Many visitors like to bring home a piece of Canadian native art as a souvenir of their trip. If you want the REAL thing (and not a knockoff made abroad), be sure to shop in legitimate galleries.
Most shops attached to Aboriginal galleries and museums sell original works and reproductions.
You can also find a great number of commercial Aboriginal art galleries in the province specializing in this kind of art, such as:
Arctic Experience Gallery, 191 James Street South, Hamilton. Inuit sculpture and prints. A small but well-stocked gallery located in a beautiful heritage house in downtown Hamilton. This is one of my favourite Aboriginal art galleries in Ontario; I bought my first Inuit sculpture here, a dancing walrus by Kellipalik Qimirpik.
Balzac Fine Arts, Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto. Broad selection of Inuit sculpture. Belongs to a chain of three art galleries, one in Ottawa and the other in Quebec.
Bay of Spirits, 156 Front St. W.,
Inuit and First Nations and West Coast art. Handy to the Toronto Convention Centre, Rogers Centre, Union Station, etc.
Eskimo Art Gallery, 12 Queens Quay
Inuit sculpture, Inuit prints and more. Large gallery at Harbourfront.
Feheley Fine Arts, 14 Hazelton Ave.,
One of the oldest Inuit art galleries in Ontario. Located in Yorkville, the trendy arts and fashion district.
Galerie d'art Vincent, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa. A lot of variety, and a beautiful setting in Ottawa's historic Chateau Laurier Hotel.
Gallery Indigena Inc., 69 Ontario Street, Stratford. Original First Nations and Inuit art. Pacific coast masks. Also sells prints, calendars, cards, etc. A definite stop for me whenever I'm in town to see a play at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
The Guild Shop, 118 Cumberland St.,
They're not strictly Aboriginal art; it's actually the Ontario craft association's retail outlet so you'll find a range of artists and artisans from Ontario. But they do have one room devoted to Inuit sculpture. And they carry prints too.
Kinsman Robinson Galleries, 108 Cumberland, Toronto. Find works by famous First Nations artist Norval Morrisseau. Another one in the trendy Yorkville district.
Native Renaissance II, 386 Highway #49 at Highway #2, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Deseronto. This beautiful two-storey gallery features sculpture, paintings, music CDS and clothing from nations across Turtle Island.
Ninavik Native Arts, 3845 Main Street, Jordan Ontario. A surprisingly large Inuit art gallery in a small town in the Niagara Region. Specializes in Iroquois and Inuit art. Cool place to stop off for lunch and a bit of shopping if you're on your way between Niagara and Toronto.
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 1080 Keewatin Street on Confederation College Campus - One of the largest collections of Aboriginal art in Ontario.
NOTE: This list of Canadian native art galleries is FAR from exhaustive. It's just a start!
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