Shopping in Saskatchewan

• A WorldWeb.com Travel Guide for Saskatchewan, Canada.
The prairies of central Canada do not immediately bring shopping to mind. The land of Saskatchewan stretches out, almost flat, as far as the eye can see and the mostly rural communities that populate the province are engaged in agriculture and tourism. However, rising out of the plains are two specific centres of culture that are relatively cosmopolitan in nature and certainly keep shopping enthusiasts busy for a day or two: Regina, the provincial capital, which sits along Highway 1 in the south-eastern part of the province, and Saskatoon, 260 km (161 mi) northwest of Regina.

PURGE YOUR PURSE IN REGINA

Visitors to the prairie province looking for retail therapy can enjoy a healthy dose of shopping at several locations in Regina. The downtown area of the city is host to over 200 shops, including the stores of the Cornwall Centre shopping mall on 11th Avenue. Around the mall, smaller boutiques and trendy gems offer a feast of fashion, books and music. Downtown shoppers looking for a break from the indoors can breeze around the stalls of the Regina Farmers' Market, which has over 85 vendors and where visitors can bargain for local produce and crafts.

For a more relaxed experience and an artsy vibe, on-the-street shopping adventures await a short distance away in Cathedral Village. Situated on and around 13th Avenue, the village is in a historic part of the city and a chic urban atmosphere surrounds stores here, which offer stylish couture, bargains, books, music, jewellery and handcrafted home décor items.

Another option for those wanting to spend in style is the Warehouse District, an area covering 80 blocks of the city and still relatively centrally located. It offers cool home décor stores like Kozan and Urbane as well as several places to browse for antique and vintage furniture and collectible pieces.


Shop-a-holics in northern Regina need not miss out. They can lighten their purses and soothe their buying souls at the Northgate Mall, a well-lit, open-concept space that features Regina's only Footlocker as well as other trendy clothing and shoe stores.

In the southern reaches of the metropolitan area, the Southland Mall provides retail therapy through some 80 stores that are host to sports gear, fashion accessories, clothing, jewellery and footwear. Also located on the south side of the city, in the Conexus Arts Centre, the annual Wintergreen Fine Craft Market gives shoppers an opportunity in November to purchase select fine crafts, visual art and specialty foods.

SPENDING IN SASKATOON

Saskatoon's Broadway was designed in the early 1880s with a commercial focus and now provides shoppers with the perfect place to spend their hard-earned cash on essentials and luxury goods. The historic area has a hip, artsy feel and visitors can peruse stores full of art, books, specialty foods, boutique fashions and personal accessories.

Mall shopping in the centre of Saskatoon at international brand stores like American Eagle Outfitters, HMV, Footlocker, Mexx and Lush awaits at Midtown Mall while Confederation Mall provides shoppers with the only enclosed shopping centre in the city's west. The Mall at Lawson Heights serves the northern suburbs of Saskatoon and shoppers in the eastern fringes can enjoy lightening their wallets at the Centre Mall.

A novel feature at Market Mall in the southern reaches of Saskatoon creates a different shopping atmosphere. The mall's indoor, 18-hole mini-golf course and practice green can be hired for birthdays and wedding photos and is styled after California's Pebble Beach championship course.

TREASURE HUNTING ACROSS THE PRAIRIES

Visitors looking for gifts, souvenirs and unique one-of-a-kind pieces that truly reflect the local landscape and its resident artists may want to venture to small towns like Moose Jaw, Battleford and Yorkton. In these communities, loonies and toonies or indeed more serious amounts of cash or credit can be exchanged for anything from handmade jewellery and Saskatchewan pottery to crafts, vintage clothing and locally made furniture.

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