrooke Street in Montreal. I had started a painting of it in 2012 without knowing it was called Forget House. It was just a really nice looking building. Recently someone asked if I had a painting of Forget House and it was only when I googled it that I realized I had laid the groundwork already to make a painting of it. Well, I just finished it and I quite like it.
 

1257 ParcLaFontaine Snow Day, 8x10 egg tempera


 I repainted this painting. I had painted this scene some time ago. I'm lost in time so I can't say if it was month or a year or two ago.  Anyways, after painting the first copy I didn't care for it (Okay, I don't know why but I hated, despised, and loathed it!). So I put it under the bathroom tap and sent it down the drain. There's my confession. Would other artists understand? I had no reason to do it other than mean angry spite. I had plenty of boards to do new paintings on...so I didn't need the board or anything. 

Well, after destroying my creation and letting some time pass I regretted it. I had photographed it before the big wipe off. Every time I saw the image I felt guilty. It got worse and worse. I was haunted by that image. 

I felt that the only way to make it stop was to bring it back to life. 

So I decided to repaint it. Here it is. I'm not (I promise) going to wipe it away again. I will give it some time to cure and then carefully seal it under some lovely, ultra blond, 2 lb cut home made shellac. 

There's my confession. Here's my amends. I'm ready to move on to my next painting. Thank you for reading this.

It is not my first time destroying a lovely work of art. But hopefully I have learned my lesson.

1252 Winter Fun, Parc LaFontaine, 8x10, egg tempera

Sold-New Jersey

 I love winter fun. Skating, skiing, sliding. I don't mind the cold at all as long as I can play in the snow.