Winnipeg: Too Good Not to Stay & Shop
This holiday season Winnipeg has it all! For starters, there are great performances ahead at Centennial Concert Hall (like John Cleese, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and so much from our Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra); Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose games at Bell MTS Place (along with City and Colour and Daniel Caesar); and some sparkly new winter attractions like the Zoo Lights Festival.
Of course, you can also just treat all these events as an excuse to come get some holiday shopping done too – which is easy to do when you follow this guide.
Looking for something one-of-a-kind and locally made? Look no further than Winnipeg’s charming neighbourhoods, like The Exchange District, Corydon Avenue, Academy Road, Osborne Village and St. Boniface.
If your sweets are into sweets we implore you to head to head to St. Boniface, the city’s charming French Quarter. Here is where Chocolatier Constance Popp and her team of pastry chefs ply their trade, dishing out delightful little creations that are ideal for stocking stuffers, along with delectable centrepieces that your guest won’t believe (nor wait to dig into).
Amongst The Exchange’s storied historic facades you’ll find amazing fashions like hand painted dresses at Lennard Taylor; striking jewelry (made on site at that) from Hilary Druxman; aesthetically pleasing stationary and artsy Wes Anderson-like items at Tiny Feast; and all manner of artisanal elements – right from the makers who are making them – on the fourth floor of 290 McDermont Ave., including hip hats from Old Hat, creative ceramics from lot.15, handcrafted clothes from Commonwealth Mfg. and brilliant bags from Wilder Goods.
Also, for those of you with kids on the list, Toad Hall Toys (also in The Exchange) is pure magic when it comes to all manner of games, toys, and just general under-the-tree wizardry. #rhymetime
On Corydon Avenue you can discover unique gifts, art, fashions, and accessories at shops like Nunavut Gallery Inc., Green Apple (a skate shop that is Julia Roberts approved), and October Boutique. In between on Lilac Street you have to check out Humboldt’s Legacy, “North America’s oldest sustainable economy neighbourhood store,” where you’ll find eco-friendly and fare trade toys that little ones will relish, along with clothing, jewelry and gifts for adults too.
Some shopping gems in Osborne Village include Out of the Blue – for boho-chic fashions, accessories and shoes, Rooster Shoes – which also has some great coats too, and Shop Take Care – a vintage shop whose curation is oh-so-cool. Plus, there’s the new and oh-so-Instagram-able Small Mercies, which contains a café and gorgeous courtyard too.
The Forks has also become a mecca for shopping local too, with Winnipeg makers in The Market including Coal and Canary Candles and dconstruct jewellery. The Market also features Kite and Kaboodle – which is so much more than a simple toy store. And don’t forget about The Canadian Museum for Human Rights because its Museum Boutique features plenty of ethically sourced, fair-trade wonders from Winnipeg and all over the world.
All the Big Brands, all under one roof
If you do your best work in a mall hunting down global brands, Winnipeg also has some big-time options.
Outlet Collection Winnipeg, located in the big box store shopping mecca of South Kenaston, boasts 400,000 sq. ft. of swish indoor retail space (with coat check included!). Here, you’ll find more than 100 brands – including Kate Spade, Lacoste, Guess, Under Armor and Michael Kors. Just five minutes from downtown is where you’ll find CF Polo Park, central Canada’s largest shopping mall. It’s quite a place, with brands including Aritzia, Apple, Disney, H&M, Anthropologie, Fossil, Urban Outfitters, Banana Republic, and Coach – to name but a few.
Holiday Shop & Stay Promotion
Winnipeg hotels including The Fort Garry Hotel, Victoria Inn Hotel, Four Points Sheraton South, Holiday Inn Winnipeg South, Best Western Plus Airport and Mainstay Suites Winnipeg all have fabulous deals ready for you this fall/winter.
Check out these Holiday Shop & Stay Deals here then book today!