6 Must Visit Summer Farmers Markets in BC
Located in both small towns and big cities, regional farmers markets provide interactive opportunities for guests staying nearby to sample the region’s fresh fruits and vegetables and shop for handmade odds and ends
There’s nothing quite like visiting local farmers markets to truly get a feel for your summer vacation destination. With most markets in Western BC open to the public by May and lasting throughout the summer, residents and visitors have access to some of the freshest local produce and unique artisan products the province has to offer.
Located in both small towns and big cities, regional farmers markets provide interactive opportunities for guests staying nearby to sample the region’s fresh fruits and vegetables and shop for handmade odds and ends. Markets are family friendly, promote community and local businesses, and many even attract bands and host live shows. The following are some of BC’s best farmers markets, bound to offer a little something for everyone.
Sooke Country Market
Located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island in BC, Sooke is a summer visitor hotspot for fishing, hiking and surfing. Known for its beaches and lush wilderness parks, Sooke is a prime location in Western BC for those seeking an island adventure.
The Sooke Country Market is a local escape for guests to discover the town’s fresh produce, taste homemade baked goods, and support local artists. Located on Otter Point Road at Eustace Road, the market is open rain or shine and runs from May 6th to October 7th every Saturday from 10:00am-2:00pm.
Squamish Farmers Market
Since 2005, the Squamish Farmers Market has become a staple summer event connecting the Sea to Sky Corridor in BC. Surrounded by breathtaking mountain views, and located on the way to the world-famous Whistler peaks, Squamish thrives in the summer months just as it does in the winter. The town has become a popular mainstay for many BC residents, and offers visitors many mountain activities.
The Squamish Farmers Market includes booths for organic produce, nutritious and delicious treats, local crafts and jewellery, and numerous other diverse products. Located at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Victoria Street, the market runs from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturdays from April 1st through October 28th.
Fernie Mountain Market
Fernie, BC is located along the province’s southernmost corridor that runs east-west through the Rockies. As it lies on the Elk River, the city has a long mining and economic history, and recently has become a hub for scenic film shoots, in addition to housing one of Canada’s largest ski resorts.
Guests vacationing near Fernie’s fantastic peaks can soak in the views of surrounding Lizard Range at the annual Mountain Market. Running for almost two decades, the market is a popular summer spot to chat up local vendors and pick up one-of-a-kind crafts and creations. Taking place at Rotary Park, the market is open July 2nd to September 3rd, and runs every Sunday from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
Kimberley Farmers Market
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Kimberley, BC has become a go-to Western Canadian vacation destination, offering everything from championship golf courses to professional theatre productions. In addition to its well-known alpine ski resort, Kimberley was historically home to the world’s largest lead-zinc mine.
The Kimberley Farmers Market was initially established as part of Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook’s sustainability mission. Today, the market has become a popular city attraction for guests and neighbouring vendors. Running Thursdays from 5:00pm to 7:30pm June 22nd to September 7th, the market is an evening event that also provides live music for guests to enjoy.
Invermere Farmers & Artists Market
Invermere, located close to the BC-Alberta border, is the ideal summer location for residents from surrounding areas, as well as for adventurous visitors abroad. The area’s hot springs and ski hills are notorious in the cool winter months, with the warm summers providing the perfect climate for activities like golfing and gliding.
The Invermere Farmers & Artists Market takes place in downtown Invermere from June 10th to September 9th, and is ready for the public from 9am to 1pm. The market includes dozens of vendors, and offers live music from 10:00am to 1pm.
Vernon Farmers Market
The Okanagan city of Vernon has a long history in BC, and has been an economic hub since the 1800s. A lively destination year-round, Vernon welcomes snow sport enthusiasts in the winter, beach lovers during the summer months, and also houses an established art and theatre community. Vernon hosts North America’s 2nd largest Winter Carnival, as well as the iconic summer Sunshine Festival.
The Vernon Farmers Market is a huge hit for guests and Okanagan residents alike. The market has been cited as one of the best in the region, and houses over 200 vendors. It’s the perfect chance to sample some of the freshest fruits and vegetables grown in the Okanagan region. Set up at Kal Tire Place, in the summer the market runs Mondays and Thursdays from April 20th to October 30th, 8:00am to 1:00pm. One of few markets in BC running during the winter months, Vernon Farmers Market is also open from November to March, 12:00pm to 4:00pm.