For the consummate shopper, the Great Waterway region has abundant choices with numerous unique specialty shops, antique finds, city shopping centres and hamlet treasures! Locally handmade choices range from pottery, jewelry, wood, glass, wool, quilts, art, furniture to everything you could possibly want or need!
If finding the perfect gift for a loved one or a thoughtful thank you for a host is the top of your to do list, think outside the box store and shop locally in the Great Waterway. Craft shows and boutiques are brimming with lovingly made jewellery, decor, artwork and artisan foods – all perfect for gift giving.
Boutique Shopping Experiences: Cities and villages in the Great Waterway have thriving downtown streets boasting boutique lined streets – Westport and Merrickville are two fine examples. Each season bring a fresh new shopping experience and in Kingston many of come together under the Etsy Kingston and Area Local Artisans Team Craft Shows like The Maker’s Hand are truly a must see for high quality handmade items showcasing works from local artists from shops like Wellington Pottery, Elements Glass Studio in Bloomfield or Woodturners from Tamworth.
Other popular shows include the Rotary Craft Show in Gananoque, the Heritage Valley Arts and Craft Show in Cornwall or the Fat Goose Craft Fair in Kingston.
If you like to search for a rare find, the region’s antique shops are packed full of choices including vintage clothing, jewellery, hats, distressed furniture, lighting, tools, folk art … the list goes on! There are a number of antique dealers and shops across the Great Waterway who will help you find that one-of-kind treasure, leaving you with an exceptional keepsake purchase.
The Great Waterway stretches not only along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario but also follows the 401 corridor from the Quebec Border to the Trenton area – a distance of more than 200 kilometres. Take a break from driving to pull over and shop at any one of the large city centres abundant with malls, big box stores and retails businesses that offer just what you are looking for! Larger cities with excellent shopping choices include: Cornwall, Brockville, Kingston, Napanee, Belleville and Trenton.
Smaller Towns offering unique shops and terrific finds include: Morrisburg, Prescott, Gananoque and Picton plus all the villages and hamlets between.
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