While not everyone sees a shopping mall as a destination in itself, one this big and with this combination of shopping, dining, and entertainment would have to be. Vaughan Mills is the sixth largest mall in Ontario, with over a million square feet of retail space. The mall’s 17 anchors include Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Toys “R” Us, NASCAR SpeedPark, Home Outfitters, Pro Hockey Life, Holt Renfrew Last Call, Lucky Strike Lanes, Style Sense, Tommy Hilfiger, The Children’s Place, Urban Behaviour, Forever 21, H & M, La Senza/La Senza Girl, and Old Navy. The mall is one of the newest large malls in Ontario, so it still feels fresh and energizing.
The mall’s 250-odd stores are arranged in six “neighbourhoods”, inspired by the makeup of the province of Ontario. There is a Lakes neighbourhood, a Nature neighbourhood, a Rural neighbourhood, a Small Towns neighbourhood, a City neighbourhood, and a Fashion neighbourhood. The last one, a fashionista paradise, will appeal to fashion-conscious shoppers, but they will also find other appealing stores mall-wide.
For those who aren’t great shoppers, they can entertain themselves at Lucky Strike Lanes, Nascar SpeedPark among other places.
Vaughan Mills is open almost every day, including statutory holidays (except for Good Friday and Easter Sunday). Hours are Monday–Wednesday 10:00 am–9:00 pm, Thursday–Saturday 9:00 am–10:00 pm, and Sunday 10:00 am–8:00 pm.
Located near Highway 400 and Rutherford Road, the mall is easy to find from the interchange by following the signs. Vaughan Mills is also served by public transportation. There is also a free Vaughan Mills Shopping Shuttle between Union Station and the mall between May 1–September 30.