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Find the Finest Shopping Experiences

Step into our eclectic shops and be prepared to find something delightful. From specialty boutiques to an antiquer’s paradise, and from shopping centres to small town treasures, South Eastern Ontario is the perfect place for a little retail therapy.

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Unique shopping experiences
Unique shopping experiences
Uncover antiques
Uncover antiques
Shopping Destinations
Shopping Destinations

Unique Shopping Experiences

Local shopping is part of the experience in South Eastern Ontario as this region is a treasure trove for unique finds. There is a surprise around every corner here and some stores embody that through and through.

Take, for instance, Trousdale’s General Store, known as Canada’s oldest general store; a mainstay tucked away in Sydenham since 1836. Shopping here is an experience. Although the store is historic, the products are hand-picked, fun and trendy – guaranteed smile inducers.

Small town boutiques are brimming with lovingly-made jewelry, decor, artwork and artisan foods – all perfect for gift-giving, or for treating yourself! Shops line the streets in small-town retail meccas like Westport and Merrickville along the Rideau Canal, beckoning to be explored.

Many shops offer handmade items from local artisans, too. Artisans from across the region team up to produce craft shows and makers’ markets that are the place to find truly unique quality handmade items. Shows like the Maker’s Hand in Prince Edward County in the fall showcase works from local artists. Find pottery, glassworks, woodturning and more!

Uncover antiques

Going antiquing isn’t just about the final purchase – half the fun is the hunt for the perfect piece! With so much heritage at its core, South Eastern Ontario has an abundance of historical antiques ready for the picking. 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!

Antique dealers and shops across South Eastern Ontario are happy to help you find that one-of-kind treasure, leaving you with an exceptional keepsake purchase.

READ ALSO: The Best Flea Markets And Antiquing Spots In South Eastern Ontario

Shopping destinations

South Eastern Ontario enjoys the amazing distinction of having unique shopping experiences in both urban and small-town locations. Historic downtowns in our cities are bursting with trendy and locally-inspired stores, while our more rural areas play host to authentic shops that live and breathe the welcoming way of life in South Eastern Ontario.

Larger cities with excellent shopping choices include: Cornwall, Brockville, Kingston, Napanee, Belleville and Trenton. Smaller towns offering terrific finds include: Morrisburg, Prescott, Gananoque, Westport, Merrickville, and Picton plus all the villages and hamlets between.

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