There's one thing for certain: if you like shopping, you'll like Calgary. We've got big names in retail, sure, but we've got a lot of amazing little boutiques scattered around, too. And don't forget the farmers' markets.
If you love the idea of spending an afternoon strolling from shop to shop, stopping to sip a latte or indulge in a sweet treat, then head to one of Calgary's shopping districts: Kensington (Kensington Road, N.W.), Inglewood (9 Ave. S.E.), and Uptown 17th (17 Ave. S.W.). Or, heck, put on your comfy shoes and tour all three.
If you prefer the mall, Calgary's got malls. Head north on Deerfoot Trail (Hwy. 2) past Stoney Trail to CrossIron Mills, Calgary's newest complex and the largest in Western Canada. There's just about everything here, from Bass Pro Shops to a whole series of outlet stores.
You'll also find some fabulous shopping downtown, in CORE/TD Square. Start at Holt Renfrew and work your way east, to Harry Rosen, exploring the multilevel mall along the way (and if it's winter, staying toasty warm!).
There are some great little boutiques and galleries along Stephen Avenue Walk and through the rest of the downtown core, so don't forget to venture outside.
Calgary's south has some great facilities for bargain hunters, too. Chinook Centre (6455 Macleod Trail S.W.) and Southcentre Mall (142-100 Anderson Road S.W.) are both packed to the rafters with shopping opportunity. No, we mean it – packed. You'll find books, fashion, music, sports equipment, and anything else you can put on your plastic at both malls.
Foodies, check out one of our year-round farmers' markets. Crossroads Market (1235 26 Ave. S.E.) and the Calgary Farmers' Market (Quesnay Wood Drive S.W.) both sell meats, veggies, and baked goods from local producers. Mmmm. Local artisans also have booths at both markets, so be sure to check out the pottery, art, or textiles when you're not drooling over the food.