Sunset in Swift Current, SK. by Shari Green via Flickr Creative Commons

Shopping malls containing most of the regular big box stores and chain establishments located elsewhere in North America can be found in Regina, Saskatoon, and most smaller Saskatchewan cities. Two of Regina’s shopping centers, Old City Hall and Scarth Street Mall, are pedestrian-only, while the Cornwall Centre is connected to the Delta Hotel and Casino Regina by covered walkways. Midtown Plaza is Saskatoon’s major shopping mall.

Most of Regina’s independent boutiques and shops are situated in its Old Warehouse District or Cathedral Village neighborhoods, both easily traversed on foot. Saskatoon also has its fair share of unique shopping opportunities, from Broadway Avenue’s intimate boutiques to independent bookstores like Turning the Tide and McNally Robinson. The Trading Post on Saskatchewan’s Second Avenue offers one of the province’s largest varieties of beads, moccasins, artwork, and other one-of-a-kind crafts made by First Nations groups throughout the area.

Regina’s RCMP Heritage Centre gift shop is one of the best places in all of Canada to find souvenirs of the country’s legendary mounted police. Both their online shop and physical location sell a wide variety of RCMP reading material, stationary, Christmas decorations, playing cards, clothing, and badges. Tea bags, crayons, and even a Mountie-themed chess set are among the more unusual items on sale at the gift shop, which also has stuffed Musical Ride horses and bears wearing RCMP uniforms.

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