It looks like Canadians, or more specifically Winnipeggers, are not visiting Fargo, North Dakota as often as they once did.
The American city just 3 and a half hours south of Winnipeg has been a popular shopping destination for Winnipeggers for quite some time.
However, a variety of factors have kept Winnipeggers for making the trek down to Fargo:
- Cozier at Home: An influx of American shopping and restaurants chains have now arrived in Winnipeg. IKEA and H&M are just a few shopping chains that are now available at home. Popular U.S. restaurants like Famous Dave’s, Five Guys, IHOP, and Popeyes Chicken are also available within city limits.
- Grand Forks Offering More Options: Grand Forks, North Dakota, which is 2 and a half hours south of Winnipeg, has been adding more restaurants and shopping options. Those options make the extra hour drive to Fargo a little bit harder to justify.
- Canadian Dollar: Lastly, the weak Canadian dollar hasn’t made it financially logical to shop in the United States. The days when the Canadian Dollar being at par with the American green back are long gone, and unless you’re shopping for something that isn’t available in Canada, it’s just not work the trip.
The Fargo Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau is hoping they can get some Winnipeggers back to their city. For the entire month of April 2019, they are offering 25% off hotels for stays between Thursday – Sunday. You must book through the City of Fargo’s website to get the deal.
In addition, the first 50 Canadian visitors to stop by Guest Services at West Acres Shopping Center (located near the food court) will get a $20 mall gift card. (Hotel reservation confirmation number required. Limit one per reservation).
For more information, visit https://www.fargomoorhead.org/plan-a-trip/deals-discounts/canadian-specials/.