Station Arts Centre

The Station Arts centre is located in two very picturesque railway stations, now next to one another (one was moved from several blocks away in 1994).

There are two art galleries: The Bridges St. Gallery features the work of the Bridge Street Artists. The Changing Exhibit Gallery features rotating exhibits that change once a month or so. There is also a gift shop with various unique items to be found.

As well, there is a Farmers Market that is held at this location on Saturdays from May to November.

The Station Arts Centre is also home to various clubs and organizations.

The Station Arts Centre is open Monday–Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (on Saturdays from October to April, the centre closes at 2:00 pm). Admission is free and there is parking on site.

The Outlets (St. Jacobs)

The Outlets, formerly known as the St. Jacobs Factory Outlet Mall, is a factory outlet mall in St. Jacobs, conveniently located across the street from the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market and across another street from Market Road Antiques.

There are over 25 stores including clothing stores, footwear stores, a Royal Doulton store, and more, all offering great prices. If you have children, you should definitely check out the Lego outlet with its amazing displays of large Lego sculptures and the building zone.

Open weekdays 9:30 am–9:00 pm, Saturday 8:30 am–6:00 pm, Sunday noon–5:00 pm.

Coyle’s Country Store

This is a modern store will likely spark a bit of nostalgia. Coyle’s Country Store dates back to 1899 as a small store and plant in Kinglake. It moved to Tillsonburg in 1924. The current 25,000-square foot facility was opened in 1979.

A unique store in a beautiful country setting, there are a lot of interesting things to see at Coyle’s. They stock a large variety of flour, whole grains, fresh roasted nuts, and other baking and cooking supplies (including gluten free products). As well, their selection of quality gift items, many of them unique, makes them a great place to check out around Christmas.

Coyle’s Country Store is located at the corner of Airport Road and Highway 19 in Tillsonburg. Check their website for opening hours.

Tillsonburg Antiques

A multi-vendor antiques market, spread across 10,000 square feet on a single floor. A wide range of antiques, from jewellery, glass, china, collectables, books and other media, postcards, and more. Open Monday–Thursday 10:00 am–5:00 pm, Friday–Sunday 10:00 am–6:00 pm.

Market Road Antiques (St. Jacobs)

Market Road Antiques in St. Jacobs is an antiques mall located next to the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market. The store contains over 10,000 square feet of space (and over 100 dealers) and includes a wide variety of things, including china, glass, collectibles, stamps, records, books, and other antique items. Open Sunday–Friday 10:00 am–6:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am–6:00 pm.

Toronto Eaton Centre

Eaton CentreThe Eaton Centre is the largest mall in Ontario in terms of retail space, with over 1.7 million square feet of it. It is located on Yonge Street between Dundas and Queen Streets. While it was originally built to house an Eaton’s, that store has been gone for a while; a large, upscale Sears now anchors the north side of the mall. There are around 300 other stores and restaurants, with other anchors including Indigo, Forever 21, Best Buy, and Canadian Tire.  There are a few food courts in the mall, including a brand new one, the “Urban Eatery” on the fourth floor, which features a wide variety of exotic and/or healthy food choices.

The mall is also a beautiful place to see; the middle of the mall features a 866-foot-long domed arcade and a  fountain on the lower level. There is also the sculpture “Flight Stop”, by Michael Snow, a sculpture of 60 Canadian geese, which became famous in part due to a curious copyright suit.

The mall is open weekdays 10:00 am–9:00 pm, Saturday 9:30 am–7:00 pm, and Sunday noon–6:00 pm.

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Vaughan Mills

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.