Saskatoon isn't known for tons of retail opportunities, but you can still do a good amount of shopping.

There are several enclosed shopping malls, which are particularly popular during the cold winter months.  They include:

Midtown Plaza has paid parking on the surface and underground, while Scotia Centre has a paid underground lot. Circle & 8th and Market Mall have free surface and underground parking, while Lawson Heights and Confederation Park have free surface lots.

In addition, there are a number of large non-enclosed shopping complexes with free parking: 

  • Preston Crossing (large-format or "big box" stores) - Preston Ave. & Circle Dr. E. (east side)
  • Stonegate Shopping Centre (big box) - Clarence Avenue S. (south side)
  • Blairmore Suburban Centre (big box) - 22nd St. W. (west side)
  • River City Centre - Circle Dr. N. & Millar Ave (north side)
  • Canamara Centre - Warman Rd. & Assiniboine Ave. (north side)
  • Grosvenor Park Centre - 8th St. E. & Grosvenor Ave. (east side)
  • Circle 8 Mall (not the enclosed Centre at Circle & 8th mall) - 8th St. E. & Circle Dr. (east side)
  • Erindale Centre - Attridge Dr. & Lowe Rd. (east side)
  • College Park Mall - 8th St. E. & McKercher Dr. (east side)
  • Avalon Shopping Centre -  Broadway Ave. & Cascade St. (south side)
  • Westgate Shopping Plaza - 22nd St. W. & Whitney Ave. (west side)

Finally, there are several commercial districts that contain a mix of local and chain businesses are of interest:

  • Central Business District (downtown) - the area enclosed by Idylwyld Dr., 25th St. and the river
  • Broadway Ave. - from 8th St. E. to the Broadway Bridge
  • 8th St. E. - from Broadway Ave. to McKercher Dr.
  • Central Ave. - from 108th St. to 115th St.
  • Idylwyld Dr. - from 20th St. to Circle Dr.
  • 33rd St. W. - from Idylwyld Dr. to Ave. F
  • 22nd St. W. - from Ave. U to Circle Dr.
  • 20th St. W. - from Idylwyld Dr. to Ave. K
  • 51st St. - from Faithfull Ave. to Millar Ave.
  • 19th Street W - from Avenue A to C including the Saskatoon Farmer's Market and Ideas Inc retail shops.

These areas either have metered or free parking along the street, and some businesses may have small free lots for their customers.

Prices on items are almost always displayed without tax; applicable taxes are added at the time of purchase.  Foreign visitors may be eligible for a visitor tax refund, so keep all proofs of purchase as well as your travel documents. This refund program will end on April 1, 2007. For details on how to claim this refund, and information on provincial sales taxes across the country, check out Inside Canada: Taxes here at TripAdvisor.