Edmonton Tourism Offers Shopping Destinations for Every Gift Giver and Edmonton Hotels for Holiday Shopping Excursions

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West Edmonton Mall, Old Strathcona, and Downtown Edmonton Make Canada's Festival City a Holiday Shopping Mecca

Holiday shopping takes on new meaning in Edmonton, one of Alberta's most vibrant and charming destinations. Rather than harried evening trips looking for that perfect present, Edmonton shopping offers a retreat--where a week or a weekend spent wandering the city's remarkable number of shops and distinctive neighborhoods 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, shopping in Old Strathcona appeals to those searching for arts & crafts, unique fashions and accessories, antiques, home accessories, books, and unusual gifts and collectables.

For Edmonton visitors seeking an all-around entertaining shopping excursion or families looking for children's activities, West Edmonton Mall features not only 800 stores and services from which to choose but also the world's largest indoor amusement park, two Edmonton hotels, dining, and children's camps during the holidays. Visitors may enjoy thrills and spills at the amusement park, get wet at the year-round indoor water park, play mini-golf, or shop the special shopping areas of Europa Boulevard, Chinatown, and Bourbon Street. West Edmonton Mall offers many one-of-a-kind stores as well as some shops with only one location in Edmonton. Kingsway Garden Mall, Edmonton's second largest mall, features 220 stores with jewelry, clothing, and much more.

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. Those visiting 124th Street for Edmonton shopping will also find a plethora of fine restaurants and unique shops in this district, just west of downtown. Elephants Never Forget is a toyshop like they used to be when you were a child. 124th Street area, an attractive residential area is a destination for specialty shopping and is a centre for the arts.

A well-rounded Edmonton winter vacation includes a stop on Jasper Avenue, the city's historic main street. The pedway system gives shoppers indoor access to Commerce Place, Manulife Place, and Edmonton City Centre. Exemplifying the shops of downtown Edmonton, Maggie Walt Designs feature the renowned designer's original clothing, jewelry, shoes, and accessories--all with an East meets West flair.

From downtown and Old Strathcona to West Edmonton Mall, those visiting for winter vacations or weekend shoppers planning to explore these delightful shopping destinations will find a variety of Edmonton hotels from which to choose. From luxury hotels to B&Bs, accommodations are available to fit all budgets and styles.

The Greater Edmonton area also includes communities in close proximity to the city. St. Albert and Sherwood Park offer large garden centres to buy for the garden enthusiast (year-round), art galleries, antique shops and farmers markets. Spruce Grove, Leduc plus other local communities offer endless shopping opportunities and unique art, pottery and handcrafted gift items. Mundare is a quilting and antique community. Take a day trip and visit these regional treasures!

About Edmonton Tourism
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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