Bulk Barn.: What a brilliant idea.
Readers of my pages here on Virtual Tourist will know that I rarely post shopping tips as shopping really is not my idea of fun. However, on a recent trip to Canada I was travelling round the Maritime Provinces with VT member RavensWing in a campervan (RV) and naturally we had to eat. We had loaded the vehicle up from a supermarket and I had been struck by the quantities of everything. I live alone and have no problem obtaining small tins or packages of food here in the UK but I was wondering how single people managed in Canada as you could only buy family size of everything.
One day I mentioned this and asked if there was anywhere where you could get smaller amounts as I needed a little of something (curry powder I think) for a meal I was preparing that evening. Lynne told me about the Bulk Barn, a frtanchise we do not have in the UK and we visited one. What a revelation, I was absolutely amazed by it. As the name implies, they buy in bulk and you go in, fill polythene bags from huge bins with as much or as little as you need and it is then weighed and you are charged accordingly. What a brilliant idea. As well as meaning you only get what you need and avoid food waste (which I hate) the prices are also very competitive as they are not spending on packaging. It is simply a brilliant idea and it was always my first port of call when resupplying the galley.
As well as the very competitive prices generally, look out for books of coupons at the entrance which entitle you to even further discounts
I love it.
What to buy: The range in the Bulk Barn is phenomenal ranging from essectials like flour and sugar through nuts, dried fruits, soup mixes, sauce and gravy mixes, spices, sweets (candies), breakfast cereals and Heaven knows what else. It really is an Aladdin's cave.
What to pay: It is cheaper than a conventional supermarket as you only buy what you need.Related to:
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T & T Supermarket: Ethnic Food Suppliers
T & T ia an ethnic, essentially Chinese, now 1 stores countrywide, and recently taken over by Loblaw Companies Ltd is Canada’s largest food distributor
What to buy: i get in my mailbox a weekly newsletter
A deli that serves continuously Hot prepared foods fro eating in store or take out,
Large Bakery /Asian patisserie,
Seafood counters , always with one or two good in store specials
Butchery that serves meats suitable for Asian cooking, Pork that is antibiotic free
Fresh produce, fruits and veggies - many exotic itmes
but Recipes are also online
What to pay: Specials are a good deal, but normal prices are higher than other Ethnic food supermarketsRelated to:
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- Food and Dining
- Family Travel
Vistor Rebate Program
What to pay: All visitors may claim a refund of the goods and services tax (GST) and/or, the harmonized sales tax (HST) which they paid on eligible goods, must provide proof that they exported their goods from Canada. This is referred to as Proof of Export.
Proof of Export began at Canada's nine major international airports. Non-resident visitors departing from one of these airports, must have their goods available for inspection and their original receipts validated by a Canada Customs official as they leave Canada.
Roger`s Chocolates: Chocolate Treats !
When we bought a ticket for the Vancouver trolley, we got a coupon book for free gifts and tariff reductions, among them a voucher for a gift from Roger`s Chocolates. Roger`s is a Canadian institution for fine chocolates and pralinés since the late 19th century. We instantly went to the chocolate store, ate our free pralinè and went out of the chop with 20 $ worth of chocolate. The coupon obviously was not a great bargain for us, but their fine chocolates and truffels really taste excellent. Worth a visit !!! They have stores in Vancouver (in Gastown), Victoria, Banff and several other Canadian cities.Related to:
- Food and Dining
West Edmonton Mall: Canada's Largest Shopping Mall!
It's the world's largest entertainment and shopping centre and Alberta's number one tourist attraction, featuring over 800 stores and services, over 110 eating establishments, plus seven world class attractions. It's the only mall of its kind - both a shopper's dream and a world of excitement and adventure.
This amazing structure - often called the "8th Wonder of the World" - spans the equivalent of 48 city blocks in the prestigious west end of the City of Edmonton (metro population over 995,000), in the Province of Alberta.
I've been there a couple of time now and enjoyed the dophin show, bungy jumping and the fantasy land hotel.
My VT Edmonton Page!
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THE PACIFIC CENTRE MALL,VANCOUVER: your ROOTS in vancouver
When in Vancouver you must visit the Pacific centre mall,roam around and checkout the shops,stop and taste the many culinary distractions which temp your palate,and of course get the required item of ROOTS clothing too.
What to buy: Clothing(ROOTS brand is a must)it's like you haven't really been unless you do.Related to:
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- Road Trip
Official Currency Of Canada: Canadian Dollar
Known to America as Monopoly Money, the Canadian Dollar is the official currency of Canada. Please visit the Currency Converter to check current exchange rate with world currencies.Related to:
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West Edmonton Mall: In Edmonton
Visit the largest shopping mall in the World. I believe it is the only mall with an indoor roller coaster, among other entertainment facilities.
They have a swimming pool and an ice rink as well as lots of stores.
What to buy: There are over 800 stores, more than 110 places to eat, and 7 theme park attractions.
For infomation call:
Downtown shopping: Buy Canadian
There are many gift and clothing stores on the main drag offering fine clothing.jewellery,souviners,canadian made coats and boots,sports clothing and crafts.
What to buy: Canadian woolens,crafts,liquor,strawberry jams,English toffee,Canadian chocolate,and Old Dutch salt and vinegar chips.
What to pay: US$=about 1.58 Can.--a good value.Many US citizens buy cars,trucks,boats,snowmobiles and furniture in Canada because of thevalue plus there is a tax and GST(goods &service tax)refund.US citizens are allowed 200$ back per day per person
ecologics/ earthenwear: Hemp it up baby!
This shop had clothing made from hemp, energy bars made from hemp, lil furniture made from hemp byproducts. We were more than impressed! What made it even more special was the fact that after a late dinner we had stumbled across an indian food place and as we walked out, we saw this shop, with the sign "closed".Zal had to stick her nose right against the window for a good 10 minutes scouring the entire space.The guy inside did a hand gesture signifying "we are closed".And zal pleads with hand gestures,"5 minutes, pls.Can u open for just 5 minutes".I'm like, ok we can do this in Asia, but Canadians, i dont think they're gonna open their shop for u at 11pm! But guess what, the fellas did. And boy did we buy a few things. We loved the place.Cld never find anything like this in Singapore!
The decor too had this au naturel feel about it. reminded me a little about Fremantle (in Western Australia) where pple went around barefoot. These guys seemed an outcrop from Freo!
What to buy: Well from this shop, u can get excellent shirts that last you a lifetime cos hemp is just good that way. We bought pants, shirts, lil stationery things. IT also carried household stuff, but sicne we were travellers, we were only interested in things we could carry. Mainly clothes & arts and crafts.
What to pay: It's very reasonably priced. We got shirts for less than Can$25 and they were good material. An energy bar cost me Can$2. Was real good!
Canada One Factory Outlets: Bargains
The reason that this is an excellent place to shop is because there are a whole bunch of brand name stores everything they sell is priced directly from the factory. Nike, Levi's, Reebok, Roots, Danier.... and a lot more!!!
What to pay: It is actually much cheaper to shop at canada One because you get things at factory price, so they are much cheaper than if you buy them at a regular store!
Le Baie: Sainte Catherine Street in Montreal
All the latest fashions.
What to buy: Fur coats. leather coats ladies apparel.
What to pay: All you can afford. The Canadian dollar is cheap.
not lcbo that s fer sure: Search for the little shops
What to pay: just bring enough canadian dollars and/or your creditcard.......and don t forget the provincial and local taxes added to the price asked!Related to:
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