Holiday Weekend Brings in Canadian Shoppers

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If you were trying to find a parking spot at the Salmon Run Mall this Sunday, you might have had one exclamation: Ohhhhh Canada!

That's because a long weekend like this one packs North Country parking lots with Canadians looking for deals.

"Today I got shoes; yesterday, I got shoes and a purse," said Canadian shopper Kate Rochefort.

A lot of Canadians have Monday off to observe Remembrance Day.

It's just one of the many long weekends in Canada. Ontario sets aside nine holidays a year where employers are encouraged to give their employees the day off.

And when that day off turns into a long weekend, businesses in the North Country gets a boost - no matter what Canadians come over here for:

"Basically a getaway sort of weekend. It was four couples, and a little bit of cross border shopping, but we also did a few wineries around the area," said Paul Brady, a Canadian, about why he came to town this weekend.

"We went down to Sackets harbor, to get some information on the War of 1812, to see how Americans came up against Canadians," said Dave Scattloon, a Canadian shopper, who also was enjoying some North Country history while he was here.

As we roll into December, stores like JC Penney will be seeing more and more Canadian shoppers, because the U.S. and Canada share another common upcoming holiday: Christmas.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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