From home or hotel
If you typically purchase your desired product from a chain store, consult your vendor's website or yellow pages to find a local store. Familiar stores such as Walmart and Sears exist across Canada. If this does not work, look into the website of the desired product. Product websites often provide listings of vendors that dispense their products.
Contact the local tourist information center for information on where to purchase your desired product. The tourist information center may not have a complete inventory of available products within the given city it serves, but will be able to provide business names where American products are sold. If you are not tied to a particular brand name, identify what you need the product for as some brand names differ from the United States to Canada.
Research locations. Use an online map to find which location is the closest to your location. Shopping centers are popular in Canada, and locations within a shopping center may yield better results. There is a greater likelihood that you will find the product you are looking for with a greater pool of stores to choose from.
On the road
Check the rest stops. Cities can be far-flung across Canada, and your need may be more immediate. Most rest-stop stores stock over-the-counter medicine, magazines, drinks and food items, from United States brands.
Stop at the power centers. Larger metropolitan areas will have more American products available. Power centers are made up of retail stores with a shared parking lot. Power centers make available a wide range of products from electronics to clothing, and are often anchored by a Walmart store.
Ask for assistance. If you are unable to locate your product on your own, try asking store employees. If they are unable to fulfill your request with their products, they may be able to direct you to an alternate source. Be sure to explain what the product is used for, as the brand name may differ from country to country.American products are used widely in Canada. Free-trade agreements between the United States and Canada have allowed many American companies to open chain stores in Canada. Many brand-name products such as prepackaged food items, pharmacy products, clothing and shoes are readily available from both Canadian-owned and American chain stores. Due to different food and drug regulations, some items may not be available for sale in Canada, or may be slightly different in composition.