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Vaughan Mills

The Free Bus to Vaughan Mills is Back


Vaughan Mills Shopping Shuttle Bus Toronto

Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre, the outlet mall north of Toronto, makes it even easier to score big bargains at its 250-plus stores. A free shopping shuttle is offered through to the end of September with two daily trips from the downtown core. Wristbands are provided at the City Tours Attractions Desk at Union Station (65 Front St. W.) on a first-come, first-served basis for morning trips that depart at 10 a.m. (leaving Vaughan Mills at 3 p.m.) or afternoon treks that commence at 1 p.m. (leaving Vaughan Mills at 6 p.m.). Once at the mega mall, you’ll find outlets for the likes of Calvin Klein, UGG Australia, Hugo Boss, Lacoste and Harry Rosen, as well as designer emporium hr2. The flagship Bass Pro Shops is also on site, as are family-friendly attractions like Legoland Discovery Centre and Lucky Strike Lanes.  —Linda Luong

• Vaughan Mills, 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr., 905-879-2110; vaughanmills.com
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Find Designer Deals at Southern Ontario Outlets

The Outlet Collection at Niagara.

The Outlet Collection at Niagara.

Shopping for name brands at these destinations won’t break the bank.

Toronto Premium Outlets, located in Halton Hills, is a sprawling outdoor mall that boasts Canada’s first Hudson’s Bay Outlet, as well as Ports 1961, Restoration Hardware, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Hugo Boss and Ted Baker London.

Touting itself as the country’s “largest open-air outlet shopping centre,” the Outlet Collection at Niagara opened earlier this spring. Discounted goods from Pandora, White House Black Market, The North Face, Browns, Old Navy and Rudsak are among the wine-region retail hub’s enticements.

Vaughan Mills is a “luxury outlet” mall north of Toronto. Inside, you’ll find the likes of hr2 Holt Renfrew, the Disney Store, Browns, and factory stores for Gap, Banana Republic, J.Crew and Nike. —Linda Luong

Hot Shopping: Get Great Deals at Vaughan Mills Outlet Stores

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World is just one of the major retailers at Vaughan Mills

Fashionistas and bargain hunters alike head to just-north-of-the-city shopping centre Vaughan Mills for great finds from Holt Renfrew Last Call, a Guess factory store, Lacoste outlet and many other name-brand stores—not to mention the huge Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, perfect for campers and cottagers. In summer, it’s even easier to make the trip: a free shuttle bus transports shoppers from Union Station (65 Front St. W.) to the mall’s front doors. Departing from downtown at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and returning at 3 and 6 p.m, the bus boards on a first come, first served basis. Pick up a wristband at the City Tours and Attractions desk inside Union Station. Call 905-879-2110 or click here for further details.

Hot Shopping: Visit Vaughan Mills

Did you forget anyone on your holiday gift list? Make up for the oversight by heading to Vaughan Mills.
A short drive north of Toronto, this huge shopping centre offers a little something for everyone, with more than 250 retailers—from Holt Renfrew’s “last call” high-fashion outlet to Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. Aside from exercising your purchasing power, it’s easy to stay entertained at the on-site bowling alley and go-kart track. And when hunger strikes, there’s an assortment of food court favourites plus such restaurants as The Pickle Barrel for family-friendly dining and Szechuan Szechuan for pan-Asian fare.