Edmonton Tourism Features Shopping Resources & Edmonton Hotels for Holiday Shoppers

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Edmonton offers holiday shopping beyond compare, from Old Strathcona's independent shops to the entertaining West Edmonton Mall.

Holiday shopping takes on new meaning in Edmonton, one of Alberta's most vibrant and charming destinations. Rather than harried evening trips to out-of-the-way locations looking for that perfect present, Edmonton shopping offers a retreat--where a weekend spent wandering the city's remarkable number of shops means finding gifts to suit everyone and making a holiday getaway of it at the same time.

Quaint neighborhoods with independent stores abound in Edmonton, Alberta. Named one of the 10 best shopping districts in Canada, the popular Old Strathcona area features 300 businesses--90% of which are family owned. Nestled within historic buildings, Old Strathcona appeals to those searching for arts & crafts, unique fashions and accessories, antiques, home accessories, books, and unusual gifts and collectables. The area boasts a number of different and unusual places to eat, with coffee shops, cafes and restaurants that would appeal to anyone's tastes. On Saturdays leading up to Christmas, visitors will enjoy Christmas carolers and sleigh rides along with the wonderful ambiance of this distinctive, historic Edmonton shopping area.

Art lovers will enjoy 124th Street where galleries are abundant and a selection of 125 shops include antique and specialty boutiques, sporting goods, home décor, books and designer furniture. You can also find a plethora of fine restaurants and art galleries in the 124th Street district just west of Edmonton's downtown core.

Venture downtown to visit Jasper Avenue, Edmonton's historic main street. The pedway system gives shoppers indoor access to Commerce Place, Manulife Place, and Edmonton City Centre. The greater Edmonton area also includes eight distinctive communities in close proximity to the city, ranging from Mundare, a quilting and antique community, to Leduc with farmer's markets and restaurants. Weekend shoppers planning to explore any of these delightful shopping destinations will find a variety of Edmonton hotels are in every region of the city--from luxury accommodations to B&Bs.

For Edmonton visitors seeking an all-around entertaining shopping excursion or families in need of children's activities, West Edmonton Mall features not only 800 stores from which to choose including West Edmonton Mall is a destination in and of itself with the world's largest indoor amusement park, two hotels, dining, and childrens' camps during the holidays.

Visitors may enjoy thrills and spills at the world's largest indoor amusement park, get wet at the year-round indoor water park, play putt-putt, or shop the special shopping areas of Europa, Chinatown, and Bourbon Street. Kingsway Garden Mall, Edmonton's second largest mall, features 220 stores with jewelry, clothing, and much more.

Edmonton is Alberta's top tourism destination for in-province and other-province visitors and the top metropolitan destination for U.S. visitors. Edmonton Tourism the city's leisure travel, business travel, and film production marketing organization--features forty hotels from which to choose as well as extensive information on Edmonton winter vacations.


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