The Coach Outlet store in the Canada One shopping outlet centre is fabulous.
If you are looking for a stylish handbag or wallet at greatly reduced prices then this is the place to shop.
You can also browse up to 40 other name brand stores in the outlet centre.
What to buy: Coach brand handbags and wallets.
What to pay: $10.00CAN - $300.00CAN
You can find many outlet's not only on the Canadian side (following the signs off the highway), but also across the border. Since our Canadian dollar went up I ventured to Prime Outlets on Military road. A great place to do some clothing shopping.
What to pay: 7% tax and American dollars.
only Hershey Store of its kind... 650 meters of chocolate fun!
The Hershey Store is a chocolate-lover's paradise. Enter through the 4-story high Hershey Bar, under the giant Hershey's Kiss perched on the corner of the building.
What to buy: Once inside shop for freshly made chocolate sweets and confections at the fresh food counter.
The heavenly aromas of chocolate and fresh-baked cookies will envelope you as you browse through gifts created just for the Hershey Store.
Unique merchandise, souvenirs and memorabilia.
Souvenir stores galore everywhere at Clifton Hill, there's a pretty extensive one where you get off the Maid of the Mist. Prices seem to be about the same everywhere, so you might as well buy here if you find something you like.
What to buy: They seem to have thought of everything possible, from the usual postcards (very pretty!), fridge magnets, T-shirts (somehow I found these tacky), mugs, photo frames, notebooks, coffee table photo books, to the more unusual (or unique) bottles of Niagara Falls water! Couldn't resist buying a bottle of that, a notebook, plus some postcards and fridge magnets to give away to friends back home.
What to pay: The cheapest items are the postcards, fridge magnets and bottles of Niagara water, which cost a few CAD each.
Canadian and native crafts. You'll find Niagara's one of the best selection of gifts and souvenirs at "The Secret Garden Gift Shop".
What to buy: Indian crafts and carvings, leather jackets, vests, purses, mocassins, gloves and more!
What to pay: depend
The Always Refreshing Soda Shop is located on Falls Avenue and is attached to the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview hotel.
What to buy: For the collector there is an abundance of licensed merchandise including coca-cola memorabilia to choose from
Canadian Treasures - uniquely Canadian specialty boutiques
What to buy: A section dedicated to souvenirs of one of our national icons - Royal Canadian Mounted Police .
Beautiful Canadian glassware, diamonds, jewellery and artwork
Limited edition carvings and Native collectables
Canada's world-famous brand of wearables and accessories
What to pay: depend
There are two duty free shops, one on each side of the Rainbow bridge.
Americans shop on the Canadian side, Canadians shop on the American side and tourists from other countries shop on which ever side is the opposite of their hotel.
Both are fairly large stores, offering a wide selection of items from candy bars to perfume.
Their hours are from 7am to 11pm.
What to buy: Like most Duty Free Stores, you need to know your prices. Just because it's 'Duty Free' does NOT mean it's the cheapest place to buy. Best bargains are normal items that are heavily taxed such as liquor and cigarettes.
The best buy I found was 'ice wine'. Real ice wine is a product of Canada, and this store had the best selection of ice wines I've seen in any duty free shop in the world. Also the prices were noticeably lower too.
Duty Free Stores:
There are several duty free shops in the Niagara region that are open year round. Visitors will enjoy the wide variety of quality goods that these shops offer, including liquor, beer, wine, cosmetics, jewellery, fragrances, tobacco, souvenirs and much more. All goods purchased are duty and tax free. Be sure to take advantage of the instant visitor tax refund and the currency exchange services. But due to limited Time, I only Went to this one Beside Rainbow Bridge:
Open daily from 7 am to midnight year round.
Niagara Duty Free Shop
Hwy 420 at the Rainbow Bridge
Peace Bridge Duty Free Shop
QEW Hwy at the Peace Bridge
Peninsula Duty Free Shop
Address: Queenston-Lewiston Bridge, Queenston
What to buy: liquor, beer, wine, cosmetics, jewellery, fragrances, tobacco, souvenirs and much more at duty free prices!
What to pay: slightly cheaper since there is no GST!
While I was in Canada, after I bought something sellers insisted on me saving the receipts (which I always do even without their advice). I couldn't figure out why. So I came to one of the employees of Duty Free store and asked about this peculiarity. On whay she nicely responded, that if I am going to export products from Canada, and those products are eligible, I may get a refund of taxes paid. I was happy first. However, I found out that any of my purchases in Canada, which were gas and food are not eligible for a refund. Well, such a life. But for those who like shopping and have no idea about details I give following information:
Short term accommodation (less than 30 days) and goods being exported from Canada are G.S.T. exempt. Obtain your G.S.T. Rebate forms from area gift shops, local hotels & motels, and various duty free shops.
Instant cash rebates can be claimed at Canadian Duty Free Stores located at international border crossings. The following guidelines will assist in the processing of your claim.
What to buy: Rebates are paid immediately on sums of $14.00 and over to a maximum of $500
Rebates apply to goods purchased for use outside Canada and removed from Canada. ($50 or more)
All receipts must be originals.
Receipts must clearly show that G.S.T was paid, or included in the price.
Proof of residency and photo identification are required.
Rebates are paid on short term accommodation only (less than 30 days per accommodation).
Frequent visitors may accumulate sales receipts over a calendar year and make a single claim through the mail-in program.
Rebates are NOT paid on the following items: Services other than short term accommodation, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, motor fuels, basic groceries, prescription drugs, medical devices, agricultural and fish products and certain goods and collectibles that tend to increase in value, including paintings, jewellery etc.
Everyplace you go in Niagara Falls is trying to sell you some touristy crap. The stuff is not even good quality, it's shoddy at best. Snow Globes, spoons, t-shirts, little bottles of water that "actually went over the falls", heck I could hardly find a good magnet!
Any attraction you go to will dump you out in a gift shop at the end. Manuevering your way out is a process.
A small duty free shop across the street from HRC.
Here, non-resident visitors can receive the Goods and Services Tax (GST, 7%) paid back in cash by presenting the receipts.
In some cases, the Ontario Provincial Sales Tax (PST, 8%) is also paid back.
Conditions for Instant Rebate:
1) Accommodation "room charges" and "goods" receipts must total $200.00 before taxes.
2) However, for a "goods" receipt to qualify, each receipt must be $50.00 or more, before taxes.
What to buy: Canadian Ice Wine
Perfume only available at Canadian duty free shop
When you are shopping anywhere in Ontario always remember there is goods and service tax (GST) as well as Provincial Sales Tax (PST) so in total I think its around 15% tax. Which can definitey add up.
THE place for chocolate lovers! This huge Hershey store has it all - from the traditional plain Hershey bar (somes in all sizes) to freshly-made Hershey fudge (ask for a free sample!) and Hershey milkshakes. Delicious!
What to buy: You must try a strawberry dipped in chocolate!
What to pay: It can get pretty pricey but it's so worth it!
Perhaps it is just me, but I found that the cost of things were cheaper on the Canadian side of the river.
What to buy: In general, food and drink, souveniers, clothing and everything else.
What to pay: I worked it out at about a quarter cheaper, though I was working across two foreign currencies.
I found this to be true in Niagara Falls, and would expect it along the rest of the border, but have not experienced it.