What are the items that I should bring with me because they’re not available (or are too expensive) where I am going?

Calgary is a shopper’s paradise. Local gemstones, handmade arts and crafts, antiques, Inuit art, designer Western wear and stylish fashions are just some of the treasures you will find. Stephen Avenue Walk is a pedestrian zone lined with shops leading to a five-block shopping complex. Major malls offer everything under one roof, while specialty shops and upscale districts cater to every taste.The best news of all is that Alberta does not have a provincial sales tax, making it a shopping haven!
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Will anyone have particular trouble finding clothes that fit?

There are clothing stores for every size, shape, age and fashion trend.
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What grocery stores do expats in your city shop at?

The most popular grocery stores that expatriates tend to shop at include Co-op, Safeway, Sobey's, Superstore, and IGA.

Most residential areas have grocery stores within a short distance and there are a number of “Farmers Markets” that operate year-round, offering fresh produce and many other items. For quick shopping, there are numerous convenience stores which are open late in the evening.
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Where can other household items (such as cleaning materials and home furnishings) be found?

Most household items and cleaning products can be found at any grocery store. Larger items such as home furnishings, appliances and electronics can be found in the larger supermarkets or department stores, as well as other local stores or malls.

Below are a few of the many stores where you can find them:

  • IKEA

  • Sears Department and Furniture Store

  • The Hudson Bay Company (a.k.a. The Bay)

  • Home Depot

  • The Bombay Company

  • Ethan Allen Stores

  • Rona Home and Garden

  • Superstore

  • Wal-Mart, Zellers, and Winners

  • Shopping Malls

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What are factors that might affect my shopping habits in this country/city?

Calgary has a wide array of shopping options around the city and the outskirts. Some factors that may come into play when trying to decide where to shop are:

  • Travel time and location

  • Store hours of operation

  • Availability of parking or near public transportation routes

  • Delivery program in place for home furnishings and appliances

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