Shopping in EdmontonShopping Malls Galore
For the intrepid shopper, there is nothing like a trip to the West Edmonton Mall , housed in a 44-hectare (110-acre) building at 8882 170 St. N.W. Inside are more than 800 retail stores and dozens of fun things to do under one gigantic roof, including a water park, underground aquarium, ice rink and blacklight miniature golf course.
South Edmonton Common (1978 99 St. N.W.) offers about 130 hectares (320 acres) of retail space. The massive outdoor shopping complex at 23rd Avenue and Calgary Trail is home to more than 150 businesses, including IKEA, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Roots and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. With more than 150 retailers, Southgate Centre (5015 111 St. N.W.) is South Edmonton's largest shopping center and includes Edmonton’s largest Hudson’s Bay department store.
Find deals near the airport at Premium Outlet Collection Edmonton International Airport (1 Outlet Collection Way). The complex, opened in summer 2018, counts Nike Factory Store, H&M, Old Navy Outlet and Designer Shoe Warehouse among its more than 100 stores. Luggage storage, flight status screens and boarding pass printing services are available for travelers en route to the airport or just arriving.
For those who want shopping on a less imposing scale, other popular malls include Kingsway Mall (109 Street and Kingsway N.W.) and Londonderry Mall (258 137 Ave. N.W. at 66 Street N.W.).
Find Deals Downtown
Downtown Edmonton offers boutiques and local restaurants as well as covered shopping areas joined by enclosed walkways or pedways. The Edmonton City Centre complex between 100 and 103 streets on 102 Avenue N.W. contains Hudson's Bay, a nine-screen theater and 110 other shops and places to eat among its four glittering floors.
Manulife Place (10180 101 St. N.W.) is a destination for designer boutiques. Rice Howard Way, an attractive outdoor pedestrian area lined with sidewalk seating and eateries, is downtown near 100 Street N.W. and 101a Street N.W.
At 102 Avenue and 97 Street N.W., the Chinatown Gate symbolizes friendship and welcomes visitors to Chinatown, which features several ethnic restaurants, shops and outdoor vendors selling fresh produce.
The 124 Street & Area commercial district, which extends from Jasper Avenue north to 111 Avenue N.W., is home to a wide variety of businesses, including the handful of art galleries and boutique shops comprising the 12-block Gallery Walk area.
Old Strathcona at Whyte Avenue (82 Avenue N.W. from 99 to 109 streets), the main outdoor shopping street on the south side of the city, has the look of historic Edmonton and offers boutiques, specialty shops, nearby restaurants, bistros and coffee bars.
Don't forget that the major museums have interesting shops with items and vacation souvenirs sometimes impossible to find elsewhere. Of particular interest is the Alberta-branded shop in the visitor center at the Alberta Legislature Building, the gift shop inside the Royal Alberta Museum and the six period shops in Fort Edmonton Park. (Note: The shops in Fort Edmonton Park and the park itself are currently closed for major renovations; reopening is expected in spring 2021.)
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The federal Goods and Service Tax is 5 percent and applies to most goods, food/beverages and services, including lodgings. Alberta does not have a provincial sales tax but does impose a 3 percent Destination Marketing Fee (DMF) as well as a 4 percent Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT).
Grey Nuns Community Hospital, (780) 735-7000; Misericordia Community Hospital, (780) 735-2000; Royal Alexandra Hospital, (780) 735-4111; University of Alberta Hospital, (780) 407-8822.
9990 Jasper Ave. N.W. West Shaw Building Edmonton, AB T5J 1P7. Phone:(780)401-7696
Edmonton International Airport
Hertz, with offices at the airport and downtown (inside Edmonton House, 10205 100 Ave. N.W.), offers discounts to CAA and AAA members; phone (780) 890-4435 at the airport, (780) 423-3431 downtown, (800) 654-3131 in North America or (800) 654-3001 outside of North America. Contact a travel advisor at your local AAA club office to add rental cars to your travel packages.
The VIA Rail station is at 12360 121 St. N.W.; phone (888) 842-7245.
Red Arrow Express offers luxury motor coach service between Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray and Red Deer; phone (403) 531-0350 or (800) 232-1958.
Taxi companies include Co-Op Taxi Line, (780) 425-2525; Barrel Taxi (780) 489-7777; and Yellow Cab, (780) 462-3456. Taxi rates start at $3.60, plus $0.20 is charged for each additional 135 metres (about 1/12 mile) or a portion thereof. Taxis can be hailed, but phoning is recommended.
Edmonton has both bus and light-rail transit (LRT) service. Edmonton Transit System’s Customer Service Centre, on the second floor of Edmonton Tower at 10111 104 Ave., sells ETS passes and is open Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30; phone 331 within Edmonton or (780) 442-5311. Buses operate Mon.-Fri. 5:20 a.m.-1:30 a.m., Sat.-Sun. 6:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m. On holidays hours may be extended for special events. Light-rail transit operates on a similar schedule; check the website for full schedule. Fare is $3.50; free (ages 0-12). A 1-day pass is $9.75.