French in Canada

Household Goods

A flower shop

In general, shopping in Canada is similar to shopping in the United States. There is a combination of large malls, with other large chain stores built nearby, and individually owned shops, boutiques and chains located throughout the cities and towns. Mostly what is sold in the malls is clothing, whereas one would go to large chain stores nearby for office, computer, or household products. Some Canadian malls in downtown areas start underground and go up for six or seven floors. The neighborhoods all have stores that are designed to aid the shopper who has run out of something at the last minute – whether it be a kind of food, stationary supply or article of clothing.

In Quebec, there is usually one large flea market per city, which is open on a daily basis. At a “marché aux pusses,” one can expect to find anything and everything small and unexpected – from used jewelry to radio batteries to clothing to household items, all at prices which have been negotiated.

In general, stores are open Monday through Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., on Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.