Only second to Russia in terms of size, Canada’s vast land area is not as widely populated as you’d imagine. This, however, enables the country to maintain its incredibly rich natural beauty, offering the perfect combination of bustling city life and tranquil and picturesque landscapes. Similar to its extensive size, Canada’s malls offer visitors as generous an experience. From go-kart tracks and water parks to rooftop agricultural gardens and dog-friendly malls, you’re bound to find something that fits your needs! Trip101 has compiled the top shopping malls in Canada for you, with activities you wouldn’t typically find in your every day malls.
1. CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto
CF Toronto Eaton Centre, better known as Eaton Centre, is an unmatched shopping stop in Toronto. It’s home to some world-renowned brands as well as independent and unique stores. Such a vast selection ensures it caters to every type of shopper and occasion. It’s beautifully designed glass atrium gives the mall a lot of natural lighting, making your visit even more pleasant. Perfect for wandering solo or with families, for retail therapy, or simply for a good meal, Eaton Centre is a must-visit when you’re in Toronto.9
2. West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton
West Edmonton Mall is the largest mall in North America, with plenty of activities and attractions conveniently located in one location. Pamper yourself with some well-deserved shopping and indulge in items from global chains to one-of-a-kind brands. Its dining selection is equally as varied, offering over 100 coffee shops, fast food options, and full-service restaurants. So whether you’re after a simple snack or a family dinner, you’d be spoilt for choice with the array of options. And it does not stop there! If shopping is not on your itinerary, there are many other activities and attractions one can enjoy here: an ice rink that’s open all year round, an underground aquarium, a waterpark, bowling alley, and more. The mall also has accommodation options just a few steps away, only adding to the wonderful convenience of having everything in one place.
3. Square One Shopping Centre, Mississauga
Known simply as Square One, this mall is next in line for large complexes after West Edmonton. Apart from the wide selection of shops, the complex also contains a Food District – a collection of cuisines for all types of palettes! The mall has plenty of entertainment facilities to bring out your more playful side. The Rec Room consists of virtual reality, video and redemption games and Playdium has over 40,000 square feet (3,716 square metres) worth of entertainment such as mini-golf, go-karting and many more!
4. Metropolis at Metrotown, Burnaby
If you’re in search of a mall for everything, search no more. Metropolis at Metrotown is British Columbia’s largest mall. With over 450 stores to choose from across three city blocks, you’ll be spoilt for choice. If shopping is not your thing, you can pamper yourself at one of the spas or salons, or catch a movie at the theatre.
5. Upper Canada Mall, Newmarket
6. CF Rideau Centre, Ottawa
CF Rideau Centre attracts over 20 million visitors a year. This complex consists of over 180 retailers, Westin Hotel, a rooftop park, and Shaw Centre. Centrally located in the heart of downtown and open seven days a week, including most holidays, Rideau Centre is the go-to mall for your favourite stores all year round. It’s food options won’t disappoint either, with an 850-seat dining hall and 16 premium eateries, you’re bound to find a delicious meal for any occasion.
7. CF Richmond Centre, Richmond
If you’re in Richmond, a good mall to visit would be Richmond Centre. Conveniently located and easily accessible via sky train and nearby bus stops, this place also has a generous amount of parking spots for cars. It’s a hassle free journey to meet all your shopping needs. You can find all the familiar brands in one place, from the likes of H&M, Zara, Uniqlo, and more all available inside.
8. Le Centre Eaton de Montreal, Montreal
Le Centre Eaton de Montreal, also known as Montreal Eaton Centre, not only sets the benchmark but is the core of Montreal’s shopping landscape. You’ll be able to shop at all your favourite stores such as Uniqlo, Decathalon, and Sephora amongst many others. This place is also home to Time Out Market – a collection of cuisines carefully selected by the editors of Time Out, a media company renowned for curating the best in different cities. When you’re done after a day of shopping and eating delicious meals, take a walk through Microhabitat, the agricultural garden comprising of 30 pots of fine herbs and seasonal fruits and vegetables located on the rooftop.
9. Outlet Collection at Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lake
No shopping trip will be complete without a visit to an outlet mall, which typically hosts a collection of the best brands at unbeatable prices. Niagara Outlet Collection is home to brands such as Reebok, Hugo Boss, Tumi and plenty more! It’s outdoor design also allows for more room, making your shopping experience more pleasant by not feeling claustrophobic. Just be sure to dress warmly during winter months! Another interesting fact about the outlet is its pet policy – dogs are allowed inside the mall, but only certain shops allow dogs inside.
10. Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Toronto
As one of the largest malls in all of Canada, Yorkdale is naturally home to an impressive number of shops, making it the absolute go-to for serious shoppers in Canada. With over 250 stores, it is at the forefront of fashion. It’s no surprise why it also generates the largest number of sales in the country. The mall also offers various shopping services such as hands-free shopping, personal styling, and group tourist privileges.