Shopping in Newfoundland & Labrador

• A WorldWeb.com Travel Guide for Newfoundland, Atlantic Canada.
Characterized by its extraordinary geography, genuine hospitality and distinctive culture, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is a destination replete with one-of-a-kind experiences that are sure to remain in the hearts and minds of visitors of all ages. Rugged, picturesque coastlines, ancient mountain ranges, quaint harbour communities and a handful of urban enclaves comprise its diverse physical landscape, reflected fully in the unique shopping opportunities available throughout the province.

FINE CRAFT

A complete extension of local culture and lifestyle, creative arts and craftsmanship are a way of life for many Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans, which are highly evident in the shopping landscape across the province.

Its rich and diverse 500-year history has created a backdrop to unique shopping experiences, where one can find Celtic-inspired treasures, handcrafted Labradorite minerals, hand-knit wool apparel, maritime-inspired souvenirs, Beothuk First Nations art, hooked rugs, Labrador soap stone mementos, folk art, unique pottery and original paintings by local artists. Available in virtually every corner of the province, fine crafts are showcased on the historic downtown streets of St. John's, in charming seaside communities like Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Twillingate and Trinity, and at heritage site retail boutiques, including Cape Spear National Historic Site, L'Anse aux Meadows, Signal Hill and Castle Hill National Historic Site.

Any trip to "the Rock" or mainland Labrador is well-commemorated with the addition of a uniquely-Newfoundland-found treasure, perfect for gift-giving or as an addition to an existing collection of travel souvenirs.

TASTY LOCAL DELICACIES

Featuring a unique culinary landscape shaped by local traditions, a longstanding fisheries industry and an infusion of First Nations, Irish, French and English cultures, the food of Newfoundland is distinctive in every sense, whether it's from the land or the sea. Local delicacies—including locally-produced and beloved Purity brand products, salted cod and beef, wild game meats, biscuits, jams, confections and regional spice blends—are stocked on the shelves of community convenience stores, gift shops, urban grocery stores, fish markets and specialty stores across the province.

Customary foods are fully showcased at Bidgood's in Goulds, where locals and visitors alike can shop for a piece of Newfoundland flavour. For those with a sweet tooth, the Dark Tickle Company in the Griquet area features a wide range of wild berry products, all locally-grown and manufactured on-site. Rodrigues Winery in Whitbourne—the first winery in all of Newfoundland—is open year round and also uses local berries in its production of signature blueberry, cranberry, black currant and strawberry wines, as well as providing impressive selections of fruit-based liqueurs and brandy from their on-site distillery.

Farmers' markets are also ideal spots for connecting with locals and sourcing local culinary treasures (and other unique finds), including home-made preserves, fresh produce, locally-raised meats and other organic products. A handful of seasonal markets are available to visitors (typically observing a weekly, spring to autumn season), including the St. John's Farmers' Market and Lester's Farm Market in Mount Pearl.

URBAN CONVENIENCES

North America's oldest city, St. John's—known province-wide as "the Town"—is at the cultural and commercial core of the province and offers a wide range of shops to choose from, whether seeking the latest fashions, sports and recreation gear, books, home decor or gifts. A stroll down historic Water Street, a 16th century streetscape at the hub of retail activity in the city, is sure to uncover a hidden treasure and makes for excellent window shopping. Full-service shopping malls, neighbourhood retail centres, big-box stores and specialty shops round out the city's offerings, all providing the basics and beyond.

Other notable commercial centres, including Corner Brook, Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor, offer small-town amenities sure to satisfy any shopping requirement.

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