Shopping in Manitoba

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Although Manitoba is an outdoor enthusiast's dream with over 100,000 lakes, diverse topography and exciting wildlife like polar bears, the province also caters to urbanites with a penchant for shopping. Manitoba's regions offer a plethora of retail outlets, from quirky local boutiques to popular chain stores.

WINNIPEG

Manitoba's largest and most populous city, Winnipeg is the province's shopping hotspot. During the city's freezing winters and sweltering summers, shoppers can feel comfortable year round in Winnipeg's array of malls. The largest mall in the city (and province) is Polo Park Shopping Centre, which offers over 200 stores and services. Polo Park features a blend of small retail outlets and large department stores, a cinema and bowling alley. The St. Vital Centre, Portage Place, Kildonan Place and other malls be found around the city. Big-box stores such as Walmart and Canadian Tire and factory outlet shops like Le Chateau Outlet and Addition-Elle Outlet are also a growing part of the city's shopping scene.

Visitors who want to enjoy a sunny day while shopping in the city can browse an assortment of districts. The Exchange District with its historical buildings and boutiques and Academy Road with its designer fashion shops and specialty grocery stores are just a couple of the popular shopping areas to explore. Whether after jewellery, antiques, books or sports gear, shoppers in Winnipeg have plenty to choose from.

CENTRAL PLAINS


Located west of Winnipeg, the Central Plains offer the allurement of the peaceful outdoors and charming communities to discover. Portage la Prairie's Portage La Prairie Mall and downtown area both have lively shopping vibes, and the city of Winkler's shopping directory includes the Southland Mall, large chain stores and local gems like Gingerwood Lane, which sells giftware and antiques. The town of Morden offers chain stores and local shops downtown and the weekly Morden Farmers' Market from June to October. Carman, Altona and Morris are other communities in the Central Plains with shopping scenes worth exploring.

WESTERN REGION

Visitors in the Western Region of Manitoba can shop to their hearts' content at a bundle of outlets. Brandon's Shoppers Mall has a mix of large chain stores and independent shops selling fashion, shoes, home decor, electronics, gifts and other everyday products. Another popular shopping spot is the Corral Centre, which features big-box stores like Future Shop. North of Brandon in the city of Dauphin, visitors can find bargains in music, sports, food, jewellery and fashion stores downtown. The Dauphin Market Place offers over 30 stores and services with major retailers such as Wal-Mart, The Bargain Shop and Safeway among the mix. As travellers tour the Western Region's spectacular scenery of lakes and parkland they can visit Swan River, Minnedosa, Neepawa, Russell, Carberry and various neighbouring communities for a break and some shopping.

EASTERN REGION

While the Eastern Region is a popular recreational escape with swimming, hiking, skiing and lying on the beach among chosen activities, the area also shares with visitors a line-up of wonderful shops. The city of Steinbach is the largest centre in the Eastern Region and boasts the 20,532-sq-m (221,000-sq-ft) Clearspring Centre, which has a collection of conventional stores such as Mark's Work Wearhouse, Sobeys and Liquidation World. As visitors explore the streets of Steinbach they can browse stores specializing in home furnishings, giftware, fabric, crafts, pet care and other products. Beausejour, Dominion City, Lac Du Bonnet, Niverville, Island Lake, Pine Falls, Sprague and other communities in the Eastern Region have intriguing local specialty stores.

INTERLAKE REGION

Nestled between Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba, the Interlake Region has scenic coastlines, grasslands, woods and a profusion of other natural attractions. As visitors tour the region's diverse landscape they may want to fit in some retail therapy. The city of Selkirk has a platter of retail options ranging from candy stores to discount shops and outlets. The town of Stonewall offers arts and crafts, gift stores and other local shopping opportunities, while the community of Gimli shares with visitors its Icelandic heritage in an assortment of specialty shops. The communities of Arborg, Riverton, Teulon and Winnipeg Beach are other shopping gems in the Interlake Region.

NORTHERN REGION

Stretching from the Saskatchewan border to the Ontario border, the Northern Region is Manitoba's largest. Visitors can try captivating activities like polar bear watching and viewing the Northern Lights, and do some shopping in between. Nicknamed the Hub of the North, Thompson's retail centres cater to a large surrounding area. Thompson's City Centre Mall presents shoppers with national and international chain stores as well as small specialty stores. The community of Flin Flon, which straddles the Manitoba and Saskatchewan border, offers visitors the drawcard of shopping in two provinces. South of Thompson sits the vibrant town of The Pas, gateway to the north. Visitors can squeeze in some shopping at The Pas' Otineka Mall and other retail outlets before venturing out to see the region's rugged beauty.

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