Buffalo, New York
I have not heard of any Canadian living North of Buffalo who has not been there to shop, especially when the exchange drops. As for myself, I have been to Buffalo on numerous occasions and have had some pretty good encounters.
When the exchange is low, it is easy to find some good deals at the Walden Galleria. Virtually everyone’s stop for shopping. Plus, some stores will even give you additional discounts just for being Canadian (usually an additional ten to thirty percent off your purchase). There are so many places to eat as well, but my favourite is the Cheesecake Factory. So much so that I have just gone for lunch there when I am in the Niagara area.
Additionally, I went on a hunt for Trader Joe’s and ended up getting lost, I found my way because I stopped and asked the gas station attendant for directions and then received directions on how to return to the border from the Joe’s staff.
Also, if you like the NFL everyone should experience a real tailgate party down at New Era Field. I went in 2007 for the Bills VS. Patriots game and was shocked by the amount of barbequing and drinking occurring right in the parking lot! Loads of excitement and HUGE parties after (if the Bills win). Locals even rent out their driveways to Bills fans as they run out of room.
Just one quick tip if you stay over on the U.S. side of Niagara. I spent a night at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino on my way back from shopping in Buffalo and being a non-smoker, make sure you ask for a non-smoking room. Trust me the difference is astounding.
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