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Shopping in Alberta

• A WorldWeb.com Travel Guide for Alberta, Canada.
Desire designer labels? One-of-a-kind vintage garments? The Alberta shopping scene caters to every type of consumer. From large cities to small towns, malls, outdoor shopping districts and department stores scatter the province.


When people think of shopping in Alberta—even Canada—West Edmonton Mall comes immediately to mind. Located in the provincial capital, the supermall spans an area of over 48 city blocks and houses more than 800 stores and 100 restaurants. And that’s not all. A visitor’s shopping experience can be complemented by a trip to one of the mall’s many notable attractions, which include a water park, theme park and indoor lake, to name a few.

Those that prefer a more laid-back shopping experience needn’t look far. Old Strathcona’s Whyte Avenue (82nd Avenue), located near the University of Alberta campus, is the local favourite for an outdoor shopping experience. This retail district covers a stretch of 7.2 km (4.5 mi) with trendy, independent boutiques, eclectic local pubs and a few favourite chain shops. Everything from the latest trends to the oldest antiques can be picked up along this shopping gem.

Other distinguished Edmonton shopping experiences include South Edmonton Common, the Southgate Centre and the Edmonton City Centre mall.


Hockey, football, campus life—rival cities Calgary and Edmonton compete in a number of different ways, and shopping is no exception. Cross Iron Mills, located just north of Calgary, is a fierce competitor of West Edmonton Mall. The single-level megamall houses over 200 retailers, restaurants and entertainment centres, about half of which are discount outlet locations. For both an efficient and visually interesting shopping experience, stores are grouped into neighbourhoods: fashion, ranching, resources, fossils, and sports and entertainment. There are a number of other malls located within Calgary worth mentioning, including Chinook Centre and Market Mall.

Whyte Avenue’s Calgary counterpart can be found along 17th Avenue, between 14th Street and 2nd Street SW. Abounding with a great variety of specialty shops, restaurants, cafes, galleries, consignment stores, pubs and more, this local shopping favourite draws visitors even during the coldest Canadian winters.

Kensington Village and the Inglewood District are other notable outdoor shopping venues located within Calgary. Both locations maintain a lively, upbeat atmosphere year round with eclectic specialty shops, unique boutiques and a thriving nightlife.


The Albertan Rocky Mountains are famous for their beauty and adventurous recreational opportunities, and the towns found within them are best known as warm and welcoming home bases from which to experience these opportunities. This isn’t all that these mountain towns have to offer however. Jasper and Banff both boast an unforgettable shopping experience. Whether searching for antiques, sporting equipment, designer labels or second-hand books, neither will disappoint.
In Jasper, try Jasper Hawes, a local boutique selling designer scents, cosmetics, handbags and shades. For high-quality outdoor gear, make a stop at Edge Control or Totem Ski Shop.

Banff Avenue and Bear Street are the main arteries of Banff’s vibrant shopping scene. Cascade Plaza, located on Banff Avenue, is the local indoor shopping centre, offering over 50 shops to peruse. Bison Courtyard, on Bear Street, boasts a beautiful outdoor shopping area offering antiques, sporting equipment and more, with the stunning Rocky Mountains as a backdrop.


Although most shopping in Alberta is restricted to Edmonton, Calgary and the friendly Rocky Mountain towns, smaller towns and cities throughout the province are all equipped with a selection of chain stores and independent shops. In northern Alberta, Prairie Mall serves the city of Grande Prairie, while the Peter Pond Shopping Centre obliges Fort McMurray.

If hard-to-find antiques are on the shopping list, head to the small town of Camrose. Located in the downtown core, Pardners in Time and Camrose Antiques are two outstanding antique shops.


Shopping cravings in southern Alberta are best satisfied by Centre Village Mall and Park Place Mall in the city of Lethbridge, and Medicine Hat Mall found in the slightly smaller city of Medicine Hat.

There is, however, a small selection of unique specialty shops in this region as well. Josee's Hand Made Imports, located in Lethbridge, offers an eclectic collection of gifts, clothing and jewellery that represents an array of cultures from around the world. Medicine Hat’s Trinkets and Treasures sells jewellery, handbags, dog tags and everything in between.
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