Christmas is right around the corner, and while it would be nice to count on Santa Claus to bring all the little ones toys from their wish list it would probably be a good idea to have a few special presents stashed under the tree that you bought (or it may be a very bare tree, if you catch my drift).
Looking for a place that is a veritable fairyland for kiddies? Then be sure to check out these top 10 Canadian toy stores.
With tons of locations across Canada not to mention a terrific online store, Mastermind Toys is all about toys that encourage curious thinking. They also offer free gift wrapping (an additional bonus at this eleventh hour).
You can find this reputed toy store in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, or click a few buttons and purchase from their wide selection of toys online. This destination is also a fave for teachers, meaning you’ll find a fantastic range of educational toys too.
Looking for good old-fashioned wholesome toys? That’s what you’ll discover at BC Playthings. From dolls and art supplies to music-oriented toys and games, you’ll find it all at this exciting North Vancouver store.
Ottawa’s go-to toy store since 1977, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s is a fun and whimsical place with five locales and a seemingly endless array of toys including LEGO, Alex Toys, Calico Critters, Corolle Dolls, Playmobil, and Thomas Wooden Railway.
Voted “Canadian Toy Retailer of the Year” and “The best little toy store in Canada,” Garcie & Gruff know toys and are both locally owned and operated. They also support local artisans and companies, another reason this shop is on the list of the Top 10 Canadian toy stores.
Located in South Edmonton Common, kid’s imaginations soar at Kites and Other Delights, where shelves are jam-packed with (what else) kites, puzzles, games, toys, and so much more.
Kids and kids at heart love Pipsqueak Toys, which is situated in the heart of historic downtown Port Perry, Ontario. Their collection of retro toys is especially nostalgic (think sock monkeys, Gumby, and Slinkys).
If you’re buying for a child with an active curious mind, you’ll find a wonderful variety of toys at Owls Hollow in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. It is island-owned and operated by the Balderston family and a friendly staff, and they’ve been in business since 1974.
Quebeckers know to turn to Tour de Jeux for a unique collection of toys and games. There are three Montreal stores as well as one in St-Hyacinthe.
Both in Point Grey Village and Granville Island Kids Market, Kaboodles has been the treasured neighbourhood toy store since 1980. Their products are chosen with care and based on quality, play value, and “fun-quotient.”
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