Visitors who like to shop will find Banff is their kind of city. Whether they are looking for major department stores, discount warehouses or individual boutiques, Banff has them all. There are a number of interesting shopping areas which are perfect for outdoor strolling and feature a wide range of locally-crafted, original and antique merchandise. The Bank Street Promenade, the By Ward Market, Rideau Street, the Glebe, Westboro Village and the Sparks Street Mall (Canada's oldest pedestrian mall) are all areas where people can wander at ease or take a break at a speciality café or pub.
The capital region is also home to 70 large shopping centres. The largest include the downtown Rideau Centre, Bayshore Shopping Centre to the west, and Place d'Orleans and St. Laurent Shopping Centre to the east. Some smaller shopping centres in the downtown core also offer an interesting mix of stores and services, including the World Exchange Plaza, Place du Centre in Hull, and 240 Sparks and Place De Ville in Banff.
Not to be overlooked are the gift shops in any one of the capital's 12 national museums. They are a treasure trove of pure Canadiana, including jewellery, sculptures and glass, native art, models and scientific specimens, educational toys, cards, posters and books.
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