Edmonton Tourism

Edmonton Tourism

November 14, 2008 13:54 ET

The Joy of Shopping in Edmonton

No shopper should miss West Edmonton Mall or other Edmonton shopping attractions

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2008) - No true shopper should miss West Edmonton Mall - the greatest indoor show on earth. There are more than 800 stores and services and over 100 eating establishments to choose from.

North America's largest one-stop, over-the-top place to shop - equivalent in size to 48 city blocks - comes with its own hotel (there are actually two to choose from) and nine world-class entertainment attractions. Need a break to recharge the shopping batteries? Then try the mall's water park and wave pool or take a spin around the world's largest indoor amusement.

For shoppers who savour the big-box store experience - from fashion to electronics and more - Edmonton rolls out another North American retail milestone. South Edmonton Common weighs in as North America's largest open-air retail development, where power centre shopping transcends to the next level with offerings of more than 100 stores and services.

There's also a rich choice of shopping districts to choose from, where visitors will come across a wealth of independent retailers and a fascinating array of unique merchandise to purchase.

Old Strathcona for example, known for its charm and its nightlife, has been named one of the 10 best shopping districts in Canada. Amid its historic buildings, the shopping fare ranges from locally produced to name brands known for their panache. From name brand shops to charming boutiques with captivating selections of arts and crafts, accessories, books, home decor, unusual gifts and collectibles.

The shopping destinations of 124th Street and the High Street area, meanwhile, minutes from downtown and literally steps away from each other, provide a quaint backdrop to more than 125 of their own enticing stores. One will find an assortment of antique and specialty stores, home decor options, books and must-have knickknacks. Art lovers will also find this area a must see, with a large number of Edmonton's art galleries calling this part of town as their home.

Bargain hunters should check out the outlet stores at South Edmonton Common, including Tommy Hilfiger, Liz Claiborne and the Designer Depot but may also want to browse through the large selection of the non-outlet offerings while they're there.

So whether it's for clothes (or other) encounters of the shopping kind, you'll find that Edmonton is your passport to the retail wonders of the world. For more information on this shopping extravaganza, visit www.edmonton.com/tourism.

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