We are taking Holland America's Maasdam on their New England@Canada cruise.
What are the best buys for items in Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown, Quebec City, and Montreal? Also, besides buys, what items do you suggest purchasing while we are in each of these ports. I truly enjoy shopping and don't want to miss an opportunity to buy something nice, whether it be clothing or things for the home.
I don't know what part of the country you're in... but when I travel to Quebec city I love shopping for wool clothing. They have beautiful stuff that you don't find around here.... but I suppose if you life in south Texas that might not work
I live in Halifax. I'm not sure what you like, but there's some wonderful places to shop along the waterfront within walking distance of the pier, especially in Historic Properties, which is an area made to look like the 1800's. If you get the chance, go on FRED (free ride everywhere downtown), a bus and do some shopping on Spring Garden Road. Two stores not to be missed on this street are The Plaid Place and Jennifer's of Nova Scotia. They both have great stuff, a lot of which is local. Also just a block or so from Historic Properties is the Christmas Store -- Christmas stuff all year long. Just ask anyone and they'll tell you how to get to those locations. And while you're shopping, don't forget the food. Halifax has more bars/pubs and restaurants per capita than any city in North America. That's probably because there are 3 universities in the city and quite a young population during the school year.
Hi, as an american living in Montreal, the one thing I will tell you first is TAX everything is 15% taxed and aside from prescription drugs, everything is 15% taxed. You can fill out a form and before returning to the USA collect 7% back but I don't know how it works on cruise ships.
As for Montreal and Quebec City (I've visited Quebec City many times). The one item that comes to mind is fur. Otherwise the stuff is the same as in the USA and I generally don't even shop here anymore as I order most everything off the net from the USA, better choices, better choice of sizes and very often cheaper prices. Gold jewelry is very expensive here.
Hope this helps
To add to everyone else, yes wool stuff and winter garments are more easily available especially if you live in a warmer climate, and there is a kind of winter parka/coat (they come in many styes) that is made in Quebec called a Kanuk.
There is nice pottery and artisanal stuff in the old city in quebec city.