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 heritage house in downtown Hamilton.
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.
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, 46 Gristmill Lane, Distillery Historic District, Toronto.
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.
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.
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 1080 Keewatin Street on Confederation College Campus - One of the largest collections of Aboriginal art in Ontario. Gift shop attached sells original art.
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