Mall Shopping, Winnipeg
Malls are not big unlike in the Philippines that is why at first I am not really into shopping the first time I arrived here. But now I am getting used to it.
Kildonan Place is the nearest mall to our place. What I like about Kildonan place is that there are many other shop, stores and restaurants around the area like Sports check, wallmart, superstore, value village (all second hand), sears, zellers etc. . It has more than 100 stores and services. This is the largest shopping center on north east Winnipeg. It has a play area for kids called Camp KP and nice services.
The mall is open from
Monday to Friday 10:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 9:30am - 6:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 6:00p
It has 160 stores and considered as Manitoba's complete shopping experience. It anchor tenants like the bay, sears and wallmart as well. It has also a silver city 10-screen cinema. the mall ha 550 seats food hall that has two 50 feet high fireplaces made from handpicked Manitoba tyndall stone. Aeropostale recently opened their store here.
It's open from
Mon - Fri: 10am - 9pm
Sat: 9:30am - 6pm
Sun: 12noon - 6pm
It is located in the heart of downtown Winnipeg. Aside from Winnipeg Square, this will be the closest shopping centre for you when staying in Downtown. A little bit small but it has over 100 services, restaurants and stores. It also has IMAX, Globe Cinema and Prairie theatre exchange that has staged some of Canada's most celebrated and innovative plays. You can check the current season on their website.
One can also take advantage of the free heated underground weekend parking and skywalk access to the MTS Centre.
It is the largest shopping centre of Manitoba.The location is very accessible and with over 200 stores and services including cinemas, fashion stores restaurants, the bay etc. Its cinema is called Silver City located near the parking area. It's open from
Mon-Fri 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat 9:30 AM- 6:00 PM
Sun 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
This mall is a very large and crowded mall.
It was so fun to people watch here, since there was no shortage of people (at least the day I was there).
It was very hard to find a parking spot when we were there.
What to buy: I found lots of little knick knacks, and clothes for friends, and myself.
What to pay: however much you want.
There is a fairly big mall downtown called Portage place (100 shops). It is connected through overhead passages to other shopping such as the 45 shops of Winnipeg Square.
A couple of miles west of downtown is Polo Park. 200 shops in an enclosed mall - the biggest mall in Winnipeg. The southeast end of the city has St. Vital Centre with 170 shops. Eastern Winnipeg has Kildonan Place with 100 shops. There are a couple others - Grant Park and Garden City shopping centres with 70 shops each.
What to buy: There are things that are worth buying in Canada like jam. Standard jam in Canada will have the ingredients fruit, sugar, pectin -- usually in that order. I have been told that jam in the US has less fruit than in Canada.
Of course there are the normal tourist-type products. Like real maple syrup, blueberries, etc. Actually, I am not a real expert at what good things there are to buy in Winnipeg as I live here.
What to pay: Winnipeg is a good place to shop. It has a reputation as a sale city. Locals do not buy unless they think the item is on sale.
The US$/Canadian$ exchange is a moving target these days. I'm sure you can find a website somewhere with the up-to-date rate, but as of Nov. 2007, the Canadian dollar is worth more than the US$ and it has recently reached its maximum value (in terms of the US$) in the past 100 years.
Now Canadians are shopping in the States a lot. Canadian retailers will probably have purchased their Christmas stock when the US$ was worth $1.15 Cdn. per US $ (a few months ago), so shopping in the United States is a bargain for the next few months anyways. Only problem is that the lineups at the US/Canada border customs agents can be hours long.
This shopping centre has never failed to please me. Before coming to Italy, I realized I should buy jeans, just in case my styles and size were not available. I had no doubt that Sears at Polo Park would accomodate me.
I was not disappointed. Many styles, optional sizes, and distorting mirrors. I was in denim heaven. I searched for, and found, a change room dimly lit, to hide certain deformities that I'd rather let baggy shirts cover up. Five pair tried, four pair found. Success.
More pleasant surprises at the cashier, 40% 'off ' this weekend. What could be better.
What to buy: Winnipeg is known as a discount city. Places like Costco and sales of 'factory seconds' are necessary for happy citizens. Everything seems to be on sale, and usually the sales include actual discounted items.
What to pay: It is cheaper to buy in Winnipeg than just about any other city in Canada.
You go to the mall to shop, and find a typical mall setting. Yes, Winnipeg's malls are just like the ones back home, but cheaper. Everything is priced using CAD which is less than USD. For $20 CAD is about equal to $14.50 USD, so I went for the sales and found some spectacular buys. Watch out for sales tax, which is 7% and threw me off for a while. All in all, even after taxes, everything is cheaper in Canada!
What to buy: Clothes, DVDs, CD's, Jewelry, Shoes, ANYTHING!!
What to pay: Prices are usually listed higher than in the US, but remember, their money is worth less than ours so you're usually still getting a deal. Their sales will save you even more!
A liquor store for alcohol lovers. They offer variety of both local and imported alcoholic beverages. It can be found in many areas in Winnipeg like the one near Kildonan Place.