Niagara has a wide variety of activities and places to visit – the falls, wineries, theatre performances and so on. But sometimes you need an unwinding activity. Sometimes you might want to spend some time shopping, either for yourself or for others.
Niagara’s best shopping experience can be found outside of the core of Niagara, a short drive out from Niagara Falls along Queen Elizabeth Way. The shopping experience is the Outlet Collection, a large, modern complex consisting of over 100 brand name and local store fronts.
Along with all the amenities expected of modern malls and shopping centres – bus/coach connections, Free Wi-Fi, pram rental, etc – the Outlet Collection is perhaps the premier outlet collection of boutique brands in the region.
The mall co-ordinates frequent sales, with each weekend having a number of stores at the Outlet Collection participating in sidewalk sales, thanksgiving sales, etc. Visitors are encouraged to head over the visitors centre to sign-up for the free Collection Perks program, a rewards program that gives perks for purchases, offers lender cell phone chargers and coupon booklets.
Big name chains like Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, DKNY and Fossil sit alongside jewellery specialists like Pandora and international niche darlings like Ugg from Australia. Fashionistas will have Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger and other celebrated brands to savour. The food court has the usual fast food favourites alongside crepes, sushi and coffee that tastes like actual coffee – or, for stocking up on goods for home cooking, places like Pepper Palace offer new tastes and flavours to try.
At a square footage of 520,000, Outlet Collection is touted as Canada’s largest open-air outlet shopping centre. With the hundred-plus outlets across eight buildings, it’s a great place to visit for Niagara Falls Shopping.