Looking for some of the best local produce and products? In Greater Victoria, you'll find a number of fantastic farmers' markets and street markets all summer long.
Here's our handy guide to help you explore them all.
These markets are all within walking distance of Downtown; so you won't have to drive or even take public transit to check them out. Of course, your ability to walk back from these markets will depend solely on how many treasures you find and pick up along the way.
Bastion Square Public Market
Opens for the season Thursday, April 28 and is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 11-4 until the end of September
Stretching from Victoria's waterfront on Wharf Street to Government Street, this colourful open-air market brings vibrancy to Bastion Square with its wonderful array of locally-produced arts, crafts and entertainment. Watch artisans as they create, or sit and enjoy the market atmosphere at one of the local outdoor cafes.
Ogden Point (grassy area next to the Breakwater, free parking)
Sundays June 19 through August 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Located at picturesque Ogden Point, the Breakwater Market features lots of local food artisans and award-winning crafters. One of the perks of this market: free beer and wine tastings.
James Bay Community Market
James Bay (grassy area at the corner of Menzies and Superior Streets)
Every Saturday rain or shine, May 7 to September 24, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Whether you're a local in need of some fresh red peppers or a visitor looking for that unique something from Victoria, the James Bay Community Market has it. Located in the funky downtown neighbourhood of James Bay, there's no telling what kind of unique characters or products you'll encounter!
Moss Street Market
1330 Fairfield Road
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. every Saturday, May through October, rain or shine.
The Moss Street Market is one of Victoria's most beloved, located in Fairfield just a 15-minute walk from downtown. With over 25 local and organic farmers, amazing prepared and hot food vendors, and dozens of local artisans, you'll eat, drink and mingle with the locals. Keep an eye out for the many art vendors who sell everything from hand-painted canvases to hand-carved wooden art pieces.
Oaklands Sunset Community Market
Oaklands Community Centre (2827 Belmont Ave.)
Wednesdays, June 22 through August 24, 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Oaklands Sunset Community Market showcases local farmers and vendors selling delectable breads, granolas, teas, baked goods and olive oils, as well as artisans displaying crafts, arts, pottery and designer jewellery. Food trucks offer a wide variety of ethnic and local eats and drinks and are available in the one-of-a-kind beer garden.
Ship Point Night Market
Ship Point (off Wharf Street below the Visitor Centre)
June 17-18 and 24-25, July 8-9, August 5-6 and 26-27, September 9-10 and 16-17, 6-10:30 p.m.
Inspired artists, mucicians, jugglers, and food vendors make the Ship Point Night Market a great arts and entertainment experience.
Victoria Flea Market
The Victoria Flea Market is southern Vancouver Island's best venue for vintage, retro and collectible items quality designed arts and crafts and recycled bargains.
Victoria Public Market
The Hudson (1701 Douglas Street)
Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Farmers' Market every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from March to November, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Victoria Public Market is a destination for hungry travellers and local food lovers. Located on the ground floor of the iconic Hudson Building, former home to The Hudson Bay Co., Canada's oldest department store chain.
Take a short cab or bus ride to visit any of these just-out-of-town markets. Tip: the Sidney and Peninsula markets are both located in the heart of Victoria's largest concentration of farmland, so you'll get incredible landcape views and super fresh produce at both.
Oak Bay Night Market
Oak Bay Avenue
June through September, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month
The Oak Bay Night Market is one you won't want to miss. The old-world charm of Oak Bay Avenue transforms beautifully into a European-style night market, where pedestrians and shoppers can find a wide range of fresh and local produce and food, handcrafted wood turned bowls, greeting cards, glass art, paper casting, fabric arts, jewellery, toys and freshly-made preserves and soaps.
Sidney Street Market
Beacon Avenue, Downtown Sidney
Thursdays from May 14 - August 27, 5:30-8:30pm
Taking place in the picturesque town of Sidney by the Sea, the Sidney Street Market features local food, crafts and gifts just a 20 minute drive from downtown Victoria up the Saanich Peninsula.
Goldstream Farmers Market
Veterans' Memorial Park, Langford
Saturdays May 7 through October 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Goldsteam Farmers Market is a community market in the Westshore dedicated to supporting and promoting local agriculture, food producers and artists. The market hosts an average of 30 vendors each week all of whom make, grow, bake or raise the products sold. Talk with the farmers and learn how they farm, what they grow, how to eat in season and which new varieties to try. The market also provides the opportunity for local musicians to perform and local non-profit groups to educate and inspire the community.
Esquimalt Farmers' Market
Esquimalt Town Square (behind the library)
Thursdays from May 26 to September 15, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30p.m
Head across the Johnson Street Bridge from downtown Victoria and you'll find yourself in funky, up-and-coming Esquimalt. Check out the Esquimalt Farmers Market, on every Thursday evening and meet local artisans and farmers, shop for local produce and treat yourself to dinner on the go from one of the market's many food trucks.
Peninsula Country Market
Saanich Fairground (1528 Stelly's Cross Road, Brentwood Bay)
Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. June 4 through October 8
The Peninsula Country Market has more than 50 vendors weekly offering farm fresh products, jams and jellies, honey, homemade bread, cut flowers, assorted fresh meats, organic product and a fine selection of arts and crafts. Enjoy a country morning among friends, live music, hot coffee, great munchies and children's activities.
Sure, these markets are a little bit out of the way, but we promise that getting there will be half the fun! Take a beautiful coastal drive out to Sooke, Metchosin or Shirley, or hop on a BC Ferry and take the scenic route to Salt Spring Island. You'll feel miles away (in the best way possible).
Sooke Country Market
Otter Point Road (across from Eustace Road)
Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. May 7 through October
The Sooke Country Market features fresh local vegetables and fruit, baked treats and bread, plants, flowers and seeds, eggs, local arts and crafts including woodworking leatherwork, sewing and jewellery.
Metchosin Farmers' Market
Metchosin Municipal Grounds (4450 Happy Valley Road)
Sundays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
A great place to buy fresh vegetables, breads, jams, salsa, baked goods and gifts (or crafts) for your loved ones, the Metchosin Farmers' Market is a fantastic place to explore and mingle with locals!
Shirley Country Market
Shirley Community Hall's Pioneer Park (West Coast Road, 20km west of Sooke)
Every Sunday, June 5 through September 4, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The drive alone makes the trip to Shirley totally worth it. If you've got a car and a sense of adventure, take the coast highway along the southern tip of the island to the quaint town of Shirley. You'll be drawn in by its unique coastal charm as you explore handcrafted goods by local artisans, crafts and farm-fresh products at the Shirley Country Market.
Salt Spring Island Saturday Market
Every Saturday, June through October, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
At the Salt Spring Island Saturday Market, you'll browse arts and crafts made locally on Salt Spring Island by world-class potters, jewellers, fibre artists, woodworkers, fine artists & photographers. Enjoy live music and entertainment and check out what started the market all those years ago - organic produce, farmstead cheeses, organic and delicious homemade snacks and food. As you wander through the market, make sure to say hello and strike up conversation with anyone you pass!
This unique market is home to over 140 artisans and food producers who all contribute to Salt Spring's international reputation as a hotbed of world-class artists and organic farmers.
For more information on Victoria's summer markets, visit the Visitor Centre located in Victoria's Inner Harbour.