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Ontario Travel Guide

Ontario — Shopping and Leisure

Toronto is among the largest shopping havens in both Ontario and all of Canada, not only for its spacious and modern shopping malls where visitors can easily find every chain store under the sun, but for its bustling outdoor markets and multicultural neighborhoods which sell items not found anywhere else in Canada.

The biggest and best known of Toronto’s shopping malls is the glass-roofed Eaton Centre, conveniently situated on Yonge Street’s west side between Dundas and Queen streets, in the heart of downtown Toronto. St Lawrence Market is the most famous of Toronto’s outdoor markets, while Yorkville and Queen Street West are Toronto’s main fashion districts. Toronto’s tremendous Chinese population is well represented at both the city’s Chinatown, among the largest in North America, and the Pacific Mall in the suburb of Markham.

The ByWard Market, the most famous of Ottawa’s many outdoor markets, is open even in the middle of the city’s cold winters, when vendors sell fresh maple syrup at half the cost of many indoor shops. Fresh flowers and produce are ByWard Market’s most commonly found summer wares. As Canada’s national capital, Ottawa is also among the easiest places to find other typically Canadian souvenirs like stuffed beavers and moose, Royal Canadian Mounted Police memorabilia, and anything with the Canadian flag.

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