Edmonton, Alberta Attracts Cosmopolitan and Artsy Shoppers with an Impressive Array of Trademark and Local Options

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West Edmonton Mall & Old Strathcona among attractions of Canadian shopping mecca.

Some cities are known for being chic, others charming, and a few cultured--and this is inevitably reflected in what visitors bring home from their trips. If shopping is any reflection on a city's traits, Edmonton has a well-rounded personality. As home to North America's largest mall and a variety of unique shopping districts, Edmonton shopping is among the best of Canada destinations.

Equivalent in size to 48 city blocks and home to over 800 stores and services, and 100 eateries, West Edmonton Mall overwhelms even the most avid shopper with choice. West Edmonton Mall's stores range from well-known department stores to independent boutiques, carrying everything from European fashion to cigars and wine. With nine world-class entertainment attractions--including a waterpark and wave pool--and two of its very own Edmonton hotels, an Edmonton family vacation could be enjoyed without every leaving the mall.

Of course, true shoppers wouldn't limit themselves to one venue, and there's much more Edmonton shopping to be had. Named one of the 10 best shopping districts in Canada, Old Strathcona enjoys a historic ambiance along with 300 businesses, most of which are family owned. Meandering among the antique buildings, visitors find arts, crafts, unique fashions, home décor, books, music and much more.

Minutes from downtown Edmonton hotels, the quaint 124 Street/High Street area boasts over 125 shops as well as a thriving art scene. Antique and specialty stores keep good company with art galleries and home décor shops, while fine restaurants and theatre lend themselves to a thriving nightlife.

Among other Edmonton attractions on a shopper's must-do list are Chinatown with specialty items and fresh produce markets; Edmonton City Centre with more than 170 stores; and downtown's Commerce Place and Manulife featuring high-end retailers such as Escada and Holt Renfrew. Both on located on Jasper Avenue, Who Cares? And Maggie Walt Designs bring shoppers local Edmonton designers. Who Cares? features unique fashions catering to career women, while Maggie Walt Designs presents a fusion of East meets West with clothing, original jewelry, shoes and accessories.

Additional Edmonton shopping attractions may be found at http://www.edmonton.com/itscoolerhere&WT.mc_id=ICHS0718, as well as a number of Edmonton hotel packages that are tailored to the shopping getaway.

About Edmonton Tourism
Edmonton Tourism, a division of Edmonton Economic Development Corp., markets Greater Edmonton as a preferred Canadian travel destination for leisure travel, business travel and film production. Edmonton--named Canada's Cultural Capital for 2007--is Alberta's top tourism destination for in-province and other-province visitors, and Alberta's top metropolitan destination for U.S. visitors.

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Name:         Jenifer Christenson, Edmonton Tourism
E-Mail:     jchristenson @ edmonton.com
Website:     http://www.edmonton.com/itscoolerhere

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