Whether you are shopping for food, wine, clothing, or anything else, British Columbia can provide many of things that can fit anyone’s tastes. Since BC is a large province, often referred to as the “sunshine coast”, it also happens to be one of the most culturally diverse places you’ll find in the world. It may be difficult to know where to actually start your shopping trip; but, with a few tips, your shopping experience will be a great one. Did you know that Vancouver, BC, has one of the largest shopping centers in all of BC? The Metropolis, at Metrotown, has well over 470 stores that consist of world class restaurants, courtyards, boutiques, and more.
Besides shopping at The Metropolis, there are plenty of other coastal and interior towns that offer shopping. Make your way up to the world class skiing village in Whistler, BC and you can find The Whistler Village. One of the more appealing aspects of Whistler shopping is that it offers pedestrian only shopping; which means there isn’t a car in sight. There really isn’t a need to use a car as all the different types of shops are easily accessible by foot including arts and crafts shops, chocolate shops, clothes, and more. There are over 200 shops in the Whistler area.
British Columbia Discount Shopping
If you are a shopper who likes to save money, then discount shopping is for you and without a doubt, BC has some of the best discount shopping for your money. There are many discount and consignment shops located throughout British Columbia. Some of the more popular cities for discount shopping stores in British Columbia include Victoria and Vancouver. The stores which you can find in these two major cities range from Salvation Army stores and consignments shops, to stores like Wal-Mart and Dollar Stores.
Discount shopping means looking for great deals, store coupons and sales; and there are many sites on the web, including sites like BC tourism, city and individual stores, which will help narrow down your search for coupons and sales. Shopping for discounts online is another way to find great deals before taking one of the best trips you’ll ever have.
If you love Asian shopping and the unique shops that can be found in the commercial rich area on Richmond’s No. 3 road between Capstan and Alderbridge is perfect if you are itching to feel and taste the sights and sounds of Hong Kong without actually going there. They have four new malls: Yaohan Centre, President Plaza, Aberdeen Centre and Parker Place and if you know anything about making deals, you can find deals at discounts up to 80%.
British Columbia Shopping Malls
The largest shopping mall in BC is the Metropolis shopping centre in Vancouver, which is the largest shopping centre as well. There are also many other centers and shopping malls throughout BC. For instance, there are numerous shopping malls throughout the Victoria area, including Victoria’s only downtown mall, The Bay Centre. There are also malls about ten minutes from Victoria which include Mayfair Shopping Centre and Hillside Shopping Centre. All one has to do is look for shopping flyers, online or off, to find one of the many great malls in British Columbia.
If you are looking for a mall catering entirely to the Asian community, then Richmond, BC is the first place to set your sights on. Richmond has, perhaps, the largest Asian community in western Canada. The Aberdeen Centre is a sprawling three-storey complex with well over 250 stores located inside with a beautiful atrium water fountain display. If you are looking for a little smaller shopping centre, look toward the Yaohan Centre that not only has 80 stores, but also an Asian supermarket and a food court featuring more than 15 different Asian cuisines to tempt your palate.