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The opening hours of stores vary widely across Canada, although most stores are generally open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shops are typically also open on weekends, although they may have more limited hours.

Arts and Crafts Materials

Besides smaller, individual retailers specializing in arts and craft materials from fabrics to planks, there are chains such as Fabricville, Fabricland, Bouclair and Michael’s, as well as building materials stores such as Reno Depot, Home Depot, Rona and Home Hardware.


Some bookstores include Archambault, Book City (Canada), Chapters, Coles, Indigo, Kobo eBookstore, Librairie Raffin, McNally Robinson, Nicholas Hoare and Renaud-Bray.

Budget Shopping

Stores that offer new items for budget shoppers include Giant Tiger, Walmart, Dollar stores and Dollarama. Second-hand stores include Value Village and Thrift Store, Salvation Army, and individually owned vintage and consignment stores.

Ethnic Food and Supermarkets

Canada has been shaped by waves of migrations and this is reflected in the wide range of ethnic food available in markets across the country, as well as ethnic food restaurants and grocery stores. Besides the Yellow Pages (a phone directory of businesses, printed annually) and Google Maps, there are websites such as www.yelp.ca that can help locate food markets, shops and restaurants.

Supermarket chains in Canada include Loblaws, Freshmart, Maxi/Maxi & Cie, Provigo, T&T, Valu-mart, Metro, Food Basics, Les 5, Loeb, Safeway, IGA, Sobeys and TomBoy (Alberta).

Fresh Food Markets


ByWard Market, Organic Farmers' Market, Parkdale Market, Main Farmers' Market, Landsdowne Park Market, Byron Park Farmer’s Market, Ray Friel Farmer’s Market, Riverside South Farmer’s Market


Atwater Market, Lufa Farms, Jean-Talon Market (Open Year-Round), Marché Maisonneuve, Marché St. Jacques (Open Year-Round), Lachine Market (Open Year-Round), Seasonal Neighborhood Markets: Côte-Saint-Paul, Lachine, Mercier-Ouest, Montréal-Nord, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Little Burgundy, Pierrefonds, Pointe-Saint-Charles, Saint-Henri, Saint-Laurent, Verdun and downtown


Annette Village Farmer’s Market, AppleTree Markets, Bloor/Borden MyMarket, Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market, Davisville Village Farmer’s Market, Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers' Market, East Lynn Park MyMarket, East York Farmers' Market, Evergreen Brick Works Farmers' Market, Fairmount Farmer’s Market, Humber Bay Shores Farmers Market, Junction Farmers Market, Liberty Village MyMarket, Metro Hall Farmers' Market, Montgomery Inn Farmer’s Market, MyMarket at Concord CityPlace, Nathan Phillips Square Farmers' Market, Ryerson University Farmer’s Market, Shops Farmer’s Market, St. Lawrence Farmers' Market, Stonegate Farmer’s Market, The Leslieville Farmers' Market, Trinity Bellwoods Farmers' Market, Yorkville Farmer’s Market


Calgary has several year-round markets, including: Calgary Farmers Market, Crossroads Market, Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market, Market on Macleod, Symons Valley Ranch, and the Parkdale Farmers’ Market. There are also several seasonal markets, including: Airdrie Alberta Farmers Market, Bearspaw Lions Farmers Market, Bridgeland Riverside Farmers’ Market, Calgary Grassroots Deerfoot Farmers’ Market, Crossfield Farmers Market, Marda Loop Farmers’ Market, Millarville Farmers Market, Robert McClure Farmers’ Market, Rocky Ridge Ranch Farmers Market, South Fish Creek Recreation Association Farmers Market, Stephen Avenue Farmers’ Market


Castle Downs Farmers Market, Edmonton City Market on 104th, French Quarter Grand Market, Highlands Farmers Market, Old Strathcona Farmers Market, Southeast Farmers Market/ Capilano, Westmount Farmers Market. Natural Food markets in the city include: Blush Lane Organics, Planet Organic Market, Earth’s General Store, Wild Earth Market. Online organic produce delivery is also available from Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery and Organic Box.


Lonsdale Quay Artisans Farmers Market, Trout Lake Park Farmers Market, Kitsilano Farmers Market, West End Farmers Market, Main Street Station Farmers Market, Granville Island Farmers Market, Hastings Park Farmers Market, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, Downtown Farmers Market and Nat Bailey Farmers Market

Furniture and Home and Kitchen Appliances

Stores selling furniture, as well as home and kitchen appliances, include Home Furniture, Sears, Hudson’s Bay, IKEA, Walmart, Pierre 1, EQ3, Leon’s, Brick, HomeSense, Cohen’s, Canadian Tire, Future Shop, Best Buy, Mattress Mart, and Sleep Factory.

Pharmacies and Drug-store Chains

These include Value Drug Mart, Lawtons, PharmaChoice, Brunet, Familiprix, Jean Coutu, Proxim (merger of Essaim and Santé Services), Uniprix, Pharmaprix, DRUGStore Pharmacy, Guardian, Herbie's for Drug and Food, I.D.A., London Drugs, Medicine Shoppe, Payless for Drug and Food, Pharma Plus, Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix, Pharmasave, and PharmaChoice.

School and Office Supplies

School and office supplies can be found in Staples, Bureau en Gros, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, Walmart, Dollarama, and other independently owned dollar or discount stores.

Sports Equipment

New sports equipment can be found at Sport Chek, Sport Experts, Canadian Tire, Walmart, Sports System, Tommy and Lefebvre and Mountain Equipment Co-op.

For novice sportsmen and children, it is sometimes more economical to consider used equipment. The following stores sell used and new equipment: Play It Again Sports, Kunstad, Tim’s, Help We Got Kids, Sports Traders Calgary, Second Chance Sports, Sports Junkies, and Sports Replay.