The minute you step into Woodbine Centre you get a good feeling about the place – even if you’re not a shopaholic. No surprise that this is “inspiration mall”. The designer of Gateshead Metro Centre in England even readily admits that the plaza was inspired by Woodbine Centre.
Although it opened in 1985, this establishment doesn't feel dated at all. It currently boasts around one hundred thirty shops. The top level is similar to a mezzanine and the design is open and airy, with plenty of light streaming in from the huge arched glass walls and a massive central skylight. The colors are light and neutral so you never feel claustrophobic.
Two major department stores are the heart of the complex – The Bay and Sears – and the mall plays host to one of the first Targets in Canada.
Best of all, they have an indoor mini amusement park at one end of the Y-shaped structure; you’re happy with your purchases, and the kids are happy with the Ferris Wheel.