Shopping in the Edmonton Area
The city of Edmonton is blessed with an array of shopping opportunities. Canada's largest shopping centre, West Edmonton Mall, offers large department stores like The Bay and Sears and hundreds of smaller stores specializing in clothing, bridal wear, shoes, accessories, swimwear, home decor and any other item one could possibly need. A water park, theme park, ice skating rink and mini golf courses are a few of the bonus features in West Ed's directory. However, West Edmonton Mall certainly isn't the only shopping outlet in Edmonton. A multitude of well-stocked shopping malls dot the city, like Edmonton City Centre, Kingsway Mall and Southgate Centre. On the south edge of the city, South Edmonton Common spreads over 121 ha (300 acres), taking big-box shopping to a whole new level with large anchor stores such as Ikea and Home Depot, a variety of smaller stores, restaurants and a movie theatre. Edmonton also encompasses trendy shopping districts such as Whyte Avenue, where charming and quirky clothing, gift, art and book shops are nestled between coffee shops and restaurants.
Every year St. Albert attracts thousands of visitors tempted by fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and tasty baked goodies.
The St. Albert Outdoor Farmers' Market is one of the largest in Western Canada with over 250 vendors operating each Saturday in the community's lively downtown. As visitors browse the outdoor market they will find specialty items such as honey, jams, jewellery, stained glass, woodwork, pottery and crafts. Although St. Albert's farmers' market closes for the year at the end of summer, the city is still a year-round hotspot for shopping. A wide selection of shops is located throughout the city and the St. Albert Centre features over 60 stores and services.
Situated in Strathcona County, the large hamlet of Sherwood Park is convenient to Edmonton's shopping outlets, but also boasts a fair share of its own retailers. Sherwood Park has a selection of large chain stores and small local shops selling flowers, clothing, shoes and more. The Sherwood Park Mall features an easy floor plan to navigate the 90 plus stores and services such as Chapters, Shoppers Drug Mart, Zellers and Stitches.
The city of Fort Saskatchewan's downtown area, which is lined with colourful flower pots in summer, is a great place to look for deals. Several book, gift and clothing stores are located in downtown Fort Saskatchewan. Another popular shopping venue is Cornerstone Fort Saskatchewan on the corner of highways 15 and 21. The 13-ha (32-acre) shopping centre offers anchor stores such as Staples and Safeway and smaller stores like Payless Shoes and M&M Meats.
LEDUC, DEVON, SPRUCE GROVE & STONY PLAIN
Adjacent to the Edmonton International Airport, the community of Leduc offers a wide range of retail options. Furniture stores such as The Brick and United Furniture Warehouse, clothing shops with new and vintage fashions and sport stores with equipment for hockey, baseball, football and other sports are just a few of the shopping outlets in Leduc. The city's Discovery Way is lined with large stores such as Wal-Mart Supercentre, Canadian Tire and Rona and a combination of smaller specialty stores. A quick drive northwest of Leduc is the town of Devon, which offers several restaurants and shops. Foster's Covered Wagons, Carman Goldsmiths and the Great Canadian Dollar Store are a handful of retailers that demonstrate the varied purchasing possibilities in Devon.
Only a short drive west of Edmonton are the communities of Spruce Grove and Stony Plain. Spruce Grove's Westland Market Mall includes clothing shops, a book store, electronic shops and fashion accessory stores, and Stony Plain is home to a variety of craft, fashion, jewellery and sports stores.