ITINERARY: SHOPPER

Out-of-province and out-of-country shoppers know that a trip to Alberta means they’ll spend less (or can buy more — whichever way you want to justify it). With the least sales tax (no PST or HST) in all of Canada, there’s only the five per cent Government Sales Tax (GST) tacked on, making Calgary a mecca for big-ticket items.

FLAGSHIP STORES

When it comes to global brands, bigger really is better. Home to several western flagships such as Holt Renfrew and Harry Rosen, these stores are the place to find exclusive lines and designer collaborations like Marni and Anna Della Russo for H&M. Calgary is also home to the first Nordstrom outside of the U.S.

MADE IN CALGARY

Calgary is a mecca for creative art and design with the introduction of Market Collective, an independent market that showcases hundreds of local artists, artisans, designers and musicians, Calgary is empowering its arts and culture community. Some of the country’s most exciting and notable designers like Paul Hardy and Caitlin Power have chosen to make Calgary their home base for design.

MAJOR MALLS

With over 250 stores, including three major department stores, flagship stores and exclusives, including Nordstrom, Tiffany and Co., Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma and Tory Burch, Chinook Centre is Western Canada’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination – a definite must-see on any trip to Calgary.

Coming during the holiday season? Take in the festivities of The CORE, Calgary’s downtown shopping hub that will truly light up your life. The mall’s 45 foot Christmas tree twinkles at the centre of it all, as you busily shop at hard-to-find stores likes Britain’s Jermyn Street 1664, Canadian athletic brand Lolë, or specialty store Piero Guidi Italian Leather Goods. What excites Calgarians though for the new year? The opening of Simons, or La Maison Simons, a uniquely Canadian retailer established in 1840. Expected to open in March 2017, local and tourists alike will be knocking on store’s glass doors eagerly!

CrossIron Mills is home to over 200 outlet shops, including 17 large-format anchor stores. Out-of-towners get a kick out of Bass Pro Shops, a 15,000-square-foot destination in itself, filled with more than 400 fish and wildlife mounts, artifacts and rustic outdoor items. Conveniently located near the Calgary International Airport, it’s a great place to stop on your way in or out of the city.

CALGARY BY THE HOOD

Calgary is home to many unique neighbourhoods and several bustling high streets close to the city centre, where you can find eclectic shops and edgy boutiques. Stephen Avenue, Calgary’s premier pedestrian-friendly street is home to nine major shopping centers/department stores as well as some of Calgary’s finest restaurants, pubs, cafés and bars. Not to mention its eclectic mix of boutiques and galleries. And if it’s contemporary, cutting-edge fashion you’re looking for, head to Fashion Central, which houses local designers intermingled between brands like Betsey Johnson and Fluevog.

GEARING UP

Travel light because you can rent or buy what you need in the city studded with recreation and outfitter stores, including Canada’s go-to Mountain Equipment Co-op downtown, Atmosphere on Stephen Avenue, or Bass Pro Shop at CrossIron Mills.

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