Victoria’s abundance of public and farmer’s markets makes picking up local fresh produce, artisan crafts and handmade goods a truly authentic experience. With the summer season in full swing, we’re in awe at the variety of distinctly local offerings and memorable market experiences coming to neighbourhoods across Greater Victoria.
Here’s our team’s top five favourites for summer markets around town:
Moss Street Market
Arguably Victoria’s most recognized market, Moss Street Market takes place every Saturday throughout the summer at Sir James Douglas School in Fairfield. With more than 90 vendors offering sustainable and local products along with food and music, the Moss Street Market is great for meandering through for unique finds – rain or shine.
Ship Point Night Market
On Friday and Saturday evenings Ship Point Pier lights up with artisan vendors until 10:30pm, making it Victoria’s latest night market. Overlooking Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Ship Point Night Market is a great opportunity to take advantage of summer’s longer days and stunning sunsets.
Oaklands Sunset Market
For those with busy weekends, Oaklands Sunset Market is just the market for you. Taking place at Oaklands Community Centre on Wednesday evenings starting at 4:30pm, Oaklands Market offers fresh produce, hot food and even a beer garden; making it a great spot to celebrate getting over the mid-week hump.
James Bay Community Market
Two markets in one, the James Bay Community Market boasts handmade, homemade and homegrown offerings from the corner of Menzies and Superior Street on Saturdays, as well as at the Breakwater Market at Montreal Street and Dallas Road on Sundays.
Government Street Market
Our list on summer markets couldn’t be complete without the Government Street Market, a downtown destination for artisan crafts and and services. Taking place every Sunday on Government Street between Pandora and Fisgard Street, strolling the Government Street Market is a great way to burn off that Sunday brunch.
To learn more about all of the summer markets around town, we recommend starting on the City of Victoria’s Public Market page.