Farmers’ Markets On Vancouver Island

With endless blue skies, sunshine and warm weekends in the near future, various farmers’ markets across Vancouver Island are gearing up for another deliciously successful season.

Quickly becoming internationally renowned for its artisan cheeses, homegrown bakeries, decadent table and dessert wines, jams, fresh eggs, organic fruits, sweet honey and lavender, Vancouver Island is a virtual paradise for “foodies”. From the North Island to the Gulf Islands to the Capital Region, there are delicacies waiting for everyone.


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Campbell River Pier Street Farmers’ Market

    Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Maritime Heritage Centre – 621 North Island Highway
    [website]

Cedar Farmers’ MarketSundays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
2313 Yellow Point Road
[website not available]

Colwood Farmers’ Market

    Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre – 1767 Island Highway
    [website]

Comox Valley Farmers’ Market

    Saturdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds – 4835 Headquarters Road
    [website]

Coombs Old Country Market

    Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Highway 4A between Parksville and Port Alberni.
    [website]

Denman Island Farmers’ Market

    Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Recycling Centre at Marcus Isbister Old School Centre on Denman Road
    [website not available]

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Downtown Duncan Farmers’ Market

    Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Corner of Lois Lane and Craig Street in downtown Duncan
    [website]

Errington Farmers’ Market

    Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    1390 Errington Road
    [website]

Gold River Farmers’ Market

    Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Location to be determined – Contact Christine O’Neil with community input and feedback
    [website]

Hornby Island Farmers’ Market

    Saturdays and Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Hornby Island Community Hall – corner of Central Road and Sollans Road
    [website]

James Bay Community Market (Victoria)

    Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Corner of Menzies Street and Superior Street
    [website]

Nanaimo Downtown Farmers’ Market

    Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Pioneer Waterfront Plaza on Front Street
    [website]

Port Alberni Farmers’ Market

    Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Foot of Argyle Street at Harbour Quay
    [website]

Quadra Island Farmers’ Market & Bazaar

    Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Quathiaski Cove – West Road
    [website]

Qualicum Beach Farmers’ Market

    Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Corner of First Street and Memorial Avenue in downtown Qualicum Beach
    [website]

Salt Spring Island’s Saturday Market

    Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (rain or shine)
    Centennial Park in the town of Ganges
    [website]

Sayward Summer Sunday Market

    Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Sayward Heritage Community Hall – 1257 Sayward Road
    [website]

Sidney Summer Market

    Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Beacon Avenue (closed to vehicular traffic)
    [website not available]

Sooke Country Market

    Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    2047 Otter Point Road
    [website]

Tofino Public Market

    Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Village Green – Corner of Third Street and Campbell Street
    [website not available]

Many markets open in April, some in May and a few not until June. Check the websites for more specific information. If you know of another great farmers’ market on the Island not listed above, please feel free to add it in the comments!

Get outside, enjoy the bounty our Island has to offer, and don’t forget your SPF and reusable shopping bags!

3 Comments on “Farmers’ Markets On Vancouver Island

  1. Great post Keira. Not only do goods from farmer’s markets tend to taste better and be more delicious and high quality, but this is increasingly more and more important in our world to seek out local goods.

    Last night I watched Food Inc. and it made me sick to my stomach… and even though I tend towards organic/local ingredients, I think it’s even more important to support smaller local farmers, not just the large companies that grow organic.

    Anyway, this is a wonderful post, and I hope you can do something like this for the Vancouver area as well!

  2. It makes me sad that I work on both days that the Farmer’s Market is open…I do have one bonus though…I get fresh free range eggs delivered to me at work every two weeks! I do try to hit the local veggie stands whenever I can…nothing better that Sieferts English cucumbers and baby potatoes.

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