Mary Thomson, left, and Linda Daly, right, both from Fort Erie, Ontario, talk during a break from shopping at the Walden Galleria Mall. // Best places for cross-border shopping(David Duprey, file.AP Photo)

Canada has many great destinations we wouldn't trade for anything: Cape Breton, Vancouver Island, Tim Hortons. Yet when it comes to shopping, most will agree the promised land lies with our neighbours to the south.

And as important as "Buy Canadian" has become, in this economy so is getting the most bang for your buck. With the loonie remaining strong against its U.S. counterpart, MSN looks at some of the best cross-border shopping spots for Canadians.

* The real cost of cross-border shopping
* Maximize your holiday spending dollars
* Tell us: Where do you go cross-border shopping?