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Since its opening in 1989, this market has evolved into the quintessential gathering place. After 10 years of development of this historic site and restoration of several historic buildings, it is once again a thriving hub of activity. Walking distance from the downtown hotels and within five minute's shuttle from attractions such as the Convention Centre, Manitoba Legislative Buildings, Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature etc, the market is "must do" for anyone visiting Winnipeg. Time for some days may vary.
Located within The Forks Market, this 185.80 square meters (2000 square feet) store is the best destination for shopping for native Canadian handcrafts. Rustic and cozy with wooden interiors, this charming store attracts visitors and tourists all year long. Wares typically include artisanal jewelry by local craftsmen, handmade purses and clutches, cute candles, moccasin shoes and locally made pottery art. Bibliophiles can find some of Canada's literary gems at Forks Trading Company; the store stocks books by Canadian authors which make for great gift ideas.
Winnipeg is big on farmers' markets during summers and its not surprising to see every neighborhood have their own. Main Street Farmers' Market takes place in a parking lot and is a bustling spot every Friday from July to mid September. Besides farm fresh goodness, you will also find local artisan craft products which are worth buying as souvenirs.
This summer market is one of the most awaited in the neighborhood and rightly to. Wolseley Farmers Market is a vibrant and bustling market that runs from June to October on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You will find local farmers set up stalls selling their farm-fresh produce, grass-fed beef, fresh fish, pastured poultry and more. You will also find unique souvenirs that you won't probably find anywhere else since the market only caters to Wolseley producers and artists. With colorful food stands, musical acts and workshops, this market is really a fun place to be.
If you want to soak in the local Winnipeg flavor, West Kildonan Farmers' Market is a must visit. Not only does this market sell fresh produce from nearby farms, it also has a number of stalls where local artists sell their wares. A number of food stalls are also available so that you can grab a bite of baked goods or local delicacies while you browse the market. Both regular stalls and one-time vendors are available at this Saturday market, so that each visit is a new adventure. Some of the popular regular vendors include Shannon Krulicki who sells artisan goods and Sandy Snatos who sells homemade bath and body products.
Established in 1978, Canada West Boots is a prominent name when it comes to Canadian boots. Their flagship and factory outlet offers an impressive range of styles that will surely impress a boots enthusiast. Such is their quality, that the boots are worth taking home as souvenirs. From buckaroos to ropers and western styled cowboy footwear, their hand-crafted items are worth a buy.