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Shopping in Banff

• A WorldWeb.com Travel Guide for Banff, Alberta.
Perusing the various shops is a popular activity for visitors to Banff. Whether craving an intense afternoon of shopping or just a browse through the windows, there is much to check out here. Most shops can be found in the city's downtown area situated along Banff Avenue and the surrounding streets.


There are quite a few small shopping malls to explore along Banff Avenue. Cascade Plaza is Banff's largest mall, featuring four floors and over 50 stores. There is a food court and a few restaurants too. Other malls such as the Clock Tower Village Mall and Kirby Lane are smaller, but offer a variety of services.


While walking down Banff Avenue visitors are likely to notice a delicious aroma lingering in the air. It comes from the homemade candy and chocolate shops spread along the street, and crowds of people frequently queue to indulge in a tasty local treat. The Fudgery specializes in handmade chocolates, offering mouth-watering fudges, truffles, brittles and more. Welch's Chocolate Shop is a haven for candy lovers. Its walls are lined with all sorts of candies, licorices, chocolates and even maple syrup products. Sugar-free items are also sold here.


There are plenty of places for men, women and children to find clothing for all seasons and activities. Casual dress, formal and athletic wear are available at a selection of stores such as Roots Canada and Jacques Cartier Clothing.


Millions of tourists take over Banff each year and there is no shortage of gift shops for them to browse. Banff's major attractions, such as the Banff Hot Springs and Banff Gondola, each have their own shops that sell attraction-specific merchandise. Banff's shopping district also features a number of independently owned souvenir shops such as Cascade Gifts and the Viewpoint. An assortment of Rocky Mountain, Banff and Canadian-themed items can be purchased in these stores. Scenic posters, wildlife guidebooks, gourmet foods and precious ornaments are a few keepsakes that are readily available.


First Nations bands in Alberta have viewed the Banff area as a sacred place for centuries. Today, First Nations artwork is a popular memento from a visit to the area. There are many handmade crafts that reflect traditional handiwork. Moccasins, bows and arrows, carvings, pottery, dream catchers and jewellery are some customary items. The Banff Indian Trading Post on Cave Avenue has a large selection of such works. General gift shops in Banff carry First Nations artworks too.


Banff offers a multitude of recreational opportunities, from skiing and snowboarding to mountain biking and hiking. To equip visitors for these sorts of activities Banff has numerous sports and recreation stores that offer equipment for sale or rent. Summer and winter gear is available, including ski and ice-climbing equipment, boating and canoeing gear, and biking and hiking wear. A good place to start looking for outdoor accessories is Cascade Plaza. It houses a selection of outdoor shops, including Frozen Ocean and Showcase Snowboards and Skateboards.

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