Commemorate your visit to top Canadian cities, by finding that perfect souvenir, from beautiful items like handcrafted jewellery and Aboriginal art to quirky pieces like CN Tower peppermills and an antique-looking family portrait.
One of the iconic images of Victoria is its Inner Harbour and Causeway–voted one of the city’s best people watching spots year after year. In addition to entertaining buskers performing for passers-by, the Causeway also features a variety of artists and artisans, painting, drawing and carving unique works right on-site. Find it within the Inner Harbour along Government St, between Humboldt and Belleville streets.
No visit to Ottawa is complete without a trip to the ByWard Market, which boasts an array of unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip. Along with a variety of stores and outdoor vendors that offer everything from clothing to maple syrup, this area also includes Le Moulin de Provence, where Barack Obama once bought the now famous maple leaf shaped cookies for his daughters.
Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia is a must-visit for unique gifts and souvenirs of a visit to Nova Scotia. The Spring Garden Road shop showcases locally created items. From pottery and pewter to woolens and woodwork, handcrafted jewellery to Nova Scotia tartan items and clothing accessories, it features works by some 143 Nova Scotian crafters.
Toronto’s most notable landmark also offers some of the city’s most memorable souvenirs. At the CN Tower gift shop, visitors can find numerous gifts, including Tower-shaped pepper mills and 3D replica puzzles, plus Canadiana souvenirs from the Red Canoe heritage brand. For a more esoteric selection, check out the Drake Hotel General Store, which offers a range of cheeky items—from dinner party games to unusual gadgets—as well as objects by local artisans.
Head to Granville Island for an abundance of tasty souvenirs. Foodies love Edible Canada at the Market for locally made oils, jams, honey, chocolate and tea. Or purchase a bottle of BC wine at Liberty Wine Merchants. Not an oenophile? Granville Island Brewing sells the in-house brewed beer by the bottle, alongside a large selection of merchandise.
Northwest Coast First Nations art and jewellery are the perfect one-of-a-kind souvenirs to commemorate your trip to Whistler. Find masks, bentwood boxes, paintings and pendants at Black Tusk Gallery in the Hilton Whistler Resort.
Visit Edmonton’s Alberta Craft Council Gallery and Shop to find unique hand crafted souvenirs created by Edmonton and Alberta artists. The shop features everything from locally crafted jewellery and hand-painted silk scarves, to appliquéd banners depicting Alberta-centric landscapes, and grain-worn wood keepsake boxes made from the wood of the iconic grain elevators that once dotted the province’s landscape, 10186 – 106 St.
The buzz in Winnipeg is all about sports with an NHL team returning and brand new football stadium under construction. Head to River City Sports for a mind-boggling selection of professional sports team apparel and souvenirs, including Blue Bomber and hot ticket Winnipeg Jets jerseys.
You can’t beat a visit to one of the Canadian Rockies’ Museum Shops in Banff & Canmore and Jasper. You’ll find great souvenirs that range from local artworks to guide, history and photo books to handcrafted jewellery—all in all, great keepsakes of the mountain towns. Better yet, feel good about your purchases that support local museums.
Take your pick at one of five period-style “shoppes” at the Haskayne Mercantile Block at the Heritage Park Historical Village. Find gourmet goodies including honey, dips, jams, jellies at the 1930s-style grocery Switzer’s. Antiques & Collectables offers wide array of silver, china, collectables and furniture, while the Corner Emporium contains treasures for kids of all ages, like vintage toys, sock monkeys, books, games and more. The Plaza Mercantile is filled with clothing, jewellery, delectable lotions, decadent bath products for both men and women. Round-off your visit with a vintage sepia portrait in old-time attire at the Park Lane Portrait Studio.