When the leaves turn to gold, yellow and brown, turn your attention to Calgary’s shopping scene. Autumn is the ideal time to take advantage of sweater weather by grabbing a friend and hitting a mall. You’ll find exactly what you’re looking for, whether it’s your favourite brands or something from a one-of-a-kind shop. 

Whether Calgary is your stomping grounds or you’re visiting, we’ve compiled a guide to ensure you get the most out of your shopping experience this fall at three of Calgary’s premier shopping centres. 

The CORE – TD Square/Holt Renfrew

324 8 Ave S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2Z2

The CORE is Calgary’s urban retail destination located in the heart of downtown. With an international retail collection, The CORE boasts 160 stores, including the flagship Holt Renfrew and Harry Rosen. The CORE offers an authentic indoor/outdoor urban experience with Devonian Gardens – an indoor city park – giving you a break as you step into a tropical oasis. The largest point supported skylight in the world, the Gardens are located on the fourth floor and act as a beautiful snow globe in the winter months. Note that Devonian Gardens is closed for renovations during the fall and will reopen in the winter months. 

Need shopping advice for the latest fall trends, or perhaps the perfect gift idea this season? The CORE has you covered. Their digital blog is updated approximately every week and offers fashion advice from industry experts and currently features highlighted fall fashion trends. Check out their fall footwear top picks and how to layer to keep warm in the crisp fall mornings, but cool and comfortable as the day warms up.

As fall is a busy season, the CORE and Hy’s Steakhouse (located on the ground floor) are happy to welcome shoppers to come in, unwind, and warm up with a weekly happy hour accompanied by live local music weekdays from 3PM to 7PM from September 26 to December 30. Also featured this fall, the CORE calls all art lovers for a show featuring work from Robert Bateman at Editions Gallery location on the third floor.

CF Chinook Centre

6455 Macleod Trail S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2H 0K8

CF Chinook Centre was voted Calgary’s favourite shopping centre in the Calgary Herald 2013-14 Reader’s Choice Awards, and it’s easy to see why. CF Chinook Centre lives up to its reputation as one of Canada's super centres. Its 250 retailers, 17 screen cinema, and a $277 million expansion in 2010 ensure you’re bound to find something unique for yourself or as a gift. 

If you’re new to the recent 21,000 sq. ft. expansion that added 71 new offerings, or looking to plan your very first visit to CF Chinook Centre, don’t be intimidated! The mall is committed to ensuring you have an enjoyable shopping experience. Send them a text at 403-910-9022 for directions, shopping centre information, fashion tips, or even gift advice. The guest service representatives are eager to help you in real-time during their hours of operation.

A celebrated part of the new expansion is one of CF Chinook Centre’s flagship stores – Nordstrom – one of only four in Canada. The stunning retail store offers a high-end luxury shopping experience with high-quality lineup of apparel, shoes, accessories, cosmetics, and unparalleled customer service. Short on time? Utilize Nordstrom’s personal stylists by simply booking an appointment. When your appointment day arrives, your stylist will have a dressing room filled with options chosen just for you. Whether you have 10 minutes, 30 minutes, or 1 hour, Nordstrom experts will ensure you learn how to define, refine or add a touch of glow to your look this fall.

This fall, CF Chinook Centre will be hosting the Poppy Campaign Parade on Saturday, October 29 at approximately 10AM at the Centre Court located on the ground floor. Also featured this fall is a Halloween event appropriate for all little ghouls and ghosts on Monday, October 31. 

CF Chinook Centre’s annual Black Friday shopping event returns on Friday, November 25. This also marks the first day Santa Clause makes his appearance at the mall – a great opportunity to get your family snapshot taken early to send off to family and friends in anticipation of Christmas.

CrossIron Mills

261055 CrossIron Blvd
Rocky View, Alberta T4A 0G3

Just 20 minutes north of Downtown Calgary, CrossIron Mills is all about the wow factor. From the moment you approach the centre, it’s clear this is not your average shopping destination. 

At 1.4 million square feet, and 674 acres, CrossIron Mills is huge! In fact, it’s the biggest one-level shopping centre in Alberta, and was the first shopping centre of its kind in Western Canada. With more than 200 specialty stores, over 150 premium brand outlets, and 17 large-format anchor stores, CrossIron Mills offers something for every shopper. The centre is home to many Alberta firsts, including Bass Pro Shops, Calvin Klein Outlet, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Pro Hockey Life, True Religion Brand Jeans Outlet, Hugo Boss Outlet, Coach Factory, and Coach Men’s

The centre also has many “biggest-in-Alberta” retailers including the largest Toys ‘R’ Us, Babies ‘R’ Us, La Senza, The Children’s Place, Tommy Hilfiger Outlet, Laura Superstore, and Forever 21.

Whether you’re looking for something specific, or plan to spend the day browsing the stores (don’t worry – portable phone chargers are available at guest services if your battery runs low from snapping pics of everything on your wish list), we recommend checking out the mall’s digital promotions page. New promotions are being added daily from a variety of stores. 

Not from around here, or have family or friends coming for a visit this fall season? CrossIron Mills is the place to be. CrossIron Mills offers exclusive offers for tourists and out-of-towners. With a Passport to Savings Booklet, shoppers receive tons of great savings and a free tote bag to carry new purchases around. Additionally, the guest service team welcomes groups traveling together with a free tour escort, a $10 gift card, and other fashionable perks. 

Need a kick-start to your fall shopping? CrossIron Mills offers industry leading fashion advice, health and beauty insiders and lifestyle tips. Current trending articles include how to choose the right sunglasses to fit your face shape and the simple way to break in new shoes

Book you shopping getaway to Calgary now with Air Canada - Tourism Calgary's official airline partner. With flights from more than 35 destinations directly into YYC Calgary International Airport, Air Canada makes sure you (and all your new purchases) can easily get in and out of the city.  

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