It's spring (at least in the northern hemisphere, where the biggest market is). This is the season when manufacturers introduce new models with better specs, vendors are clearing old stock, and it pays to shop carefully.
You may not find anything of interest here, but a quick look at a show in Toronto can be seen at
The show's dates will give you some sense of timing, since what will be on display are new models. This is when they come out. (Don't let the slick advertising fool you about the show: the convention centre this is at is halfway to the North Pole so far as the rest of the city is concerned.) If you want to just look at cameras, Henry's and Vistek are two of the biggest local outlets, and both are reputable and have web sites. I don't know how much mail-order business they do but I doubt that they're really set up for it, but you can certainly order from the States or elsewhere if you spot a deal and the exchange rate is favourable, and you might at least get ideas by window shopping.
Like all electronics, specs are getting better and prices lower all the time. I recently purchased a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100, which is a pocket camera, for about $500 Cdn. (plus tax) including a GB of memory. It has 8.1 megapixels (I can set it to less, but I use the maximum setting). I use it alone, or I take it along with my two 35mm bodies and however many of my seven or eight lenses I have with me. (I am definitely not in the market for a digital reflex camera.) I'm very impressed by the performance of the Sony, and I wouldn't settle for less than the 8 MP now that I have it. It does mean having larger file sizes, but the remedy for that is deleting after viewing on computer.
Like any contraption a camera has features some will love and others will hate. How many features built into your word processor do you actually use? I like the software that comes with my Sony, of all things.