The Outlet Collection at Niagara on the Lake, located near the Glendale junction of the QEW, is an outdoor mall, is the latest shopping mall in the Niagara Area. I have to say that I have been surprised by its popularity, especially as the mall isn’t in either the region’s largest city St Catharines or the resort city of Niagara Falls. Yet shoppers are happy to drive and shop in this location. Over the past couple of years it has become popular with both visitors and local people alike.
If fashion shopping is what you are after then there is no question the Outlet Collection has everything you are looking for. According to the owners it boasts a “refreshing new outlet concept combines brand name fashion and lifestyle retailers—all at outlet prices you can’t resist!” There are more than 100 stores available. Everything from iconic sportswear brand Adidas Originals to Zwilling J.A. Henckels (who supply consumer goods ranging from kitchen-ware such as knives, cookware, tableware and accessories to beauty products such as tools and brushes). This is the A to Z of the mall.
This is perhaps one of the best places to shop in this region. Take a look at the following video by the mall owners:
Mall hours are Sundays 10am till 6pm and 10am till 9pm all other days.
The mall does not have a traditional food court, but it is an outdoor mall and eating outside on a chilly February or March day is not recommended. There is a Tim Hortons (Canada’s coffee and doughnut outlet) at one end of the mall. The other end has McDonalds, Starbucks, Subway, Sbarro, Big Smoke Burger, and some other food places.
Even though the mall is close to the highway it is possible to get their by bus and bicycle (take a look at the cool looking bike racks). Parking is free.
Shopping is definitely a favourite activity for tourists. It is accessible by motor coach and is available for group tours. In fact there is a dedicated drop-off and pick-up point with its own shelter for such tours.
Throughout the mall there are plenty of places where you can rest your weary limbs before continuing your shopping. These concrete stars are a unique concept, perhaps best used on a hot summers day, and not mid-winter.
The size of the stores was good, perhaps above average. The following picture was taken in the Ecco shoe store, which had a surprising amount of room available to display their produce. The advantage for the shopper when there are larger stores is that it is possible to see more of the merchandise that retailer sells. Although with that said stores like Adidas, Puma, or Nike would have trouble displaying kit for all the teams they supply to, so you can only expect the most popular clubs to be represented.
Of course kids do get tired of shopping after a while. The owners have thought about their needs. Outside the Tim Horton’s franchise there is a conveniently located play area.
The intention here is to offer an overview of what is available in the Outlet Collection at Niagara on the Lake If you wish to find further information then please refer to the mall’s own website, which is found here.
Other pages about the Niagara Area include:
- 18 Places to Shop: In and Around Niagara Falls, and
- Welcome to Niagara Falls: International Beauty Spot
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